The value of advice

In an effort to stay healthy, you make seeing your doctor a priority. Your doctor knows your medical history and, if there is a problem, can recommend a course of treatment. The same concept applies to your finances – regular checkups with an advisor can go a long way towards improving your financial health. Whether your goal is to reduce debt, buy a house, save for retirement or simply pay the bills, you don't have to go it alone.

Regardless of your stage of life or amount of wealth, you can benefit from the professional counsel and services of an advisor. In fact,71 per cent of advised households started working with an advisor when they had less than $50,000 in investable assets.1 Milestones such as buying a first home, starting a new job or having a child are all good opportunities to address new financial needs and begin working with an advisor.

Start with a consultation

An advisor starts by understanding your objectives and doing a thorough analysis of your complete financial situation. Next, he or she will work with you to put a strategy in place to help reach your goals. A comprehensive plan allows you to balance today's needs with your goals for the future, easily adapt to changes in circumstance and plan ahead for emergencies, as well as helping you be in control of your financial well-being.

An advisor may be able to help by doing some or all of the following:

  • Creating a disciplined savings strategy including cash flow planning and debt management
  • Designing and implementing a customized investment strategy
  • Proposing tax reduction strategies
  • Facilitating will and estate planning
  • Reviewing and recommending insurance products, including life,disability and critical illness
  • Providing access to a network of professional resources such as accounting and legal services

A prescription for long-term success. As you develop your plan, it's important to be realistic about your expectations. An advisor won't magically make your debt disappear or guarantee double-digit returns on your investments. He or she will, however,provide ongoing support and guidance so you can remain focused on your goals through the ups and downs life throws your way.The Value of Advice Report 2012 by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada found that households that receive financial advice are:

  • 1.5 times more likely to stick to theirfinancial decisions
  • More confident about theirfinancial future
  • More than twice as likely to participate in Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Registered Education Savings Plans and Tax-Free Savings Accounts

As you can see, those who work with an advisor have a clear advantage –both in terms of increased financial benefits and level of confidence about their overall finances.

Regular checkups: Your financial well-being depends on them

Getting started early on with an advisor and scheduling routine reviews can provide a considerable financial advantage in the long run. Be sure to ask questions and get the information you need to feel a high level of trust and comfort. After all, the healthiest and most rewarding relationship is one that will benefit you not just today, but well into your future.

1 Claude Montmarquette and Nathalie Viennot-Briot, Econometric models on the value of advice of a financialadvisor, CIRANO, July 2012.

Premier Investment Program

The Premier Investment Program is a fee-based account that offers a range of investment services and the ability to hold a wide variety of investment products including mutual funds and individual stocks and bonds. Virtually every investment offered at Manulife Securities can be held in a Premier plan.
In addition to transparency, objectivity and accountability ­– the hallmarks of a fee-based account – the Manulife Securities Premier Investment Program can benefit my clients in a number of ways:

  • You pay for advice, not trades – transactions are incidental and are not the differentiating factor in assessing the value I offer
  • Advisor compensation is completely transparent and agreed upon, and because the costs associated with trades or other services are reduced or eliminated, you can fully understand what you’re paying for your investments

The fee-based solution provides the medium for developing a strong, customized portfolio at a cost that is generally less than the cost associated with traditional mutual funds.

  • Fees can be paid outside of your portfolio; this means your portfolio return need not be reduced to pay fees and assets can grow faster
  • When a fee is paid for investment advisory services on a portfolio outside of an RRSP, the fee is generally tax deductible
  • Because compensation can be based on portfolio value, fees will rise or decline based on the performance of the portfolio; this assures you that my primary interest is the growth of your portfolio

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Investment & Asset Management

  • Asset allocation based on personal goals and objectives
  • Ensuring investment selection is inline with goals & risk tolerance
  • Tax efficiency of Investments
  • Fee Analysis
  • Continuous Monitoring and goal checks

Retirement Planning

  • Retirement Income Projection and Analysis  
  • Pension Analysis
  • Severance
  • TFSA or RSP ?
  • Goal Setting
  • CPP and OAS Analysis

Tax Minimization Strategies

  • Tax efficiency of investments
  • Tax deferral
  • Tax conversion
  • Passing assets through your estate
  • Income splitting
  • Intergenerational transfer
 
**Tax minimization strategies abide by rules set forth by the CRA and may require us to work along side a Chartered Accountant. 

Risk Management & Needs Coverage

  • Income protection
  • Asset protection
  • Family protection
  • Estate protection
  • Travel Insurance

Corporations and Businesses

  • Preferred Corporate Retirement
  • Preferred Corporate Estate Transfer
  • Investment and Asset Management
  • Group RSP
  • Tax Efficiency of Business Income
  • Group Benefits

Other

  • Cash Flow/Budgeting 
  • Education Planning     
  • Short term goal planning 
  • Debt Management
  • Beneficiary audit

Estate Planning  

  • Legacy Planning
  • Inheritance
  • Intergenerational transfers
  • Estate Bond
  • Gifting to children
  • Trusts
  • Charitable donations
  • Beneficiary Audit

**Some Estate Planning strategies may require the involvement of a legal professional.