RETIREMENT PLANNING

Investing is a Lot Like Golf

Why Golf is a Lot Like Investing

My wife always makes sure to remind me to wear sunscreen whenever I go out golfing. I have to tell her not to worry because I spend most of my round in the shade as I tend to hit a lot of trees. This past summer, I found myself deep in the bush searching for…

My uncensored opinion about RRSPs if you have a pension

In this new era of “fake news” it’s becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between what is true and what is false. Politicians use this to their advantage and often repeat false statements so often that we begin to believe they are true. You may have noticed this particular strategy used by a certain…

Bucketing strategy video

How to properly manage a retirement portfolio

  Are you tired of turning on the nightly news and worrying about how the day’s events are affecting your retirement portfolio? Are you worried about the day-to-day fluctuations of the stock market? This week we take a look at how to properly manage your retirement portfolio with the Bucketing Strategy so that you can…

Early Retirement Package

Important considerations to make before accepting an early retirement package

Companies will often offer employees early retirement packages to encourage them to retire. This is usually done when the company is looking to cut costs and reduce staff. Before making a decision, there are many questions to be addressed. All of which are specific to individual preferences and circumstances. Here are eight such considerations to…

Why your rate of return isn’t as important as you think

Rate of return vs timing of return Many people believe that the rate of return they earn in their investment portfolio is the number one factor in determining the success of their retirement plan. Although essential, today I want to review why it’s even more important not to lose money, especially as you are entering…

Monthly Pension

5 Reasons you should keep your monthly pension

Over the last couple of months, we’ve taken a look at some of the reasons you should withdraw the commuted value from your defined benefit pension plan. (See: Five reasons you should take your pension as a lump sum payout and What happens when you withdraw your pension?)  The best strategy always depends on personal circumstances,…

What happens to pension

What happens when you withdraw your pension?

Today we’ll be going over what happens when choosing the lump sum payout option from your defined benefit pension plan. As you’re likely aware, a defined benefit pension plan will pay you a monthly income for life, so why choose the lump sum payout option instead? A few common reasons include: Pension sustainability: Will your…

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…

5 Reasons Lump Sum Payout

Five reasons you should take your pension as a lump sum payout

If you’re a member in a defined benefit pension plan and are planning to leave your employer due to retirement or a change in career paths, you may be faced with the decision to either leave your benefit entitlement with your employer and take monthly installments or take your pension as a lump sum payout.…