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Safe Withdrawal Rate

If you are not familiar with the term “Safe Withdrawal Rate” you should be.   Its the key factor to guide you in determining how much money you can withdrawal from your savings each year once you reach retirement.     Nobody wants to run out of money.    So using this...

How we benefited from the Coronavirus stock market crash Part II – Whole Life Insurance and the Coronavirus Crisis

In Part I of Whole Life Insurance and the Coronavirus I illustrated how our insurance policies rescued us from a potentially financially devastating situation last March when the full impact of the Coronavirus hit Canada.   I encourage you to read Part I and how...

Classic Financial Planning Mistakes

I believe there are core financial planning beliefs that benefit financial instutions and not Canadians.    Which is why my wealth planning process is significantly different then most.  To get a taste of how you may be on the wrong track, consider listening to this...
Debt Reduction Is Not The Path To Wealth Creation

Debt Reduction Is Not The Path To Wealth Creation

If what you KNEW to be true about paying off your mortgage was not true, when would you want to know? Coming from European parents, especially my Dutch father, paying off debt was probably the most important financial truth instilled in us at an early age.  You never...

Sequence of Returns

Sequence of Returns

Sequence of Return Risk is a simple concept to understand, but it is not often talked about.    And it’s a serious risk in retirement that can be easily avoided. Simply speaking, the risk is the impact of a significant downturn in one’s retirement assets in the first...

Longevity

Longevity

While insurance professionals are always mentioning the need for coverage to protect one from a premature death, they are rarely building in solutions to cover the risk of living too long – longevity risk.   Source:  World Bank The average life expectancy for a...

Obsolescense

Obsolescense

You can't predict the future.    In a world where it is cheaper to buy a new phone than replace the battery you are better off to create a better built plan that achieves maximum wealth than trying to account for your future needs. Obsolescense is a real problem that...

Inflation

Inflation

Inflation is one of the biggest problems facing Canadians in retirement. And even the reported Consumer Price Index (CPI) is likely significantly underestimating the cost of goods. Items such as housing, medication, hydro, petro have been increasing significantly more...

Taxation Risk

Taxation Risk

The common financial belief is that you will be in a lower tax bracket in retirement and therefore saving within an RSP structure makes the most sense.   I however believe that in many, actually most, situations this will not be the case at all. Firstly, why on earth...

Safe Withdrawal Rate

Safe Withdrawal Rate

If you are not familiar with the term “Safe Withdrawal Rate” you should be. Its the key factor to guide you in determining how much money you can withdrawal from your savings each year once you reach retirement. Nobody wants to run out of money. So using this...

Financial Priorities

Financial Priorities

As a wealth strategist, when I speak with most of my clients their financial focus is usually on paying down debt, investing in stock markets or real estate, and saving for retirement. They overlook one of the most important pillars of financial success … life...

An Investment That Can Never Decrease In Value

An Investment That Can Never Decrease In Value

Let me just start by saying ... Nick hates insurance.   As far has he is concerned ... it's a waste of money.   He provides well for his family.   But the idea of this extra cost, where he has absolutely no benefit doesn't sit well for him.       Being 10 years older...

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Kathleen van den Berg, MBA, CFP

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