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Clean up your junk!

“So here is what I want you to do: I want you to make a list of all the things that you want people to know when you are not here to tell them: all the financial institutions that you have accounts at, where your will is located, where your passwords are stored, what kind…

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Also posted in Estate Planning |

Financial literacy resources

“To be clear, my perspective on the value of professional financial advice is unwavering. But, for whatever reason, sometimes people are looking for other options. And there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that. If we were all the same then Ben and Jerry’s wouldn’t need to offer 60 flavours of ice cream.” Brad Brain_ Financial…

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Also posted in Planning Encyclopedia |

Millennials, time to start thinking about your future

“How many Baby Boomers would you expect were thinking of retirement way back in the 1960s and 1970s? But now their time is here. How many Gen-Xers were thinking about life after work in the 1980s and 1990s? But now their time is quickly approaching. The point is, the calendar shows no mercy. You are…

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An overlooked opportunity

“For families that are dealing with a disability the RDSP offers substantial incentives. And yet, very few of the people that are eligible are taking advantage of the RDSP. (…) Don’t overlook this opportunity. If yourself, or someone in your family is under age 59 and eligible for the disability tax credit, talk to a…

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Calling All Millennials

“I do not know if it is like this everywhere but, in my industry, we hear about Millennials all the time. We hear how Millennials are unique. We hear about their social values, and communication styles, and their career objectives. And I really do think that, if you want to know about Millennials, then you…

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There is no Mary Poppins

In the real world, Mary Poppins does not just snap her fingers and the children’s room cleans itself, whilst everyone sings a happy tune. In the real world someone actually has to put the toys away. Brad Brain_ There is no Mary Poppins _ Alaska Highway News

The Number One Secret to Financial Success

I have been a professional financial planner for a quarter century. When it comes to retirement income, there has always been the fear of finding out you aren’t going to have enough, and now it’s too late to do anything about it. But the challenges we are dealing with now seem only to exacerbate that…

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Also posted in Money Management |

Life in 1985

Many years ago, a friend won a bursary when we graduated from high school. Recently she came across the newspaper that contained the bursary announcements. With a bit of nostalgia, she shared the newspaper page on Facebook.  Brad Brain_ Life in 1985 _ Alaska Highway News

The things we don’t get around to

Hey, I get it, when you are young there are things to do. I was once young myself. But compound interest doesn’t care about why, it only cares about when. Get started making smart decisions about money as soon as possible. Brad Brain_ The things we don’t get around to _ Alaska Highway News  

Also posted in Estate Planning, Insurance Columns |

The pain of loss

The pain of loss is real, and it is acute, and it lingers. And, importantly, it affects how you make money decisions. It’s just one of the ways that emotional decision making can result in irrational decisions. Brad Brain_ The pain of loss _ Alaska Highway News

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