Succession Planning for Business Owners

Business owners deal with a unique set of challenges. One of these challenges includes succession planning. A succession plan is the process of the transfer of ownership, management and interest of a business. When should a business owner have a succession plan? A succession plan is required through the survival, growth and maturity stage of a business. All business owners, partners and shareholders should have a plan in place during these business stages.

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15 Ways to Damage your Financial Well-Being Mid-Life

Since my 1980 start in the financial industry, I have had many clients retire only to realize a big disconnect between how they envisioned their retirement versus the assets that they have accumulated.

For most people, it is not just one mistake made over the years, but rather a multitude of poor financial decisions, many of which were implemented mid-life (from age 35 to 55).

The 15 most common reasons that financial health was negatively impacted:

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Introducing Estate at Ease, offered through Canada Life

After a loved one dies, paperwork is the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Estate at Ease, offered through Canada Life makes this easier.

Managing a loved one’s estate can be an additional stress for executors who are already grieving a loss. Estate at Ease™ estate documentation and identity theft protection service can alleviate some of this burden. It’s an opportunity to help your client’s beneficiary in their time of grief.

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Considerations when Choosing an Executor

As financial advisors, we are often asked about the importance of an up to date Will, Power of Attorney and Representation Agreements. Shockingly 56% of adult Canadians do not have a current or valid Will, leading us to recommend updating these documents, along with a discussion on who should be considered as the Executor.

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When should you start collecting the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)?

This question is usually asked of me, often as my clients get into their 50’s and the retirement horizon starts coming into focus.

My reply is that there is no one answer that is right or wrong, it really comes down to personal circumstances and the “luck of the draw’ as to what your life expectancy will be.

In 2020 the maximum CPP benefit for someone retiring at age 65 is $1,175.83. This figure is made up of contributions you and your employer have made since you were 18 and first entered the work force. Keep in mind that not all Canadians qualify for the full maximum, most receive less than the maximum.

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Protecting Investments for Your Heirs

Many investors over the age of 60 find themselves in a quandary regarding investments that they intend to leave to their heirs.  The primary concern involves the desire to conserve the investments they are bequeathing while at the same time earning a reasonable rate of return.  As we all know, the volatility of the equity markets can be cruel and this can be most detrimental when investments do not have time to recover after a downturn. 

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Segregated Funds for Estate Planning

As we age and our thoughts turn to estate planning, Segregated Funds may present a valuable planning opportunity.  As we progress through the stages of life our investment focus changes from growth to income to preservation.  Usually, the expected rates of return reduce as we age, primarily because we have less time to make up for a loss and feel the need to be more conservative in our approach.

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