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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, January 25, 2021

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased International equities, decreased US equities.


Tactical Update - January 25, 2021

European markets have materially lagged US equities over the past year due to multiple reasons including index composition and Brexit uncertainties. This has resulted in Europe trading at a near record discount to the US. Given its cyclical nature, the Japanese market has performed well but continues to provide exposure to a rebounding global economy.

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Critical illness insurance: Get to know the facts and financial impacts of an illness

Helpful Tips, Insurance

In our last post in December, we talked about the idea of using insurance to protect the things you care about and value the most. Your good health just might be the most important thing you possess, and as we’ve seen during the pandemic, a public health emergency can turn the world on its head in an instant. The same holds true for families and individuals when a health crisis hits. This month we want to focus on the need to protect against the financial impacts of a serious health issue, and that’s where critical illness insurance comes in.

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Insure the things you value most (including your ability to earn a living)

Helpful Tips, Insurance

When looking at insuring the things that are most important to you and your family: your home, your health and your life are a few of the most obvious examples. Most people have at least one of those insured. While it may not be as obvious, your ability to meet your loan and other credit obligations is probably one of the most valuable things you possess. Do you have that insured?

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RRIFs and changing beneficiaries to annuitants

Investments, Personal Finance

Bill and Rosalind are friends of Sam and Christine, whom you met in this article. They live in Halifax. Bill died of a stroke just before his 70th birthday. He had named his common law partner, Rosalind, as beneficiary of his Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) via his will, which he had set up earlier in the year.

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RRIFs and successor annuitant benefits

Investments, Personal Finance

Sam and Christine live in Moncton, New Brunswick. Sam is celebrating his 71st birthday this year. He has held on to his Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), optimizing the tax sheltered benefits of doing so. He named his wife Christine as beneficiary of that plan. Sam wants to convert his RRSP to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF).

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RRIF transfers to spouse using segregated funds

Investments, Personal Finance

Tom and Sharon have been together for about 8 years. This is a second marriage for both of them. Tom is semi-retired; Sharon is a retired schoolteacher. The couple are both wary investors; they still feel the pain of the big market correction in 2008–09. They moved their investments to segregated funds for the insurance guarantees including the ability to reset the minimum guarantees based on the growth on their investments.

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Life Insurance Ownership Pitfalls to Avoid: Part 2

Helpful Tips, Insurance

As we saw last time, avoiding life insurance ownership pitfalls takes a bit of maintenance work. With something that is built to last for years, decades or even a lifetime, the ability to adapt to the changes that come with life’s ups and downs is valuable. With life insurance, that means making sure you know what the options are and how to make them work for you. Let’s take a look at a couple of overlooked pitfalls to avoid.

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What the U.S. general election results means for the stock market

Investments, Off the Cuff

Ashley Misquitta reviews the U.S. general election results and the potential impact on the markets in this Off the Cuff video.

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Life Insurance Ownership Pitfalls to Avoid: Part 1

Helpful Tips, Insurance

 

Throughout Life Insurance Awareness Month in September we offered simple tips for first-time insurance buyers. Now we turn our attention to helping those with the foresight get life insurance to ensure you continue to enjoy the benefits that true peace of mind brings. Owning life insurance is not like owning a house or a car – you don’t have to watch it every day. However, it is often a decades-long investment and you should check under the hood every so often.

With that in mind, here a few common pitfalls you can avoid:

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Ten retirement myths series: Myth #10

Investments, Personal Finance

The next retirement myth is an example of an inter-generational issue. It also goes back to the issue of when to start making and funding plans for retirement. 


Retirement myth #10: I’m too
 young for critical illness or long term care coverage

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