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Whose Money Is It?

By Ken McNaughton, CFP,CLU,Ch.F.C.,RHU,CSA on Aug 5, 2010

Things have changed dramatically with the baby boomers aging visibly, and our parents living much longer than they envisioned, often in poor health. We are all reminded constantly by the media, the banks, insurance companies and investment firms that retirement could be a pretty grim experience if we don't have enough saved up for that long rainy day. Read more...


The Lure of a Private Retreat

By David Adimora on Aug 3, 2010

Whether for summer, winter or year-round use, a vacation property you can call your own is a dream shared by many Canadians. Whatever your reasons, it's important to consider the financial implications of owning a second property. Read more...


Courageous & Outrageous - Car Shopping

By Pat Nichol on Jul 5, 2010

The second most expensive item people purchase, next only to our homes, is a car. For many, a vehicle is an extension of their personality. Not an item to be purchased indiscriminately, it is something we will (hopefully) keep for a while. Read more...


Fighting Back

By Phillip Woolgar on Jun 1, 2010

As swarms of canvassers assemble throughout British Columbia to battle the provincial government's harmonized sales tax (HST), Victoria resident at Marrion Village seniors' housing, Jean Kanty, is tirelessly working as a captain of an Oak Bay team. Read more...


Why Give?

By Bobbie Jo Reid on May 3, 2010

When disaster strikes in the global community and need is imminent, digging deep to help those in peril comes naturally for most. But when the need is ongoing, it takes a little more commitment and planning to help fellow humans, at-risk animals or the planet. Read more...


Selfless Givers

By Vernice Shostal on May 3, 2010

Lifetime volunteers Sannee McFarlane and her sister, the late Audrey Tappin, both honoured by Pearson United World College in 2009, learned the importance of giving from their mother. Read more...


Understanding Reverse Mortgages

By Starr Munro on Jun 5, 2009

For many seniors the answer to being cash strapped is what is called a "reverse" mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not pay back for as long as you live in the house. Reverse mortgages allow you to turn the equity of your home into cash, without having to move or to repay the loan each month. Read more...


Long Term Care Insurance

By Cheri Crause on Jun 5, 2009

Long term care insurance pays a daily benefit to cover services and support required to maintain your day to day activities (known as activities of daily living, or ADL's) should a chronic illness or cognitive impairment prevent you from taking care of yourself. Benefits of this type of insurance are tax free. Read more...


The Cost of Retirement

By Cheri Crause on Jun 5, 2009

So, how much money will you need in order to retire? How much money will you need to pay for the services you may require to stay independent? The answer to these questions would be easy if you knew the day you were going to die. Our date of death is unknown so we can only estimate our financial needs using what we know for sure and projecting into the future . Read more...


The Courage To Be Rich (excerpt)

By Suze Orman on May 7, 2009

It takes courage to live with financial hardship, and, unbelievable as it may seem, it takes courage to be rich. Why? Because choosing wealth as a goal requires facing everything about your money bravely, honestly, with courage--which is a very, very hard thing for most of us to do. But it can be done. Read more...


Donating to Charities 101

A registered charity is a charitable organization, public foundation, or private foundation that was established in Canada and is resident in Canada. It is operated exclusively for charitable purposes and must devote its resources to charitable activities. Read more...


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