By Karin Mizgala, MBA, CFP
Women’s rights, economic and otherwise, have come a long way, but the cultural baggage of a male-dominated financial system hasn’t completely left us. Lingering financial gender roles and the still significant gap in pay equity, savings rates, and financial literacy may be holding you back from achieving the financial success you deserve.
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A recent study by Mercer Canada found that women retire 30% less wealthy than men. As a result of the gender pay gap, greater likelihood of career disruption, and greater longevity, women have a lower annual income in retirement and reduced standard of living. The study concluded that all else being equal, women must work two years longer than men to be retirement ready.
By Janet Gray, B.A., B.Admin, CFP®, EPC, CPCA
Waiting for inheritance is not a solid financial plan. But the fact is, that in 2018 Stats Canada reported that the total net worth of Canadians 65 or older was $2.30-billion, and much of that legacy will be passed on. Those on the receiving end of a generous bequest can make a real impact on their financial well-being, but only if they make the right choices in the short and long term.
There are many ways to use a large inheritance, and we’ll look at several of them in this article. But, whenever you receive any kind of financial windfall, the first thing you need to do is catch your breath.
Take a Deep Breath and Park Your Money
The gift of an inheritance is bound to the sadness of loss. Allow yourself time to grieve. Don’t make important decisions for at least three or four months. Park the assets in a high interest savings account until the emotional fog begins to lift. In fact, parking your money is good advice for any sudden financial windfall. The shock needs to normalize before you make decisions.
When you are ready to make some decisions, they should be made within the parameters of a comprehensive financial plan.
Here are some of the options to consider. Continue reading
By Karin Mizgala, co-founder and CEO Money Coaches Canada
With tax and RSP season behind you, you may be left wondering what to do with all the financial paperwork that has accumulated over the months or in some cases years. A client recently mentioned how stressed she felt about the paperwork piling up on her desk but she kept hitting a wall. She didn’t know what she could toss, what she should keep or how to keep on top of it and stay organized. So the piles kept growing as did her discomfort and inertia.
If you’ve experienced anything similar, this is a great time to check-in on your financial management systems and to implement these easy ways to simplify and stay in control!
Here are a few financial tasks and organizing tips that you might want to check off your list before you kick back and relax into summer mode.
by Karin Mizgala MBA, CFP®
I’m not sure when it happened, but several years ago I realized that the tables were turning in my relationship with my parents. Although still extremely healthy and vibrant at the age of 70, my parents were starting to ask me for advice and I could feel a subtle shift in the balance of power.
Most children of aging parents that I know are busy, stressed, and ill-equipped to deal with the added time and financial demands of caring for elderly parents. And often the need to step in comes during a crisis. This isn’t a great time to make the emotional, financial and legal decisions that are often necessary. Continue reading
By Noel D’Souza, P.Eng, CFP®
The Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is alive and well in Canada. It’s why we check our phones for emails and texts every minute, sign up for store sale notifications, and pile into speculative investments, driving them to baffling heights. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that decisions made out of fear are rarely good decisions.
But perhaps the most widespread and surprising example of FOMO is the age at which Canadians choose to start receiving retirement payments from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Continue reading
By Noel D’Souza, P.Eng, CFP®
Do you feel like your money is just trickling out of a hole in your pocket, and you are not really sure where it’s all going or why there is nothing left at the end of each month? You’re in the right place!
If there is anything that we have taken to heart over the past year it is that our world can be turned upside down when we least expect it and in ways we could not have imagined.
We need to be financially prepared, and mindful spending and intentional saving are paramount. Continue reading
by Jenny Reimer, CFP®
The year of COVID-19 will be a memorable one. It changed many aspects of our lives, from the ways we work and shop to how we support each other. For many, filing your 2020 taxes will also look a little different this year.
Here is what you need to pay special attention to if you have new income sources to declare, took advantage of COVID-19 government benefits, worked from home or have other expenses to claim due to the pandemic.
By Sheila Walkington, Co-Founder and CFO of Money Coaches Canada
Perhaps you’re trying to save for retirement? Set aside funds for a rainy day? Pay down debt, including that hefty mortgage? And of course, pursue other important goals that make life worth living! Whew!
You could simply keep your money in a plain old bank savings account. However, there are much better options, some with significant growth and tax-savings potential. If you have extra cash or are committed to saving money, you may be asking:
- Are RSPs still a good investment?
- Should you be paying down your mortgage first?
- Or are Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) a better savings strategy?
In general, investing in RSPs is a good idea, although there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
Karin Mizgala, CEO of Money Coaches Canada, and Daniel Evans, Advice-Only Financial Planner and Investment Coach, sat down recently to talk about choosing between the various investment options, investing strategies for retirement, and the impact from COVID-19.
In addition to how we live and work, the pandemic has had profound implications on how we manage our money and the financial decisions we make today. Karin and Daniel discuss the most common questions and concerns they hear from clients about investing right now. This is an excerpt from their conversation.
By Christine White, Money Coach and Educator
Regardless of the time of year, it’s important that you have a solid understanding of the basics of registered Retirement Savings Plans (RSP) and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA). Before the annual contribution deadline approaches, let’s take a step back, learn about these two important savings vehicles, and discuss the best way to use them to invest for your retirement.
Before you decide between contributing to an RSP or a TFSA, make sure you understand the facts. Let’s first take a look at both. Continue reading