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4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Estate Planning

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Estate planning involves a lot more than just making a will. One of the main purposes of an estate plan is to ensure that all your final wishes are carried out in the most tax-efficient manner possible, thereby maximizing the value of your estate for your beneficiaries.

An estate plan is the single most effective way to preserve your wealth and transfer your assets efficiently and tax-effectively in accordance with your wishes. We describe below four reasons why you shouldn’t ignore estate planning.

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The Importance of Conventional Investment Managers in 2023

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In the ever-evolving landscape of investment management, the role of conventional investment managers remains crucial and indispensable. While new technology and digital platforms have gained prominence and greater usage in recent years, conventional investment managers bring a unique set of skills and expertise that cannot be replicated by automated systems.

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One Year Later: How Has the Luxury Tax Impacted Canadians?

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In September 2022, the imposition of a luxury tax sparked significant interest and concern amongst Canadians. This new tax policy raised questions about its potential impact on Canadian consumers and the overall economy.

In this article, we cover the effects of the luxury tax on Canadians and explore its implications for individuals, businesses, and the broader economy over the past year. By examining both the positive and negative consequences, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of how the luxury tax has influenced the lives of Canadians.

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Should You Hold Cash in Your Portfolio?

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Experienced investors will almost always have a balance in cash and/or cash equivalents (like 90-day treasury bills or other money market investments) as part of a well-diversified investment portfolio.

On a day-to-day basis, holding cash or cash equivalents can provide some form of relief should unforeseen expenses arise. From an investment perspective, viewing cash as part of your asset allocation allows you to hold a defensive cash position and enables swift offensive portfolio purchases, relative to investment market movements.

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Setting Up a Retirement Fund as a High-Net-Worth Individual

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Upon your retirement, you will likely have a reduced income as you say goodbye to employment earnings. It is therefore important to work out how much you will need in retirement savings to have a comfortable retirement.

But how much is enough? Everyone’s answer will be different, especially if you are fortunate enough to be considered High-Net-Worth (HNW) individual. Higher-income and greater assets require more complex retirement planning with more options and decisions to be made.

For HNW individuals, the focus for retirement tends to be less on financial security and more on managing investments, tax planning, cash flow, wealth transfer, and charitable endeavors.

With proper advance planning, you can establish the foundation for the desired standard of living, lifestyle, wealth transfer, and legacy you want to achieve in retirement.

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