Category Archives: Insurance

Facts of life: creative uses for life insurance

Life insurance protects our loved ones from financial disaster should a family lose a bread winner due to a premature death. In fact, insurance often is an essential part of your financial planning, perhaps far more important than investing. However, there are other innovative uses that can make life insurance a low-cost solution to certainContinue Reading

Understanding the Capital Dividend Account

What is a Capital Dividend Account? The Capital Dividend Account, or CDA, is a notational account that small business can use to pay out tax free income to its shareholders.  Small business must be a Canadian controlled private corporation (CCPC), in order to use this notational account. The Capital Dividend Account makes note of certain incomeContinue Reading

3 ways to Build a Financial Safety Net

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect” – Oscar Wilde Life throws curves. Sometimes those curve-balls lead us to amazing opportunities, sometimes they lead us through tremendous stress and heartache. When those curve-balls impact our financial well-being our stress levels tend to be amplified and the amount of time it takes us toContinue Reading

How much life insurance do you need?

The question of how much life insurance to carry can be a daunting one. The bottom line is that you need coverage if you have a family or others who depend on you. I don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to life insurance.  That being said, I also think the process to figuringContinue Reading

Pitfalls of The Insured Retirement Strategy

Back in mid-1990′s the insurance industry came out with a new concept called the Insured Retirement Strategy.   The idea is that you build tax-deferred investment values inside a life insurance policy during your earning years.  Upon retirement, rather than withdrawing funds from the insurance policy (which would trigger taxes)  you instead use the policy asContinue Reading