John Ponto |
Most people looking to implement a financial plan are making decisions with the long-term in mind. While what “long-term” means tend to vary depending on factors like age, individual and family goals, it’s safe to say most planners and their clients would agree that long-term is usually measured in years, not months.
John Ponto |
Perhaps the most encouraging outcome of the latest recession is the increasing emphasis on debt reduction by most Canadians. We are borrowing less and saving more, and, hopefully, developing some more frugal habits that can lead to healthier finances in the future. Still, many people continue to struggle with their debt.
Most people would argue that living in a digital world, with instant access to an endless stream of information has made us smarter and more self-empowered than past generations. Investors believe that it has “leveled the playing field”, enabling them to make investment decisions based on the same information once only available to the investment pros.
The one thing of which we can all be certain of, is change. Life happens every day and, as a result, we are constantly assessing our situation and changing our course, usually by making small adjustments. A life insurance purchase is one of the few decisions we make with a more long-term perspective.
Buying a home can be overwhelming, especially when thinking about how to afford a down payment. The good news is, as a Canadian resident, you have some options for financing your new home. If you’ve contributed money to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), you may be eligible to use those funds to purchase a home with the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP).