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Are TFSAs only good for the rich?

by Larry MacDonald for Money Sense Magazine

At the start of the year, the annual contribution limit for Tax-Free Savings Accounts rose by $500, allowing Canadians to shelter $5,500 in investments from tax each year, in addition to whatever RRSP room they may have. The Conservatives plan to go even further—if the federal government balances its books, something expected by 2016, it has promised to raise the TFSA contribution ceiling to $10,000 a year. But left-of-centre policy wonks oppose expanding contribution room. They say TFSAs favour the wealthy and lifetime contributions should be capped. Could they be right?

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How Much Risk Can You Tolerate? Part 3 of 3

Over the past two months we have examined some of the risks that challenge most of us. It is almost impossible to avoid risk entirely. Knowing where the pitfalls lie and planning for them will certainly help. You might, however, want to consider shifting the risk to someone else, like a life insurance company. Life insurance companies are in the risk business and they have products and services that can assist you in dealing with risk. Some of these are as follows:

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How Much Risk Can You Tolerate? Part 1 of 3

Will Rogers, the American humorist, when talking about the investment schemes in North America at the time, said “I am less concerned with the return on my money, than I am with the return of my money”. Will was aware of the truth that the higher the potential rates of return on an investment, the greater chance of loss.

The dictionary defines risk as the exposure of someone or something valued to danger, harm or loss. If that something of value is your financial security the question is “How much risk can you tolerate?” The answer to this question for each of us depends on a number of different factors. A few of these are:

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TFSA or RRSP?

Lately, one question clients are asking me is whether they should contribute to a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) or a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?  Personally, I really like the TFSA. however it doesn’t have to be an either or choice.  Why not do both?  If both, in what proportion should you divide your contributions?  In order to make an informed decision, let’s quickly review the main features of each program as discussed in last month’s article.  I will use bullets to illustrate the features as nothing gets people’s attention more than bullets.

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Got an RSP and Turning 71?

If you have been accumulating wealth in a Registered Savings Plan and are turning 71 this year or next, you should be aware of the decisions you have to make. The Income Tax Act says that you have to terminate your RSP’s by December 31st in the year you turn age 71. In doing so, you basically have three options:

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Five Financial Products You Should Own

By Brenda Spiering, Editor, BrighterLife.ca

You don’t need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to build wealth. With the right products, you can grow and protect a healthy nest egg.

Here are five key financial products that should be part of your plan:

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