Financial Library

Distributing assets to your heirs

Estate planning is much easier when everything is well documented.

The following worksheet can help you itemize how you want the assets in your estate distributed. It will also be helpful when preparing or updating your Will.

Be sure to consult with your advisor as to which assets may have potential tax liabilities so that you can address these concerns in your estate plan.

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Maintaining Independence

Over the next 10 years, as Babyboomers begin retiring the majority of these retirees will face financial challenges related to caring for aging parents.

The family home is often strongly connected to many wonderful life memories, therefore most seniors prefer to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

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Canadian Market Recovery After Financial Crises

During financial crises, stock prices suffer. However, they typically recover over time.

This chart illustrate the cumulative returns of a balanced (60% stock/40% bond) portfolio after five historical financial crises. In the short term, uncertainty from such external shocks can create sudden drops in value. For example, the portfolio posted a negative return one month after the October 1987 stock-market crash. Over a longer period of time, however, returns were much more attractive, and investors who stayed the course reaped considerable rewards.

Mortgage Rules Tightened

In an effort to crack down on speculators and to discourage people from taking on too much debt, Ottawa is tightening mortgage rules again. These new rules are expected to take effect April 19, 2010.

There is growing concern that the housing market in Canada may be overheating. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stresses that while there is no bubble in Canada's real estate market now, these new mortgage measures are a proactive step to help prevent a housing bubble from occurring.

Budget Your Way to Financial Independence

For the book The Millionaire Next Door, researchers asked the question, 'Do you know how much your family spends each year for food, clothing and shelter?' Almost two thirds (62.4 percent) of the millionaires said 'yes.' Only about 35% of non-millionaires said they did, even though they are high-income earners.

The millionaires also budgeted very carefully for savings and most save 20% or more of their gross income. Few save less than 15%. 'Why save so much,' you ask? Quite simply, for emergencies, opportunities and to provide future income.

Lessons to the Young (and not-so-Young)

Can society's elders teach the young anything? History often dictated the young had to experience disaster for themselves before believing they were heading into it. This has frustrated many parents. But the enormity of the 2008 financial collapse may provide the lesson and opportunity to steer the young in the right direction.

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