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Living Benefits

Are You Using Your Benefits?

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to tap those benefits for everything they’re worth.

By: Gail Vaz-Oxlade for MoneySense

I’ve been self-employed since I was 25-years-old—read: “no benefits.” For years I’ve listened to people talk about how great it is to work for a company “with benefits.” So I’m sometimes a little surprised to see the very people who crow about having access to the extras do very little to take advantage of them. Do you have a benefit plan where you work? Are you using all the stuff you could be using to your advantage?

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What is the Value of Financial Security?

Another holiday season has come and gone: the tree has been sent to the chipper (or back into the box) and the baubles are packed away for another year. As the credit card statements start to arrive, many of us are reflecting on the amount of money we have spent over the holidays. Even though most of us overspend at Christmas the rewards of family memories usually offset the pain of paying for it. Some things are valued beyond dollars and cents.

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Graduation is the Perfect Time to Consider Disability Insurance

As this year’s graduates cross the stage they’re filled with dreams of their bright futures.   Rightly so – they’ve worked hard to get to where they are.  They’re thinking of their careers, their earning potential and getting started on this business of life.

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Are You Ready To Deal With A Critical Illness?

Consider the following facts:

  • 40% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetime
  • In 2005, cardiovascular disease (heart disease, diseases of the blood vessels and stroke) accounted for 31% of all deaths in Canada

Advances in medical science means that you have a better chance of surviving a critical illness. However, a critical illness often is accompanied by a huge financial burden to you and your family.

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