Susan Daley

CFA, CFP, Portfolio Manager

Susan Daley is a Portfolio Manager at PWL Capital Inc. She is passionate about simplifying complex financial ideas to help clients achieve their financial aspirations. She runs a YouTube Channel with the same mandate, called Your Money, Your Choices.

While working for international finance and accounting organizations that focused on serving corporations during her co-op terms at Wilfrid Laurier University, Susan discovered that her route to happiness was by making a difference in individual lives, rather than helping companies earn higher profits. Since joining PWL Capital in 2013 after graduation, Susan has been passionate about simplifying complex financial ideas to help lead her clients to financial success. Susan helps clients reach their goals through ongoing financial planning and the design and ongoing management of their portfolios. The financial planning piece allows clients to make informed decisions when current needs and desires conflict with long-term goals, while crafting a well-designed but flexible portfolio gives them the means to reach those goals.

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I Tracked All My Taxes for a Year

According to the Fraser Institute, Canadians pay about 43% of their income in taxes. To test their tax estimate against my own situation, I tracked all the various taxes I paid throughout the year. I reveal how much I paid, and how I stack up against the Fraser Institute’s estimates.

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Handling Money (and Taxes) with a Side Hustle or Self-Employment

If work for yourself or have a side hustle on top of your regular job, there are extra complications when it comes to calculating and saving for taxes. You might worry if you’ve planned things out properly or if you’ll be hit with a big unexpected tax bill. In this post, I outline how to handle taxes as a self-employed individual or side hustler and tips for managing your money.

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Payroll Taxes and Taxable Benefits

Many of you have been in the situation where you were quoted a salary or hourly rate, were excited to get your first paycheque and disappointed when you don’t receive as much as you expected. You’ll have to thank taxes, CPP contributions, EI premiums, and benefits for that. I’ll go into more detail about how each of these deductions work.

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How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Needs

Life Insurance is a key part of many families’ risk strategy. A key question is how much do you need? The key to determining the amount of life insurance that’s necessary is to understand what happens financially if you or your spouse dies. The goal is to have your loved ones be able to sustain their standard of living without having to make big sacrifices.

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Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

Term, Permanent, Whole Life, Universal Life, Participating, Variable, Joint. There are so many variations of life insurance that it can become extremely confusing, very quickly. To keep things simple, there are essentially two types of insurance: term insurance and permanent insurance.

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  • Firstly, I want to say I am very pleased with Graham’s financial advice. Over the 7 years we have worked together, he has taken much time to listen carefully to my need to have my retirement funds safe and to the myriad work/life changes that came along.

    Elizabeth Ritchie
  • We have been working with Graham from early 2009, and  joined him at PWL Capital in May 2010 . During this time Graham has acted as our financial adviser in the early years of our retirement, and has provided us with help and advice, giving  growth and security within our portfolio, in excess of our RRIF withdrawal requirements.

    David & Joyce Vann
  • Graham Westmacott and Susan Daley provide the best service one could ever expect. They are extremely realistic and I perceive them as being most concerned with what is best for us and our situation rather than just focused on sales.

    Frank and Dianne Beletz
  • Graham, more recently joined by Susan, has been our financial advisor since 2006 and we moved to PWL with him in 2010. Graham’s ability to analyze each client’s situation, preferences and needs seems outstanding to us.

    James & Patricia McDowell
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