Personal Wealth

What Happens If You Can No Longer Make Your Own Money Decisions? 

In my last video, we took on a tough topic: How do you prepare financially for the death of your spouse? Today, I’m going to bring up another thorny subject: What if your spouse, parent, or another close family member starts having trouble with their memory or their ability to make rational decisions? In other words, what if they become incapacitated? 

Personal Wealth

Withdrawing from your RESP

In summary, you can pay student’s bills through two types of payments from an RESP. A withdrawal for post-secondary education (PSE) is a refund of the original contributions. There are no limits to the amounts that can be taken out of this bucket, and the amounts are tax free. Educational Assistance Payments (EAPs) come from the grant and accumulated earnings bucket within the RESP. There are certain limits to these payments to keep in mind, and the payments will be taxed in the student’s name.

Business Wealth

Reconsidering REITs in Your Investment Portfolio

You may not realize it, but if you’re a Common Sense Investing fan, you probably already invest in real estate. For example, the iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (XIC) includes a 3.44% allocation to real estate. The iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF (ITOT) has a 3.89% allocation, and the iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index (XEF) has 5.06%.

Advanced Investing
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The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 58: The Ins and Outs of Real Estate: Mortgage Rate, Rentals, REITs and Variable Annuities

Benjamin and Cameron are talking real estate, specifically mortgage rates and REITs. For the first time since the early 90s, fixed mortgage rates are lower than variable ones, which have always been the popular choice. However, due to the fact that Canada’s yield curve is inverted,  short term rates higher than their long-term counterparts.

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    MBA, CFA, Portfolio Manager
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    Emeritus Professor
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    PWL Former Chief Compliance Officer
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