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Focus Your Financial Security Picture

For legal advice, many Canadians work with a single lawyer who comes to understand their individual situation and concerns.  For taxation matters, they look to a single accountant familiar with their bookkeeping needs and tax situation.

Yet, when it comes to financial security matters, many of these same individuals turn to two or more financial security advisors or institutions.

Having a number of accounts at several financial institutions may make it challenging to get a comprehensive view of your overall financial security picture.

Consolidating those assets with one trusted financial security advisor who knows and understands your needs can help bring focus and clarity to your financial security plan.

Provides a comprehensive view

Having a single financial security professional can help you get a comprehensive snapshot of your overall financial security picture. In addition, one financial security advisor will:

  • Better understand your investments as a whole
  • Be in a better position to give you advice on how your holdings fit with all your goals
  • Be better able to provide recommendations appropriate for you
  • Give you consistent information and advice

Helps manage risk

By working with a single financial security advisor, you’re dealing with someone who knows and understands where you are today and where you see yourself in the future. He/she is in a better position to make sure your portfolio is adjusted to reflect your changing needs and risk tolerance over time.

Simplifies your life

Consolidation also makes it easier to follow your investments, keep your portfolio on track to meet your goals and objectives, and adjust your portfolio when your personal circumstances change. In addition, if you’re receiving an income, the funds come from one source.

Finally, your lawyer or accountant will also find it easier to work with one financial security advisor on overlapping matters, such as estate planning.

Bring your financial security picture into focus today

Talk to your financial security advisor today about ways you can bring your financial security picture into focus by consolidating your assets.

Protect your retirement plans from the impact of a critical illness

Have you considered the impact of having to dip into your retirement savings? The cost of using RRSPs to cover expenses of an unexpected illness could result in the need to work longer or retire with less money than planned. Despite this, many Canadians don’t have an adequate plan for the unexpected.  

In an Ipsos Reid survey*, 52 per cent of respondents indicated they would dip into retirement savings if faced with a major illness.

Critical illness insurance can help keep your retirement saving on track if you are diagnosed with a condition such as a heart attack, stroke or life-threatening cancer.

If you have critical illness insurance and satisfy the survival period, the benefit you receive can help pay those expenses, meaning you are less likely to have to dip into your existing registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to help cover costs.

Consider this example

John is a 38-year-old male with annual earnings of $90,000. If he were to remain healthy until age 65, he could retire with more than $673,0001 in an RRSP. But John suffers a life-threatening cancer at age 52. Since he has no critical illness protection he needs money to cover daily living expenses and medical expenses and/or treatments not covered though his provincial healthcare plan. He withdraws $200,000 from his RRSP to pay these bills. To maintain his goal of retiring at of 65 years with the original RRSP amount, he would have to triple his RRSP contribution from the time of his diagnosis or retire with less than $275,0001, considerably less than planned.

However, if John invests slightly less each month in his RRSP, and use the difference toward a premium on a $110,0002 critical illness insurance policy with a return-of-premium rider, his retirement plans can stay on track in the event of a critical illness. In this scenario, if John remains healthy until the age of 65, he can retire with more than $626,000 in his RRSP, plus, be eligible for a return of premium of $43,751 for a total of nearly $670,000 for use in retirement.

Regardless of whether John suffers a critical illness, using some of his monthly contribution toward funding a critical illness with a return-of-premium rider can help protect his savings.

The above example is for illustration purpose only. Situations may vary according to specific circumstances

Most people never prepare for a critical illness

Deciding to include critical illness insurance in your financial security plan can be an import way to reduce financial risk and help protect your savings. By using a portion of your planned RRSP contributions to fund critical illness insurance, you can help protect your savings and keep your retirement plans on track.

Your financial security advisor can help you tailor your coverage by discussing the various options available to you. Set up a meeting today to put plans in place to reduce your financial risk and help safeguard your retirement if you suffer a critical illness. 


*“Retirement plans threatened by disability”,

1 Assumes annual earnings of $90,000, a 45 % marginal tax rate, and 4 percent compounded rate of return on RRSP contributions.

2 Critical illness policy based on 38-year-old, male, non-smoker, standard risk.

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