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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...
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...

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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...

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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...

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10 Strategic Uses for Cash Value Insurance

10 Strategic Uses for Cash Value Insurance

Paydown versus interest only - enhance lifestyle by spending more of your wealth Reduce pressure on capital – less capital is needed to produce the same retirement lifestyle Reduce pressure on withdrawal rates – less reliance on traditional retirement savings and less...

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Own, Don’t Rent Your Insurance

Own, Don’t Rent Your Insurance

If what you KNEW to be true about insurance was not true, when would you want to know? Most consumers are under the impression that term insurance, like Term 10 or Term 20, costs significantly less than permanent insurance. But that is like saying renting a house...

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Reduce RSP Exposure

Reduce RSP Exposure

If what you KNEW to be true about RSPs was not true, when would you want to know? What is the number one reason Canadians contribute to an RSP?     It’s not to save for retirement.   It’s to LOWER THEIR TAXES THIS YEAR.    But this approach can often be a big...

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This is not a safe bet

This is not a safe bet

In Las Vegas the house is designed to win. Imagine that you're in Vegas, and there is a roulette table, where all the slots but one are black.  The caveat is that you are only allowed to bet on red.   And the chances of it landing on red are less than 5%. This is not...

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Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job

I work in the financial services business with a very unique approach to wealth and retirement planning. Everyday I actively support my clients in owning income properties in order to retire earlier with greater income security. So, I gladly accepted CREW’s QUIT YOUR...

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Kathleen van den Berg, MBA, CFP

4 Branthaven Court
Brooklin, Ontario  L1M 0B2
Canada