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Let’s face it, raising a family today can be financially challenging. The cost of living continues to increase, housing costs are rising along with education and extra-curricular activities for our children. It is tough to make ends meet and still have something left over at the end of each month. Most families today require both parents to work to afford the lifestyle they enjoy. Losing one of those incomes through premature death, illness or a disability is a real risk that many families would have a difficult time facing emotionally and financially.
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February 3, 2017 at 11:31 am | by Alex Preswick
Have you found yourself wondering if you really need that life insurance policy you pay for every month? You are not alone. As time goes on we often forget the reasons behind purchasing the amount and type of coverage we did. For this reason it is advisable to have regular reviews to make sure you are adequately protected. Perhaps you are having trouble making ends meet and are looking to trim expenses. Maybe you simply don’t think you need it because the kids are getting older and your obligations to them have diminished. Some may feel that they have enough assets accumulated that insurance is no longer necessary and even a waste of money. Before you make the decision to cancel your life insurance policy, consider these compelling reasons to keep it.
January 3, 2017 at 11:51 am | by Alex Preswick
As a business owner, you may be aware that when you dispose of shares in your business you could receive an exemption on all or a portion of the capital gains that ordinarily would be taxable. This is due to the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption which says that, for 2016, up to $824,176* of capital gains is exempt from taxation. The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) is available to individuals who are disposing of or deemed to have disposed of: 1. Qualified Small Business Corporation (QSBC) shares; 2. Qualified farm property; or 3. Qualified fishing property **.
Canadians may need to rethink their risk management
In a recent study conducted by the Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA), it was reported that 61% of Canadians hold some form of life insurance. Surprisingly, it also revealed that only 38% of Canadians own an individual life insurance contract. In another study of middle class Canadians, Manulife reported that 79% had no individual disability insurance and 87% had no individual critical illness coverage. What both of these studies conclude is that most Canadians rely heavily on their group benefits for their family’s insurance protection.
November 4, 2016 at 11:31 am | by Alex Preswick
The Sandwich Generation was a term coined by Dorothy Miller in 1981 to describe adult children who were “sandwiched” between their aging parents and their own maturing children. There is even a term for those of us who are in our 50’s or 60’s with elderly parents, adult children and grandchildren – the Club Sandwich. More recently, the Boomerang Generation (the estimated 29% of adults ranging in ages 25 to 34, who live with their parents), are adding to the financial pressures as Boomers head into retirement. It is estimated that by 2026, 1 in 5 Canadians will be older than 65. This means fewer adults to both fund and provide for elder care. Today, it is likely that the average married couple will have more living parents than they do children.