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14
Feb

3 Government Disability Plans That May Not Protect You Like You Think

3 Government Disability Plans That May Not Protect You Like You Think Over the years, many people have told me that they felt income protection – “disability insurance” – wasn’t a priority. They believed that they were already covered by Employment Insurance, by “worker’s compensation” though the Workplace Safety Insurance Board or the Canada Pension...
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06
Feb

Taking Time Critical Thinking

Critical illness insurance may not be what many people believe. There is a misconception that it is a financial benefit covered by our provincial health care plans. This couldn’t be further from the truth; governments do not pay us when/if we become critically ill, we have to manage our own financial affairs. In South Africa,...
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19
Jan

Retirement Planning? Keep calm and carrying on

The primary source of retirement income for the majority of Canadians who are nearing retirement will be personal savings. This is especially important because evidence is showing that government pensions will not be enough. But things haven’t been easy for investors because of the market turbulence of the last several years. It’s for this reason...
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31
Dec

A Cancer Survivor’s Story as Told by His Son

In the summer of 2014 Orlando Ali, Sr. – my father – the managing director of a Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network financial centre got the news that everyone dreads hearing; he had cancer. Now, this wasn’t a huge surprise because Orlando comes from a huge family of nine siblings; and between both his parents,...
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12
Dec

Taking Some Time for Critical Thinking

by Kusum Sen Critical illness insurance may not be what many people believe. There is a misconception that it is a financial benefit covered by our provincial health care plans. This couldn’t be further from the truth; governments do not pay us when/if we become critically ill, we have to manage our own financial affairs. In...
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08
Aug

Giving Kids a Financial Head-start

It’s estimated that it costs well over $200,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18, not counting post-secondary education. (MoneySense.ca 2015) So when a new child joins a family, parents and grand-parents tend to think about starting an education fund like a Registered Education Savings Plan. While this is a very practical way...
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