Keep track of your expenses for two weeks and see how it lines up to your budget. It can be eye-opening to see where you're spending your money! Little things like bringing your lunch instead of buying it and brewing your own coffee at home instead of stopping on the way to work can add up. Walking or riding your bike to work can help you save on gas and parking while getting fit.
Estate planning is essential but often overlooked. Having a will drafted by a professional is important at every age because it allows you to distribute assets as you wish. It also serves as the cornerstone of your overall estate plan that includes choosing an executor and power of attorney documents for health care and property.
04/05/2017 12:28 EDT
Taking a proactive, calm and collected approach to your finances has many benefits. But sometimes it's easier said than done. What are some strategies to reduce the impact of financial stress?
01/19/2017 12:42 EST
Along the way, you've assembled a trail of savings -- a locked-in retirement account here, a defined contribution pension plan there, a mutual fund account at your bank and some stocks in a discount brokerage. It doesn't take long before your assets start to look like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces in various places.
09/26/2016 12:00 EDT
Close to 42 per cent of investors believe the Canadian economy will enter into a recession in 2016, according to the Market Sentiment Report by Sun Life Global Investments. The numbers are even higher...
07/19/2016 01:47 EDT
Now is a great time to re-visit your portfolio. Investing too conservatively could impact your ability to reach your long-term goals. In fact, you could actually be losing money once you factor in inflation, especially in today's low interest rate environment.
04/18/2016 05:56 EDT
The 2015 Sun Life Financial Annual Check-Up found that 66% of Canadians say their debt level is the same or worse than it was at this time last year. Though 67% say they're optimistic about 2016, only 13% note that paying down debt is among their top three New Year's resolutions. Just four per cent rank savings as a top resolution. Now is the time to make that change!
02/12/2016 05:23 EST
With a longer life expectancy, women have to realize the impact that overly conservative investing can have on their ability to reach their financial goals.
11/20/2015 02:08 EST
Retirement planning is multi-dimensional. Consideration has to be given to both the quantitative and qualitative factors. Framed another way, it's almost like a tale of mathematics and emotions. Both are equally important as they guide you through the next phase of your life.
08/12/2015 12:11 EDT
Millennials are a cautious bunch when it comes to their money. It's not surprising given the economic downturn of 2008 is still fresh. For many young Canadians, this market chaos was their first experience with investing. But it's important to let cooler minds prevail: avoiding the markets altogether is not wise, especially with so much time on your side.
06/12/2015 08:25 EDT
With another RRSP season squarely behind us, now is as good a time as any for reflection. The last-minute mad dash to make a contribution is generally at odds with proper savings discipline. You can turn anxiety around by extending your savings plan beyond the RRSP season. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind.
04/08/2015 12:27 EDT
Another option for affluent families like Hugo and Milena is to consider setting up a family trust. It works best when families have a significant amount to settle into the trust or loan the trust. This may be considered for amounts over $1 million due to the costs to set up the trust and its ongoing administration.
02/11/2015 06:06 EST
A growing number of wealthy people have decided to pledge their fortunes to charity rather than leaving large inheritances to their children or extended family. Giving to charity isn't just a smart strategy for community-building: it provides tax benefits too.
12/04/2014 05:59 EST
What should women expect in terms of a financial plan? The plan should include a cash flow projection -- this means how much money you earn and spend in a month, a net worth statement -- which are your assets minus your liabilities, as well as a projection of your net worth throughout their lifetime.
10/30/2014 05:59 EDT
While every individual situation is different, there are some things one can do to prepare for their retirement, especially with the RRSP deadline just around the corner. This is a time of year we all think about saving and it is a good reminder, however a well thought out plan can help you ensure you save regularly and are not playing catch up when time is running out.
02/19/2014 09:00 EST
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