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Peter Wouters

Directeur, Planification fiscale et successorale et planification de la retraite, Gestion de patrimoine
Placements Empire Vie

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Get a grip on your finances with these financial tools and calculators

Investments, Personal Finance

I’ve written a number of articles on cash flow management: the issues with it, the domino effects of debt and savings, and ideas on how you can get a better grip on your finances. I’ve created a list of resources you can use to work through your own particular circumstances or offer to your clients as an aid to working through their financial cash flow management situations.

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Kids to inherit your vacation property on your passing? Watch out for the taxes!

Helpful Tips, Insurance

Summer is upon us, which means spending longer days in the sun and enjoying your cottage with your family and friends. This is also the time that you may start thinking about the future of your cottage and your plans to pass it down your family. If you have decided to bequeath your vacation property to your children in your will, you may know that there could be substantial capital gains taxes due. Where does the money come from? Let’s consider some alternatives.

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Market timing and missing the worst performance months

Investments, Personal Finance

In my last article, I wrote about the benefits of a buy and hold strategy where an investor stayed in the market through the ups and downs of a particular investment. 

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Staying invested in the market

Investments, Personal Finance

A common piece of advice for investors is that long term success doesn’t hinge on timing the market. It’s time in the market that may make the bigger difference.

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Life & Money Matters: Safeguarding against elder financial abuse

Investments, Personal Finance

 

Did you know that financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada?1 In this segment of Life & Money Matters video, Peter shares some of the signs of elder financial abuse and how to safeguard against it.

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The financial stress of supporting adult children

Helpful Tips, Insurance

As Millenials graduate and seek employment, many parents still feel the burden of financially providing for their children. Studies found that more than four in ten Canadians say their top source of stress is money1. Specifically, nearly half of Canadian parents admit that supporting their adult children is causing them emotional and financial stress2.

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Probate or Capital Gains: a peril of joint ownership

Helpful Tips, Insurance

 

People can go to great lengths to avoid probate costs, sometimes making them turn a blind eye to much bigger costs that can be created by passing assets outside of the estate. Let's take a look at a recent case concerning an elderly gentleman and his son. 

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Retirement plan and advisor...the "one-two punch"

Investments, Personal Finance

How secure do you feel about life after work? Even if work will continue to form part of the next phase in your life, how comfortable are you with your plans and savings for all those tomorrows? Will your plans work, even under adverse conditions? 

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Don't miss out on these 5 tax credits

Helpful Tips, Insurance

It’s tax time again. You may be in the habit of completing your own tax return or having a professional do it for you. Either way, make sure you have the details and supporting documentation to get the most out of these five tax credits.

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Diversification: risk and opportunity

Investments, Personal Finance

I’m sure many of you have heard the following statements. Perhaps you have made them yourselves.

“I don’t like taking risks with my money.”

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