The bond between humans and their furry companions is like no other.
According to the Canadian Vet Medical Association, over 35% of Canadian households have a dog and 35% own a cat. How many of those families have included their pets in their estate plan?
In this episode, Kris Dureau focuses on the furry family members and how to ensure they have a home no matter what happens. Kris provides examples of the different types of coverage and how each fits within estate planning.
Why including pets in estate planning is so important
The 3 main ways pets can be covered in an estate plan
How to create an emergency plan for pets easily and quickly
Behavioral finance is an intriguing field of study, with five common investing biases you might not even recognize yourself, let’s get into them!
In this episode, Kris Dureau details the 5 behavioral investing biases you should be looking out for. With the state of the market, this is a great time to start keeping these 5 pieces at the forefront of your investing decisions.
A deeper look into confirmation bias, commitment bias and anchoring; do you know the other two?
How your financial advisor can help in times that you are doubting your news sources
While confidence is certainly a valuable trait, overconfidence can often lead to impulsive decision-making.
Who hasn’t bought that lottery ticket hoping it’s the winner in the big? But what if it really happened? What would you do? The same goes for any kind of windfall, including an inheritance or a gift.
In this episode, Kris Dureau details the steps you need to take to make sure you safeguard the wealth and the process following a windfall along with a number of informed decisions you can then make that will maximize the payout.
How you can direct your inherited wealth to four different “buckets”
The tax deferral benefits of different investment vehicles
The benefits of giving or donating a portion of your wealth
How to comfortably save for retirement in today’s wealth climate
When you say I do on your wedding day, the world seems wonderful. There would be no reason to think you might eventually be saying, “I don’t want to be in this marriage anymore”, but how do you financially prepare for divorce?
In this episode, Kris Dureau addresses the aspect of your financial well-being if you find yourself going through this big life transition. He explains the things you need to know regarding what you’re entitled to and where you stand in the marriage from a financial perspective.
How the emotional aspect of a divorce might blind you from the necessary steps you need to take
When you should be separating your assets and changing your liabilities
The importance of understanding your financial stance in a relationship
Ways you can start standing on your own two feet following a divorce
Now that we have a basic understanding of the different sources of income in retirement, we can dive deeper into tax planning strategies. While tax strategies can be complicated at first, they eventually save you money in the long run if you plan correctly.
In this episode, Kris Dureau concludes his two part series on taxes in retirement by reviewing the three D’s of tax planning: Deduct, Divide and Defer. He offers insight into how you can create a strategic plan based on your individual situation alongside your advisor.
How retirement income planning may be complicated when first starting
The importance of working alongside an advisor or accountant when portfolio planning with tax saving strategies
The ins and outs of pension splitting
How you can use spousal loans as a strategic form of income splitting
Tax deferral through prescribed annuities
The withdrawal strategies that could minimize taxes
Taxes can have a much bigger impact on your retirement planning than first assumed. It is important to take a dive into your portfolio and understand how the different sources of income in retirement, government and personal can go into your planning process.
In this episode, Kris Dureau discusses a number of ways you can understand these income sources and plan for the tax implications you might have to deal with these. Through planning ahead, you can set yourself up to retire with ease and have no fear of losing a generous amount of your assets to taxes.
Most common types of retirement income and the tax challenges they present
How you can get further in-depth advice based on your personal circumstances
Retirement income basics
The three buckets of retirement income for Canadians and how they all play into your portfolio
In our last episode, we sat down with the Caring Hearts Support Network to discuss all things grief and the support they made available for those people going through these tough times.
In this episode, we are going to unpack what you can do to prepare for uncertain times and what exactly should be on your end-of-life checklist. Whether you are creating your own or understanding the details of this plan for a loved one, it is important to understand where all of this information is as well as how you can use it to seamlessly transition into your next stage of life.
The importance of communicating to your family members where your will is and when was the last time you updated it
Some important life changes that should encourage you to update your will
How life insurance comes into play during someone’s death (not all life insurance policies are the same)
Although inevitable, death is a scary topic that is sensitive to most of us. But when that dreaded time is around the corner for a loved one, wouldn’t you like to be fully supported with all the resources you may need to deal with the next steps?
In this episode, Kris Dureau is joined by The Caring Hearts Support Network, to detail their role in supporting those navigating end-of-life and bereavement. They offer support to the caregivers, the individuals, and the families at the end-of-life and throughout their grief journey. It is comforting to know that there are resources out there to help us or family members when the end may be close and we don’t have to face it alone.
The Caring Hearts Support Network Team shares:
Their experience in supporting people through their grief
The individual support they are able to provide for people based on their circumstances and how it has affected their life
Some outreach programs that can aid in your grieving process, no matter what stage you are at
How this network has connected individuals from all walks of life
There is no doubt that planning for retirement can seem like a complex process, and even thinking about it can be stressful.
Nowadays media, politicians, financial services, businesses – everyone has been talking about retirement. With so much information, it is easy to get overwhelmed. In this episode, Kris Dureau debunks eight popular myths about retirement that might be stressful to pre-retirees as they plan for their retirement.
Where and how retirement myths originate, as well as how they affect retirees
The importance of starting retirement planning at an early age.
The reasons why many people procrastinate about saving for retirement
Why retirement isn’t about having a specific amount, but about having an income that suits your lifestyle
Why you should continue to contribute to your CPP pension and old-age security
The difficulty retirees face in spending their money