The seg-fund space has evolved considerably in recent years and where all types of equity, fixed income and balanced mandates used to only exist as a mutual fund, they now have an analogue in the segregated fund realm as well. Using a segregated fund as an investment vehicle opens the door to a host of features for your client and offers them protection throughout their life and beyond. Most of these features are unique to insurance-based investment products and may not be available through traditional investments like a GIC or mutual fund. So what are some of these great features of a segregated fund? Continue reading “Segregated Funds and What They Mean for your Client”
A spousal* RRSP is exactly what it appears to be, quite simply a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) for a spouse; a plan that can not only help your client and their spouse set aside funds for their retirement, but can save them some tax dollars in the process. The general idea of the spousal RRSP is that one person, typically the higher earner, contributes money to the plan on behalf of their spouse. The main benefit for your client is that a contribution can be made each year (subject to your client’s contribution limit) and their spouse will see a tax-free return until those assets are withdrawn. Continue reading “How a Spousal RRSP Can Benefit Your Client”
The age-old question when planning for retirement is ‘how much do I need to save’. This calculator asks your clients how much annual income they’d like in retirement and for how long and gives them an idea of how much capital they’ll need to save before retirement to make their dream a reality.
Have your clients ever wondered what the net impact would be on their CPP Benefits depending on when they choose to start withdrawing? Continue reading “CPP Benefits – Early or Later”
If your client is interested in maximizing their RESP contributions, we have outlined a great strategy for them to consider. Continue reading “Helping Your Client Maximize their RESP”
Over the last few decades, everything in our life has been moving onto a digital platform, from navigation and communication to banking and investing. Life Insurance has been fairly resistant to these trends. Necessity, however, is the mother of all invention. Continue reading “Getting Documents Signed Remotely: eSignatures”
We’ve all entered a new reality in the last few weeks. Working remotely is becoming the norm rather than the exception, even if only temporarily. But what does that mean for your business? Are you set up to continue working remotely? Do you have the software and tools to maximize your productivity and effectiveness during this period?
In this article we’re going to cover some of the options available to you, and the issues you should be aware of to ensure you can continue working in a safe and effective manner.
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Zoom is a very popular, inexpensive, and easy to use software to start video conferencing with your clients and coworkers. It does have some privacy concerns that you should be aware of. A number of enterprises are prohibiting the use of Zoom for their employees, for security reasons, so be aware that some of your clients may be impacted by that if you set up a Zoom meeting with them.
Microsoft 365 is a great option as well, especially for those that are already using Microsoft’s office tools. 365 comes with Teams which has much of the same functionality as Zoom plus many other great collaboration features.
If you’re interested in getting started with Microsoft 365, you can find more information about their plans here. If you don’t currently use Microsoft 365 you’ll likely want the premium plan for $16/month which includes Teams plus stand-alone downloaded versions of all of your primary office tools (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.). If you already have a previous version of the Office suite, then you may be fine with the Essential package for $6.40/month which is limited to web versions of the office suite but still includes access to Teams. Continue reading “Taking Back the Remote Control”
When it comes to time, there just does not seem to be enough of it these days, especially with the current COVID-19 situation and the many adjustments we have all had to make to continue generating business. As an Advisor, you want to provide your clients with the best possible service, but like many of us, you are probably grappling with how to do so while working from home in self-isolation. The solution is simple – technology! Continue reading “Trying to Manage your Business from Home? E‑Apps Can Help!”
In our new digital information era, traditional marketing has been turned on it’s head. People have been empowered by mobile devices and the internet to find their own answers online. Traditional advertising has become less and less effective as a result, and it’s forcing us to think creatively about how we reach out to clients. Continue reading “Content is King”
If your client is new to the world of investing, they may find the wide range of different plan types, investment product categories and methods of investing both confusing and overwhelming. Continue reading “The ABCs of Investing in Under 5 Minutes…”