12/13/2016 8:17 AM | 0 Comments

As I sit here I wonder…

As many of you are running around town getting ready for the holiday season, some are stressed out with the rush of getting presents, finishing work, planning for your days off, last minute pics with Santa, or what ever last minute things you are doing.  Have you thought about what is really important?  We should be thinking about the time you will spend with your loved ones.  Don't let the rush of our world overcome family.

1/15/2016 5:39 AM | 0 Comments

Brad Gaboury, Commercial Account Executive with Bridge Financial Insurance Ltd in Alberta, explains 5 things that could happen by not reviewing your commercial insurance policy.  Proper planning and regularly conducted reviews island area that Bridge Financial Insurance Ltd. takes seriously and has worked in to our procedures to make sure areas of risk do not go missed.  Give Brad a call at 780-669-7284 to get a FREE competitive insurance review and quotation completed. [...]
11/6/2015 8:38 AM | 0 Comments

As of January 1, 2016, testamentary trusts will be taxed differently than previously. After that date, income retained in a testamentary trust will be taxed at the top rate of an individual. This is a big change to the favourable tax treatment these trusts received in the past. This article discusses these changes as well as two exceptions to the new rules. It also discusses changes affecting life interest trusts. [...]
10/19/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

By Carla Hindman, Director of Financial Education, Visa Canada

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, refers to people born between the years of 1980 and the early 2000s. Known as the “me, me, me” generation, millennials are the first group to grow up in the current digital era with instant access to money management tools at their fingertips. So why do they have a reputation for being financially illiterate? And what’s the best way to reach them? Does it have to be done in 140 characters or less? The answer is: #Yes.

9/14/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

A well-designed group benefits plan can be critical to attracting and retaining the right talent, as well as keeping employees healthy and productive at work.

But for small employers, offering a benefits plan is easier said than done.

While many small business owners want to provide their employees with some degree of coverage, obstacles stand in the way. As a result, many of the almost eight million Canadians who work at a small business are left without coverage, according to 2013 government stats.

8/17/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

BY David Wm. Brown and Sarah Brown

Starting a conversation about someone’s age is a sure way to be the least popular person in the room. But while this is a no-go territory for cocktail party chatter, it’s a conversation you need to have with your parents.

7/20/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

Focusing on growth is harder when your co-owners are your relatives

by Fred Pidsadny for ProfitGuide.com

Family-run businesses are like elastic bands—they can be stretched only so far, in different directions, before tensions cause them to snap. Those who run family businesses know that stress can often be elevated by forces that don’t exist in non-family firms, from hiring obligations and bloodline silos to next-generation financial demands to under-performing family members. It’s one thing to discipline or even fire a stranger, quite another to turf a brother or daughter. For such businesses, finding a successful balance is an ongoing challenge.

7/7/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

by Katherine Janson for Participaction

My brother lived and worked in Switzerland for a decade, and we would often compare notes on what working life was like over there, versus here in Canada. When he told his boss that his sister ate her lunch at her desk every day, she laughed. She thought he was joking! In his office, a coffee break meant leaving the office with colleagues to walk down to the harbour for a quick espresso at a café, and a stroll back. In mine, it meant making sure I could knock back my morning coffee without knocking it over into my keyboard.

6/23/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

Most Canadian workers would suffer severe financial hardship if they were forced out of work with a disability.

In fact, 76% believe that should they become disabled and unable to work for three months, there would be serious financial implications for their family, such as significant debt or an impact on retirement plans, finds an RBC Insurance survey.

Despite the concern, only 27% have discussed how a disability would financially impact their family. This number does not increase substantially among workers who’ve indicated that they’ve taken time off in the past because of a disability (33%).

6/9/2015 10:00 AM | 0 Comments

Avoid Disinheriting Your Children

In today’s family it is not unusual for spouses to enter the marriage with children from previous relationships. Parents work hard at getting these children to functionally blend together to create a happy family environment. Often overlooked is what happens on the death of one of the parents. In most cases special consideration for estate planning is needed to avoid relationship loss and possibly legal action.

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