FARM FINANCIAL PLANNING

Now that you’ve built it up, the question is – How do you transition and slowly step away?

Is Farmland a Good Investment? Part 2

Last week we looked at the cash flow farmland generates (See Part 1). We assumed one acre was worth $6,000 and the rental income was $130/acre. This gave us a rate of return of approximately 2.17% on the rental income. We concluded there were alternative investments with better rates of return (GICs and dividend-paying stocks…

Is Farmland a Good Investment?

My immediate response would be, who’s asking? An investor or a farmer? Because their goals for the farmland are completely different. Farmers have multiple reasons why farmland would be a good investment beyond simply looking at the rate of return. For this analysis, let’s look at it from the perspective of an investor. This could…

Selling the Farm

Investing after you’ve sold the farm

  You’ve done your tax and succession planning, you’ve had the big farm auction, and your farm is sold. You’ve given some money to the kids, you’ve paid off your debt, you’ve made a few charitable donations, and you’re left sitting with $2,000,000 in cash. Now you’re left wondering, “Where do I even begin with…

Private Health Service Plan

How to convert your health expenses into corporate expenses

  I’m Colin Sabourin, Certified Financial Planner and investment advisor with Harbourfront Wealth Management. Today, I’ll be showing you how to tax-efficiently convert your family’s healthcare costs, into a corporate expense with the use of Private Health Service Plans. The scenario Here’s our scenario. You go to the dentist for your annual checkup, and lo…

Winnipeg Financial Planning

Is life insurance an investment or expense?

Are you thinking about purchasing life insurance as a succession planning tool, but having trouble wrapping your head around the annual costs? You might be thinking, “I could be using this cash to buy more land, pay off debt, increase my salary, upgrade my equipment, etc.” I get it, insurance isn’t a very exciting topic,…

Girl working Farm

Should I buy life insurance today or tomorrow?

Life insurance is one tool farmers use to help equalize their estate. Below is a comparison of the different costs of buying your life insurance today rather than waiting until you’re older. The scenario You have two children. One would like to farm; the other one isn’t interested. You want to make things fair, but…

Start your succession planning with the basics

Don’t wait until you have all the answers before you start working on a succession plan. As farm advisors, we often get questions like “How much does insurance cost for someone like me? What would the tax consequences be if I transferred land to my children? If I sell my land and invest the proceeds,…

Selling Farmland

Can I actually sell my farmland tax-free?

Can I actually sell my farmland tax-free? This week I’ve invited Julien Grenier, Accountant and Agricultural Manager at Talbot & Associates to provide us with insight on qualifying for your capital gains exemptions. As a financial planner, I lean heavily on professionals like Julien to provide my clients with proper tax advice. As you can see…

Retirement with Farmland

Generating retirement income from your farmland

Entering retirement with farmland that you can use to generate rental income is a great way to create a steady income. However, there are a few points to consider to make sure you’re generating enough income and being as tax efficient as possible. Have a plan Unfortunately, land isn’t like a savings account. If you’re…

Life Insurance

Life Insurance – Why Millionaires are Buying as Much of it as Possible

If you’re in your sixties, you’ve most likely had a need for life insurance in the past. Whether it was when you purchased your first home and wanted to protect your spouse and children, or when the bank required it as a condition of lending you money. These were situations when life insurance was a…