Why Living Off Your Portfolio’s Interest in Retirement is Dangerous

What if you could live off your portfolio’s interest without spending any of your principal? Wouldn’t that be something to know that your original capital is still there every time you look at your portfolio? With interest rates higher than they’ve been in years, this seems more possible than ever. However, this can be a…

Retiring Soon, Consider these 3 things

Retiring Soon? 3 Things to Consider

Drawing from countless conversations with retirees, if you’re retiring soon, I think you should consider these three core components.   Clarity on Your Retirement Goals and Expenses The foundation of a successful retirement lies in having a clear vision of your retirement goals and expenses. Whether you’re a budget enthusiast or not, outlining your expected…

Managing Your Tax Brackets in Retirement

Managing Your Tax Brackets in Retirement

https://youtu.be/hZniNa0reho In the quest to effectively draw down your retirement portfolio, there’s one critical mistake you can’t afford to make—not managing your tax brackets in retirement. As we’ve explored in previous discussions, there’s no universal approach to withdrawing from your retirement savings. Your unique circumstances demand a tailored strategy. Let’s dig into the crucial concept…

Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategies

Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategies

Do you find yourself burdened by high taxes during retirement? Focusing on tax-efficient retirement withdrawal strategies could save you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes throughout your retirement.   The Retirement Tax Challenge Retirement success hinges on three critical factors: your savings, the accounts you invest in, and the performance of…

NHL Draft To-Do List

NHL Draft To-Do List

NHL Draft To-Do List With the 2023 NHL Entry Draft less than a month away, potential draftees should consider three important “To-Do” items. These tasks may vary depending on the round in which you’re selected, and they are worth addressing sooner rather than later. As of May 1st, 2023, 21 out of the 32 players…

Beware of Buying Investments before the end of the year

Beware Of Buying Investments Before End Of The Year

It’s the beginning of December, and Bob has purchased a rental property from his brother. Imagine how unfair it would be if Bob had to pay tax on his brother’s rental income for the entire year. Fortunately for Bob, that’s not the case, but this can happen when you purchase an investment in a non-registered account. Today, we’ll look at the dangers…

Should You Be Using More Than One Financial Advisor?

Should You Be Using More Than One Financial Advisor?

Instances of clients using multiple advisors rose after Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was revealed during the 2008 financial crisis. However, in good or bad times, multiple advisors can lead to higher fees and lost efficiencies. Ponzi Scheme Protection Nobody wants to be the victim of a Ponzi scheme, so using multiple advisors sounds appealing as…

Invest Large Lump Sum of Money Tax-Efficiently By Using Your Children

Invest Large Lump Sum of Money Tax-Efficiently By Using Your Children

Here is the scenario You’ve just inherited $1,000,000. You invest the million and it starts generating $40,000/year in dividends. $40,000 is great until you realize the tax man takes away $15,114 every year, leaving you with $24,886. What can you do? Well, you have these kids, your kids! And their current annual income is a big…

NHL Disability Claims

NHL Disability Claims

Career-Ending Disability Claims In a previous article – Insurance Coverage in the NHL – I outlined the coverage provided for players through the current CBA. If a player is to end their career due to a disability, they are entitled to a one-time benefit as long as their injury meets the following parameters:   “Disability…

Retirement Plan Leads to $900,000 in Savings

Retirement Plan Leads to $900,000 in Savings

Here is a real-life example of how two tweaks to a couple’s retirement plan, saved them over $900,000. For this video, we start by going over Donna and Steve’s (names have changed for confidentiality reasons) background and going over a few assumptions that need to be made. Follow along as we find out what their…

Where Should I Invest?

Where Should I Invest?

Today I will be discussing an option that business owners have when they have some cash inside the corporation that they do not need to fund their business. The question is “I have some money.  Where should I invest? Inside my corporation, or should I invest it personally inside an RRSP?”   Two Options Imagine…

AgriInvest, Withdraw

AgriInvest

Today I want to talk to you about AgriInvest and why you should be withdrawing it.   Leaving it in your AgriInvest Account When you put money in AgriInvest, let us say $5,000 in this scenario. The government will match your $5,000, for a total of $10,000 in your account. It is not always this…

Tax Season Part 4: RCA Trusts

RCA Trust

Tax Season: Part 4 discusses RCA Trusts. An RCA Trust is an option for players playing in Canada to help mitigate some of the higher taxes they will have to pay. RCA stands for retirement compensation agreement. Let’s discuss an overview of: how the trust works how you use it the biggest benefit of the…

Dale Weise

Conversation with Dale Weise

Financial Advice from a Current Pro In a recent conversation with Dale Weise, we discussed some of his experiences with investments and financial advisors throughout his career. Unfortunately for Dale, his experiences fall under the “less than ideal” category. However, he’s gained valuable insight from these experiences that have helped him get to a great…

Tax Planning Strategies - Part 4

Tax Planning Strategies: Dealing with Capital Gains (Part 4)

Wanda has been investing for a long time and is quite familiar with buying when prices are low and selling when prices are high. Past non-registered account purchase In 2010, she had purchased $100,000 of ABC Corp, and today, it’s worth $250,000. Wanda is now ready to sell her investment as she believes the stock…

Tax Planning Strategies - Part 3

Tax Planning Strategies: Tax-Loss Selling (Part 3)

Tax-Loss Selling Judy bought $400,000 of ABC Bank shares in her non-registered account. Today her ABC Bank shares are worth $375,000, and she is showing a $25,000 loss. Judy plans on holding these shares for the next ten years, so she isn’t overly concerned with the short term drop in her investment. For this week’s…

Multiply your Capital Gains Exemption

Let’s Multiply Your Capital Gains Exemption

Let’s Multiply Your Capital Gains Exemption As a farmer, you have a lifetime exemption of one million dollar on the sale of farmland. If you exceed that amount, you could be looking at a large tax bill. Here is an option to increase your capital gains exemption. In this video, we will show two things. First, when no plan is in place and the ensuing tax bill. Second, how your tax bill may be substantially decreased with the aid of using this approach.…

Tax Planning Strategies - Part 2

Tax Planning Strategies: 4 Strategies You Should Implement this Year (Part 2)

It’s the beginning of December, and Bob has purchased a rental property from his brother. Imagine how unfair it would be if Bob had to pay tax on his brother’s rental income for the entire year. Fortunately for Bob, that’s not the case, but this can happen when you purchase an investment in a non-registered…

Managing Your Portfolio in Retirement

Managing Your Portfolio in Retirement

  Managing Your Portfolio in Retirement The financial industry tends to make things more complex than they need to be. As a result, topics like this usually go in one ear and out the other. My aim with this webinar is to simplify this topic by providing an explanations (in simple English). This webinar will cover topics to be aware of as you approach or are…

Retirement What You Need to Know

Retirement: What You Need to Know

    You’ve worked hard for decades, and now that you are approaching or entering retirement, you could find yourself exposed to significant taxes without the proper strategies in place. Keep more of what you’ve built and enjoy the retirement you deserve.   This complimentary video will cover the following topics: Am I on track…

The GIS Strategy How To Receive Tax-Free Income

The GIS Strategy: How To Receive Tax-Free Income

As an Investment Advisor and Certified Financial Planner, I’m relied upon to reduce my client’s tax bill as much as possible. Today, I wanted to share with you a strategy that, if implemented correctly, can see your family receive nearly $140,000 tax-free from the government. That’s a lot of money in your pocket for merely…

How Commuting Your Pension Allows You To Manipulate Your Income

How Commuting Your Pension Allows You To Manipulate Your Income

Deciding between commuting your pension or opting for the monthly income stream is a big retirement decision that contains several complexities. In this brief 3-minute video I provide clarity on the benefits of taking the commuted value compared to the monthly income stream. If you’d like to discuss your personal situation and explore your financial…

Financial Advice for Manitoba Hydro Employees

Financial Advice for Manitoba Hydro Employees

I’ve had the pleasure of working with several clients who work or have retired from Manitoba Hydro. While each person’s financial situation is different, some commonalities exist amongst those sharing and employer. This guide identifies those shared characteristics and provides advice regarding their financial planning implications. What makes your financial situation unique? As an employee…

How to Properly Manage a Retirement Portfolio

How to properly manage a retirement portfolio

  Are you tired of turning on the nightly news and worrying about how the day’s events are affecting your retirement portfolio? Are you worried about the day-to-day fluctuations of the stock market? This week we take a look at how to properly manage your retirement portfolio with the Bucketing Strategy so that you can…

Early Retirement Package

Important considerations to make before accepting an early retirement package

Companies will often offer employees early retirement packages to encourage them to retire. This is usually done when the company is looking to cut costs and reduce staff. Before making a decision, there are many questions to be addressed. All of which are specific to individual preferences and circumstances. Here are eight such considerations to…

What happens to pension

What happens when you withdraw your pension?

    Today we’ll be going over what happens when choosing the lump sum payout option from your defined benefit pension plan. As you’re likely aware, a defined benefit pension plan will pay you a monthly income for life, so why choose the lump sum payout option instead? A few common reasons include: Pension Sustainability:…

How I Became Passionate About Money Management

Growing up, the local credit union in my town set up a program where kids could bring money to school with them and have it deposited into their bank accounts. Every month, I would try to fill up my deposit envelope as much as I could. I’d save my birthday money, my allowance, and whatever I could find in the couch. I would retain a few dollars for myself, so I could afford to buy candy, but other than that it all went towards my savings. Looking back, I wasn’t…