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Financial thoughts, tips and tricks for you to consider.

Never pay off your mortgage

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 owed people money. You always paid your credit card off 100% every month. And you worked hard to be...

Designing the Perfect Investment

If you could design the perfect investment, what characteristics would it entail? Safe, maybe even guaranteed A Great Rate of Return is a must It would be great if you could use it as collateral and borrow against it. Being able to take money out when needed or put...

Option traders should invest in insurance.

Option traders should invest in insurance. Many of my connections in the real estate world took the initiative this year to learn about option trading and are actively relying on this strategy for income and wealth creation.   Congratulations if you have taken the...
Use Debt Strategically

Use Debt Strategically

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 owed people money. You always paid your credit card off 100% every month. And you worked hard to be...

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BRRRR

BRRRR

If I had to use one word to describe this summer it would be BRRRR! No, I am not crazy. I realize this has been one of the hottest summers on record. Around the world. But BRRRR has nothing to do with being cold. It’s a real estate strategy that my husband Bill and I...

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Insure Your Lifestyle

Insure Your Lifestyle

As a Wealth Strategist the number one question I get from people approaching retirement is, “How much do I need to retire?”   And far too often we are not having the “What’s my number?” discussion early enough in the financial planning process.     Real Estate has...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Kathleen van den Berg, MBA, CFP

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Brooklin, Ontario  L1M 0B2
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