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“Life insurance can do more for you while alive than after death. My goal is to share this knowledge so everyone can benefit.” Judith Feig is passionate about helping others. From co-founding Maison Shalom 27 years ago, a residential group

Posted in Distinctive Women Magazine

THE LONG VIEW: The biggest threat investors face now? A stagnant market

U.S. money manager GMO’s forecasts for market returns, widely followed by investment professionals, are now decidedly downbeat. IAN McGUGAN The Globe and Mail One of the biggest unacknowledged threats that investors face now is the possibility that nothing happens. That’s

Posted in Investment

Unwanted life insurance can be a valuable asset for seniors’ retirement

Financing retirement Montreal Gazette Seniors looking for an additional source of income should think twice about letting unwanted life insurance lapse, because these policies may be sold for substantial value to help fund a better quality of life in their

Posted in Life Insurance

Canadians losing out on as much as $3-billion in ‘free money’ defined-contribution pensions

Employers are paying out just 40% to 50% of available matching funds, according to industry estimates.   Barbara Shecter | December 2, 2014 The Financial Post While policymakers in Ottawa and the provinces continue to offer up new tools to

Posted in Retirement Planning

Read the fine print: Travel insurance can bring expensive surprises

Travel insurance: Don’t leave home without it. But make sure you read the fine print, writes Rob Carrick. (Luis Pedrosa/Thinkstock) Rob Carrick The Globe and Mail There’s work to do in ensuring that people buy policies that will actually cover their

Posted in Travel insurance

Here’s why the CRA wants to know what’s going on in your bedroom

Just because you sleep together in the same room doesn’t mean you won’t meet the criteria of being married.   Garry Marr – So you snore a little and your spouse has you sleeping in a separate bedroom. That’s your business,

Posted in Taxes

Five ways you’re missing out on free money

Melissa Leong – People are often skeptical at the mention of “free money.” Pop culture has taught us that there’s always a catch. When the Joker dumped $20-million in cash on a crowd of parade goers in Tim Burton’s Batman, that

Posted in RESP, RRSP

Majority of Canadians can’t afford to retire: Conference Board report

Reuters – A retired couple take in the ocean during a visit to the beach in La Jolla, California January 8, 2013 A majority of working age Canadians in a recent survey said they did not believe they were saving

Posted in Retirement Planning

Caring for an aging population

Surveys show a large number of Canadians stubbornly expect governments to pay for their future long-term care costs, but we don’t have a plan in place. Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby, National Post | Cash-strapped provincial governments face a monumental

Posted in Long Term Care

Approaching retirement: Beware that final five-year stretch

  Ian McGugan The Globe and Mail The final half-decade in the labour force can set you up for a comfortable retirement or leave you far behind. Working for just a few more years can dramatically shift the outlook for

Posted in Retirement Planning