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2022 Financial Calendar

Looking for an "at a glance" document covering all the important dates you need to know to stay on track with your financial planning in 2022? Our 2022 financial calendar (which you can easily bookmark or print out) makes sure you're always in the loop! It lists important dates, including: • Payments dates for the Canada Child Benefit, CPP, OAS, and the GST/HST credit. • When TFSA contribution room starts again. • Tax filing deadlines. • Charitable contribution deadlines and the last day to contribute to registered investment accounts. • When the Bank of Canada interest rate announcements are.

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2021 Year-End Tax Tips for Business Owners

We’re approaching the end of the year, so it’s time to review your business finances. We’ve put together an article highlighting the most critical tax-planning tips you need to know as a business owner. We’ve focused on: • How to determine the right salary and dividend mix. • The best ways to handle compensation. • How to make sure you can take advantage of the small business deduction. • What you need to know about depreciable assets and charitable donations. • How to make the most of Covid-19 relief programs.

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Are you on the right track with your investments?

Are you wondering if you’re on the right track with your investments? If you have concerns about whether or not you’re on the right track, our article has four great questions to help you decide: • What are your investment goals? • What is your risk tolerance? • What kind of income will you need during retirement? • Are your investments tax-efficient? Knowing the answer to these four questions can help you determine if you’re on the right track. A properly allocated portfolio can help ensure you are not unduly affected by equity volatility, fluctuating interest rates, or high rates of income tax.

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Six Steps to Retirement Success

Wondering what the key to a fulfilling retirement is? It’s making the most of everything you have – your free time, your health, and all the money you’ve worked so hard to save! It takes good planning to make the most of your retirement, though. We’ve got six steps you must take to ensure you have a steady stream of income during your retirement years. We’ll explain why you need to take all of these steps – from organizing your assets to estate planning – to make the most of your retirement years.

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Does Cashing Out Your Pension Make Financial Sense?

If you've left a job or will be retiring soon, you may have the option to cash out your pension and put your pension's commuted value into a LIRA or an RRSP. Getting a lump sum will provide you with some investment opportunities, but it also comes with the risk that you'll be tempted to overspend early in your retirement. To help you make this decision, it's essential to be aware of critical factors – such as when your pension will start and what kind of income you may be able to earn if you take a lump sum.

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Why Should I Review My Life Insurance?

It’s great that you’ve taken the critical step of buying life insurance. But have you reviewed it recently to make sure that your policy is still suitable for you? It’s important to review your life insurance policy annually to check that it is up-to-date and see if you require any additional coverage.

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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Blended families – where two people get married but have children from previous relationships – are becoming more common. On top of the day-to-day challenges of blending a family, new spouses also have to figure out how to plan their estates, so everyone is properly taken care of.

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Different types of life insurance explained

Whether you already have life insurance or are looking to get some, it’s essential to be familiar with the four most common kinds of life insurance available. Getting the best type of life insurance for you ensures that you are getting the coverage you want while providing financial protection for you and your family. These are the four most common kinds of life insurance: • Term life insurance • Permanent life insurance • Participating life insurance • Universal life insurance

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Federal Budget 2021

On April 19, 2021, the Federal Government released their 2021 budget. We have broken down the highlights of the financial measures in this budget into three different sections: Business Owners Personal Tax Changes Supplementary Highlights

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