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Farm succession requires expert advice and planning The family farm, you have worked hard to build it into what it is today and now it is a major component of your wealth. You are ready to retire and enjoy the fruits of your labour and pass the torch on to the [...]
Sat, Sep 05, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Little House on the Prairie - Saskatchewan
Guest post by Coach Sylvia Fredenslund- Fredenslund Farm Coaching Denmark Sylvia Fredenslund was invited by CAFA (Canadian Association of Farm Advisors) to hold a lecture at the recent “Ag In Motion” agricultural exhibition in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, about her experiences with the crisis in the Danish farming and handling problems in [...]
Sat, Aug 22, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Global world economy machine with U.S.A and Europe in the center represented by gears and cogs with the countries flags of Greece Russia China Canada Germany Brazil and Britain representing international trade and world imports and exporting industry.
When it rains it pours, as the saying goes. If you've been following the financial news this summer, it probably seems like a torrential storm has been churning all around the world. Every week, people ask me about the headlines they hear on TV. “What's going on [...]
Sun, Aug 16, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Mature man holding head in hand with computer, tax income booklet and coffee cup on desk
Income tax may only be on your mind for a few days weeks in April of each year but, its impact is far-reaching, extending over our entire lifetime. Why, then, do most of us spend more time (and money) fixing our cars than we do trying to reduce our annual income [...]
Sat, Aug 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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If you're like most baby boomers, you have built up a sizable nest egg. However the journey building that nest-egg may have been somewhat haphazard. You have multiple investment accounts with multiple advisors. You have a rough idea of how much you have saved, but it's a challenge collecting all [...]
Sun, Jul 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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You do not have to be one of Canada's top money managers to build the right investment strategy! If you're like most people, you know that deciding how to invest your retirement nest egg can prove to be a challenge. With historically low interest rates, uncertain and volatile stock markets and [...]
Sun, Jul 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie Many people have asked us about the recent news out of China. “What's happening to their stock market?” they want to know. “Will it affect us? Should I be worried?” I offer the [...]
Sat, Jul 18, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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By Adrian C. Spitters, FCSI®, CFP®, FMA If you're like most people, you know that the taxman has a habit of taking a huge bite out of your nest egg. This is especially true for farmers. Farm values (land and quota) have gone up significantly in the past decade and interest [...]
Thu, Jul 16, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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Your financial health could suffer if your financial advisor offers you a financial prescription before diagnosis of your financial health. When we visit our doctor, we expect that they will ask us a whole bunch of questions, check our heart rate, blood pressure, poke and prod us before we walk out [...]
Wed, Jul 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
If you're like most people, you know that investing is a trade-off between risk and return. Some lower risk investments may guarantee your money, but often provide lower returns. On the other hand, many investments that offer higher returns can come with a greater level of risk. The trade-off is [...]
Sat, Jul 11, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Euro coins on a map of Greece (Greek financial crisis)
If you've opened a newspaper in the past few days, you probably saw headlines about the Greek debt crisis. It's possible you found these headlines easy to understand, with no explanation required. In the event you do need an explanation this article will explain the story behind this Greek tragedy, and [...]
Mon, Jul 06, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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The face of today's Canadian farmer typically comes with a few wrinkles. But a poll released by RBC Agriculture finds many Canadian farmers virtually no succession plan in place. The 2015 Canadian Agricultural Outlook Survey was released April 30 and finds a number of uncertainties facing Canadian farmers. “We know that farmers [...]
Mon, Jul 06, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Wealthy testament
Through hard work and perseverance, Mark grew his modest farm into a very successful farming operation before he sold it. At his death, Mark's children were surprised to find that their father had amassed an estate worth over $6,000,000. During his lifetime, Mark had taught his three children the value of [...]
Sat, Jun 13, 2015, Continue reading at the source
My dad with my brother John (left) and Ken Corba (right) looking for creative ways to reduce his income tax bill. When my dad started his investment program at age 57 in 1978, he wanted to reduce his tax bill but he didn't truly appreciate how critically important this one action [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source