We will work with each client to determine reasonable goals, and then help find an appropriate investment strategy to fit their circumstances. Success should not be about measuring the portfolio over the most recent quarter, but rather achieving the long-term results each client is working towards.
- Securities: Traditional and Fee-Based Investing is offered through our dealer Manulife Securities Incorporated(Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, OMs, Bonds, GICs, and more...)
- Insured Investments: Segregated funds, GICs, Annuities, and GMWBs available from several providers.
- Banking Products: GICs offered from many banks through Manulife Securities Incorporated. Lending, low-cost/high-interest savings, and GICs offered through referral program at Manulife Bank.
- Private Equity: Through referral programs at Manulife Securities Incorporated, we coordinate and manage relationships with private wealth firms to open up unique opportunities for high net worth clients.
Manulife Securities Incorporated is our dealer, but they do not influence what investment management firms we recommend for clients. Manulife’s reputation for attracting and supporting a team of truly independent advisors is one of their great strengths and is at the core of why we choose to partner with them.
The Team Factor
We think our unique Advisor Team offers an edge to our clients when it comes to navigating, assessing, and monitoring the virtually endless opportunities available through the investment and insurance platforms. With Nick’s in-office role dedicated to research, analysis, and planning, more time is spent understanding and keeping up to date with the vast array of opportunities and determining if and where they best fit in each client’s plan.
Bill, Jon, and Nick are all Chartered Investment Managers (CIM®) with decades of collective money management experience. They are dedicated to managing client assets with professional, responsible, and timely execution.
We have the knowledge, the experience and the tools necessary to navigate a virtually limitless array of investment opportunities and make responsible recommendations. Ultimately, each investor and situation is unique. We strive to understand our clients, and the unique situations they are in as completely as possible, allowing us to recommend the most appropriate platform, products, and strategies with confidence. Adjustments are ongoing as changing circumstances dictate.
Beyond Investment Returns
Tax Minimization - Whether it’s savings for education and retirement, strategically taking income from various sources, legacy and estate planning, or corporate tax planning, doing the right things to limit your tax burden can add tremendous value beyond investment selection. Simply distributing your investments strategically across account types in a tax-effective manner can have significant net impact on long-term wealth creation.
Risk Mitigation - We can help you understand and manage non-investment risks, such as the financial impact of significant or catastrophic events (i.e. death, illness, disability). We`ll help you identify risk in the context of your financial plan, and find potential solutions to mitigate these risks with appropriate balance against cost.
Consolidation- By combining your assets from multiple investment firms into a single platform, we can often reduce your overall cost, simplify your finances, and potentially open up new investment opportunities.
Keeping You on Track- We encourage clients to save with calculated ongoing contributions, and we help to keep them disciplined. This will limit the chance of making one of the worst and most common investment mistakes – trading based on your emotions
What is Risk Management?
There comes a time in our lives when we feel the need to protect the things we cherish - family, business, independence, dignity. Satisfying this need starts with obtaining precisely the right information from which to make good decisions. The only true obstacles to obtaining our goals are those things beyond our control. We can’t prevent them, but we can build contingency plans to maintain quality of life or the viability of your business. That's Risk Management.
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Critical Illness insurance provides a lump sum benefit at the onset of any of the named conditions in the contract – most notably: heart attack, stroke, and cancer.
While disability insurance should be in place to provide for loss of income, and life insurance should be in place in case the condition proves fatal, there is a gap which Critical Illness is designed to fill.
Often, the onset of a “critical illness” leads to added expenses, especially medical expenses. While we are blessed with a great social health care plan, it often turns out that wait times for treatments, or the availability of alternative treatments outside of Canada, lead one to seek medical care in the U.S. or abroad. This can be expensive and often the cost is prohibitive. Critical Illness coverage can provide the cash needed to pursue those options outside of OHIP and could make a life-saving difference.
Disability is a risk that you cannot afford to ignore. The resulting loss of income along with the potential for increased costs during the period of disability can be devastating to you and your family and steps should be taken to mitigate this risk with an appropriate disability income insurance plan.
Most employers (but not all) provide some level of coverage. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of the levels of coverage they own, or the terms and conditions that are part of that coverage. For most Canadians, especially those with incomes above the average, the level of coverage provided by employers is far from adequate to maintain a similar standard of living during a period of prolonged disability. Of course, if your employer does not offer disability insurance, or you are self-employed, this is a matter you must take into your own hands.
Our service in this area begins by developing a thorough understanding of the existing coverage you have (if any), and then finding you the most appropriate coverage for you unique situation, whether that be topping up existing insurance, or providing base level coverage from the first dollar. We work with top providers of disability insurance in Canada to ensure that you get the best plans at the best price.
The disability insurance area can be complex with many benefits and features to choose from and different types of plans offering more or less in the way of benefits and exclusions. We have a deep background in disability insurance and can provide you with a high degree of understanding in the different products and features available to you, and help you decide what’s truly best for you.
Life insurance is all about caring for someone else. In essence, there are two reasons to own life insurance:
- You want to protect the future of those financially dependent on you in the event you should die prematurely.
- You want to increase the wealth that you leave behind for heirs and organizations that you care about.
PROTECTING LOVED ONES
If you are a breadwinner in a family, the need for life insurance becomes apparent. In the event that a breadwinner dies, often the ongoing cost of living for the surviving family members is not sustainable. Life insurance proceeds can solve this problem, providing cash to pay down mortgage and other debts, educate children and supplement income needs during the “dependent” years. In most cases, term insurance is the appropriate solution with low costs and terms that are typically either 10 years or 20 years to allow for the best coverage of the years in which the risk will exist.
LEAVING A LEGACY
Increasing wealth to create a lasting legacy is usually an idea that becomes important in the years following the raising of a family and accumulating assets for a comfortable retirement. When it becomes apparent that your assets will outlive you, most begin to wonder how tax planning can ensure that a larger estate is created, and look for other ideas to create a legacy for children, grandchildren, and the causes they hold most dear. Once again, life insurance can play a valuable role here, this time in the form of permanent insurance, which is designed to remain in force for the duration of one’s life at premiums that are predictable and sustainable. Permanent insurance creates an instant estate, and most importantly receives preferential tax treatment in Canada, making it an extremely attractive investment strategy when it comes to legacy creation.
PLANNING BASED SOLUTIONS
In the context of your financial plan, we will examine all of the ways that insurance can and should be used in your unique situation, and ensure that you are presented with the best solutions at each stage of your life, and more importantly, that consideration is given to integrating these solutions to seamlessly move from one stage to the next without the need to revisit (and requalify for) the appropriate life insurance solution at multiple times.
If you would like to find out more about how life insurance might play a role in your financial future, please contact us for a no obligation appointment at your convenience.
There are of course, other uses for life insurance, especially in business settings, where the risk to a company associated with losing a key employee or owner is often great enough to warrant an insurance solution. Additionally, life insurance is often used to ensure that debts are eliminated when the borrower dies to ensure that assets can be retained by the business or the family of the survivor.
Travel insurance is important to help protect you, your family or visitors to Canada from costs that can occur due to an unforeseen medical emergency during a trip or an unexpected reason to cancel or interrupt a trip.
Through Manulife we are able to offer travel insurance to cover off any need:
- Travelling out of province
- A visitor to Canada
- A student studying abroad or out of province
- An international student studying in Canada
(for policy details & FAQs look under Learn More under the appropriate insurance type in the menu on the left hand side of the page)
If you currently have no Health & Dental coverage, or are looking to continue coverage after your employee benefits end, Manulife has a plan that can help. Check out Manulife Financial Health & Dental Plans!