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Myth Busting: Mortgage Insurance and Life Insurance are not the same

Mortgage insurance (also known as Credit Insurance) is not the same as Life Insurance but I fear that too many consumers don't know the difference. A lot of Mortgage or Credit Insurance is sold by lenders when consumers purchase a home or take out a line of credit. Lenders know how to lend but I question lenders being the right ones to sell consumers insurance. Could it be that one of the reasons that consumers don't know the difference between Mortgage or Credit insurance and Life Insurance is BECAUSE they have purchased it from their lender? I believe that's a good possibility.

Good news for families receiving the Canada Child Benefit

Good news this week for middle and low income families who receive the Canada Child Benefit or perhaps those who plan on receiving it soon !

The Liberals used this week's Fall economic update to introduce an improvement to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) which is a benefit introduced to help with the high cost of raising children. Starting in July 2018, CCB benefits will be increased annually to keep up with the (always increasing) cost of living/inflation. This is similar to what happens with the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security plans each year.

A rainy day fund is good for your health

A rainy day fund is another name for an emergency fund which helps you plan ahead and deal with unforeseen emergencies. Unforeseen emergencies will invariably come your way at some point. An emergency is a major and sudden need that's not part of your current budget and that's unplanned like a job loss, illness, an unexpected medical or dental bill or an auto or home repair. An emergency fund will help reduce stress and additional expense when an emergency arises by helping you avoid funding it by accessing longer-term savings or a high interest rate credit card. 

Dying without a will is no way to die ...

Last year a friend who manages a property with 100 or so residential units told me a story that should be a lesson to the estimated 56% of Canadians who do not have a signed will. The superintendent of his property called him to tell him that he had entered the apartment of an elderly tenant who had lived in the building for some 20+ years to find that the tenant had passed away while he was taking a bath.

TFSA or RRSP ?

Both TFSAs and RRSPs are excellent savings vehicles for Canadians. The TFSA is a Tax Free Savings Account that has only been around since 2009. TFSAs are often referred to as the "Totally Fantastic Savings account" yet some are not aware of the differences between a TFSA and a regular savings account. By contrast, RRSPs are Registered Retirement Savings Plans which have been around much longer. RRSPs were first introduced in 1957. RRSPs started out slowly given the maximum contribution was $2,500 each year.

Net Worth is Worth Tracking

Some say Net Worth is a GOOD number to track in order to determine whether you are making financial progress. Others say it’s the ONLY number to track.

What is net worth ?

Net worth (also generally referred to as wealth) is one measure of an individual’s material well-being or financial success, calculated by the amount by which assets exceed liabilities or debt. And yes; it's possible to have a negative number especially for young professionals with student debt; don't despair.

Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth

Why does it matter?

What's a GIF and what's the diff when it comes to investing ?

A GIF is a Guaranteed Investment Fund that offers long term investment growth potential with protective guarantees to help you minimize risk. They are a combination of an investment product like mutual funds which give exposure to a diversified portfolio of stocks or other assets that offer growth opportunities but include the features of an insurance policy in the form of a segregated fund contract.
That's why they are offered exclusively by insurers.

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