Category Archives: Financial Planning

Joint Term Life Insurance Explained

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Mitch

First of all, what is “Term Life Insurance” ?

Term Life Insurance is where you take out a policy to cover a death of the insured for a set period – the Term. These are typically used by people who may have a mortgage, or other large repayment commitment, and require coverage to make sure that during the period of the commitment the payments are covered in the case of death. Once the Term insurance is finished you do not get any funds in refund for not making a claim against the policy nor do you get a surrender value.

Once you stop paying the premiums of a term life insurance policy, or joint term policy,


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Ten reasons for using a Life Insurance Broker

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Mitch

Finding the correct life insurance policy can be easy, difficult, impossible, or just extremely frustrating depending on how much time you have to research it and the people who you end up talking to on the phone. Each person you phone with regards to a policy is going to try and get you to sign their policy by telling you about all of the good things, while conveniently glossing over some of the not so good things. Unless you are an expert at reading contract language there is a strong chance that you signed for something you may not have wanted. This is where an insurance broker comes in.

They know the product.

By definition an insurance broker sells insurance.


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Life Insurance for Scuba Divers

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Mitch

Canada is known for its largest fresh water lakes in the world which makes it a place or destination to enjoy scuba diving. Many Scuba Divers go to Canada to enjoy this adventurous thing to do. Scuba Diving is known to be exciting more than ever now that you don’t have to rely on a breath hold or air pumped from the surface. It is now a lot safer and a free way to scuba dive by carrying your own air source in a tank. This allows divers to move freely under water more than that with an airline.

Scuba Diving is an adventurous thing to do without any doubt but with the adventurous things comes the risk of injury or dealth.


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My Best Financial Tip

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by Mitch

Some people use their credit cards and never pay interest, how you say – by paying the entire balance of the statement on or before the due date. Many Canadians today only pay the minimum required amount that is stated on their credit card bills, even though this practice usually ends in misery for the cardholder and puts unnecessary strain on their family. Credit cards generally have very high interest rates compared to conventional loans, for example – bank loans, lines of credit and car loans. Credit card interest can accumulate quickly at 28.8%, however when considering compound interest this increases the outstanding balance even quicker making the cardholder feel more anxiety and despair.

Here is a list of 10 things that you could do to not fall into the credit card trap. 


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Life insurance to fund a buy-sell agreement

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Mitch

Protecting your business for the future

Why do we need a buy-sell agreement?
A buy-sell agreement sets out the terms under which the interest of the disabled or deceased shareholder will be sold. It also contains provisions for the transfer of ownership when you retire. As well, if properly funded, the shareholder’s family will receive fair market value for the shares, providing them with capital to help maintain their standard of living.

A properly funded buy-sell agreement can:

  • Assure creditors that funds will be available to pay bills.
  • Assure existing employees that the company will have the means to continue
  • Ensure a market for each shareholder’s interest in the business
  • Set the terms under which you and your fellow shareholders agree to buy and sell each others’ interest in the business
  • Ensures surviving shareholders have the necessary funds required to buy out the deceased shareholders interest
  • Provide for your family in time of need.


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Providing for Children or Adults with Special Needs

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Mitch

Planning to meet the needs of children or adults who have special needs is often complex. Special financial planning techniques may be needed so you don’t jeopardize any government benefits they may be receiving. A further complication arises because many who have special needs require advice and protection throughout their lifetime from someone with legal authority to act on their behalf. For most persons with special needs, particularly those who are judged to be mentally challenged, two types of protections are required:

1. protection of the estate left to the individual;
2. protection of his or her person in some form of guardianship.

In practice, provisions for these two types of protection often overlap.

Why should families plan?


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