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Category Archives: Zavitz Blog

Robo-Advisors: What Are They, and Are They a Good Fit For You?

Samantha Way

Samantha Gowers

Every month it seems there is a new and unique way to utilize technology to make our lives easier – from the robot vacuum that will give you a spotless floor, to a water bottle that simply reminds you to take a sip. When it comes to your personal finances, however, robotic management is a reasonably new concept, that may seem like a big leap of faith.

You may be asking yourself “What is a robo-advisor, exactly?” and the answer is fairly straightforward.

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Estate Planning Seminar Video

Don’t leave your executors stranded on a desert island!

Estate planning can be as easy as lounging on the beach…sit back, relax and enjoy the video below!

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Critical Illness Insurance – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

 

Samantha Way

Samantha Gowers

Many of us have heard of or even own critical illness insurance on our own lives because we recognize the financial impact it could have – our healthy spouse will likely take time off of work, we may need to hire extra help around the house for our kids, we possibly need to travel to find the best care, or maybe the drugs or treatments are not covered. But many of us have not considered the impact of one of our kids having an illness.  I can almost guarantee you haven’t considered buying this coverage for your kids or grandchildren as a gift!  It’s hard to think about anything bad happening to our kids, but the reality is it happens and when it does, the financial impact could be catastrophic.  All of the expenses listed above would continue to be a reality, but to add to it, there would probably be a drop in both parent’s incomes.

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Critical Illness Insurance – Who Needs It

Terry Zavitz

Terry Zavitz

More and more Canadians who are concerned about the financial costs of major disease are turning to Critical Illness Insurance (CII) to gain peace-of-mind and protect their savings. CII pays a tax-free, lump-sum benefit, for a coverable illness/accident defined in the policy contract, typically 30 days after diagnosis, as long as the insured is alive. The most common illnesses insured include cancer, stroke, heart attack, and multiple sclerosis (MS), with most contracts covering over 20 ailments. 

While Disability Insurance (DI) provides a monthly benefit to replace lost income due to a critical illness, CII helps to pay for the extra costs so often associated with being diagnosed with one. 

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CII also helps to cover income lost during the waiting period,

a period of time in which no benefits are paid under a

DI plan, as well as top up the benefit since DI typically

covers only 85% of after tax income. 

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Maturity Options and Your RRSP

 

Terry Zavitz

Terry Zavitz

Is a RRIF or an annuity a better option?  As with most personal finance situations, it is unique to each individual.

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