Christmas Wish 2019

Among the many words we use during the Christmas season, Peace invariably penetrates my heart. We make a choice when we embrace peace and it is a very personal choice. A folk song from the 1950s said it best: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” From the surface, Peace […]

Don’t Let Comparison Ruin Your Christmas

It’s that time of the year! The Christmas Holidays are quickly approaching! We are all looking forward to the precious time celebrating with loved ones! Despite this joyous time there is one thing that has the potential to spoil everything: comparison. The real danger of comparison is that rather than being grateful for what and […]

Be a Truth Teller

On April 30, 2009, near the bottom of the massive global credit crisis, Chrysler LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to renegotiate its debt and other obligations. The result was that most of its assets were sold to a new company, Chrysler Group LLC. Although several groups cooperated in the reorganization, the leadership for […]

What Gratitude Means to Us

There is a phrase that we use a lot in our family: “We stand on the shoulder of giants.” To us it means that so many people came before us and by their blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices we are here today. This all comes down to the principle of gratitude. The biggest enemy working […]

Don’t Let Your Fear Outweigh Your Faith

We spend our lives either pursuing pleasure or avoiding pain. Obviously, pleasure is a far more desirable outcome than pain but I would like to focus on the acts of pursuit (guided by faith) and avoidance (guided by fear), as they will determine our outcomes. Faith and fear are both necessary and it’s status quo […]

Always Create More Than You Consume

While listening to a podcast by Robin Sharma on “Why So Few Succeed,” one passage profoundly struck me: We live in a civilization of consumers. Buy this, eat this, do this, consume this. But the top 5%, those who play in the rare air of world class are not consumers, they’re creators. Let’s be clear. […]

The Power of Volunteering

A good friend of mine once told me that most people are not born volunteers. However, we are hard wired to help others when asked. I’m asking. The world needs you and you need it. We are all built for community! The United Nations Volunteer site says it well: “People the world over engage in […]

The Mortgage vs. Savings Dilemma

After all the bills are paid, we sometimes find ourselves with a surplus of cash and wondering how best to use it. Your options for available cash fall into three categories: spend it, invest it, or pay down debt. Trying to balance saving as much as possible while still trying to pay down a mortgage […]

Do Nothing With Your Inheritance – for Now.

Estate

Occasionally, we may receive a windfall – a large, unexpected sum of money. In most cases, these windfalls come from inheritances, usually from parents or grandparents. The fact is, the money usually comes as a result of hard work and a series of prudent investment choices over time. This gift implies a level of responsibility […]

9 Retirement Lies People Tell You

Income Planning

Have you heard about the Silver Tsunami? Like a real tsunami, you often don’t see it until it’s washing over you! Here are a few facts to consider: The leading edge of the Boomers turned 65 in 2012. On average, 1,250 Canadians turn 65 years old every single day. No wonder the OAS office is so […]

5 Ways to Be Smart When the Markets Drop

We all love market volatility – as long as it is on the upside!.  Unfortunately, history has shown us that every bull market is often followed by an aggressive bear market.   Sometimes the market falls hard and fast, but that doesn’t have to mean catastrophe. Being smart when times are tough can be just as […]

A Financial Plan – the Missing Piece of the Puzzle?

Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you get to the end of a jigsaw puzzle and it’s ruined because you’re missing one final piece of the puzzle? Why then are we not more disturbed when we realize that the key piece of our own life’s masterpiece is missing? The Financial Planning Standards Council conducted a […]

Making Your Mark

The work is almost done. You’ve accumulated a nest egg that will assure the retirement lifestyle you planned for. The golf course beckons, as does that year-long world cruise.  You are happy – or are you?  I like to focus on the positive, but we need to address a disturbing trend – traditional retirement often fosters decay and depression.  The problem is simple. Human beings are goal […]

RRSP or TFSA?

Life is too precious to fret over decisions that should be simple. The decision on whether to invest in your RRSP or TFSA is no exception. Let’s bring some clarity! The Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) or a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) debate affects most investors and often, the answer involves a combination of […]

Pay Down Mortgage or Top Up TFSA?

The problem with accumulating more wealth is in deciding what to do with your excess cash. The biggest question has always been: “contribute to investments or pay off the mortgage?” Opting for both, reducing debt and increasing savings, is the ideal. As for which is better, however, really depends on the you, your goals,  feelings […]

The Relationship Between Health and Wealth

“A man who has his health has a thousand dreams. The man who doesn’t have his health has but one” Author unknown Tweet As many of us know, financial stress can impact many areas of our lives. A study conducted by Fidelity in collaboration with Stanford University found that the worse financial shape we are […]

The Financial Procrastination Breakthrough

Everybody procrastinates about something You are not alone. We all think that others have it together, but the truth is that we are all financial procrastinators. From years of experience with clients, I know that reality and perception can be totally different. In varying degrees, we all have masks that hide the full truth of […]

The 6D Tax Planning Approach

I am told that the full version of our Federal Income Tax Act is more than 3,000 pages. I don’t believe it. If you’ve ever tried to look something up on the CRA website, you’ll understand that it has almost infinite dimensions! This also does not account for the various provincial tax regimes. Although we […]

Will Someone Please Teach the Kids About Money?

Over the years spent teaching financial planning courses, I could count on two common comments: I should have taken this course years ago. My children should take this course. Although we’re not currently offering our courses, we are reaching out through WealthSmarts to help people more effectively reach their goals through sound wealth management. Our […]

Dollar-Cost Averaging – the Right Thing to Do

Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) is a simple systematic approach to buying investments.  DCA tempers the volatility of your investment portfolio by breaking down large investments into smaller ones over time. Instead of buying a large single investment all at once, the intended purchase is parceled into smaller pieces and spread over a period of time. […]