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Traveling in Retirement

One of the top retirement goals for many is travel. As many as 1.5 million so called 'snowbirds' travel to the Southern United States during the winter. With summer just around the corner, thoughts turn to travel within our borders, too. The Canada Safety Council states that a few simple precautions can help ensure a safe, healthy and enjoyable trip any time of the year.

Personal Finance & Job Transfers

These days, having a career presents many new rewards and far more challenges than it ever used to. What we used to take for granted, including our work location, has changed dramatically as companies continue to grow and even go global.

This can be great for a business and its bottom line, but really tough on the employees within it. Because we never know exactly what the future holds, you may find yourself facing a job transfer at some point along your career path.

Distributing assets to your heirs

Estate planning is much easier when everything is well documented.

The following worksheet can help you itemize how you want the assets in your estate distributed. It will also be helpful when preparing or updating your Will.

Be sure to consult with your advisor as to which assets may have potential tax liabilities so that you can address these concerns in your estate plan.

Click here to view worksheet.

Maintaining Independence

Over the next 10 years, as Babyboomers begin retiring the majority of these retirees will face financial challenges related to caring for aging parents.

The family home is often strongly connected to many wonderful life memories, therefore most seniors prefer to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Canadian Market Recovery After Financial Crises

During financial crises, stock prices suffer. However, they typically recover over time.

This chart illustrate the cumulative returns of a balanced (60% stock/40% bond) portfolio after five historical financial crises. In the short term, uncertainty from such external shocks can create sudden drops in value. For example, the portfolio posted a negative return one month after the October 1987 stock-market crash. Over a longer period of time, however, returns were much more attractive, and investors who stayed the course reaped considerable rewards.

Mortgage Rules Tightened

In an effort to crack down on speculators and to discourage people from taking on too much debt, Ottawa is tightening mortgage rules again. These new rules are expected to take effect April 19, 2010.

There is growing concern that the housing market in Canada may be overheating. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stresses that while there is no bubble in Canada's real estate market now, these new mortgage measures are a proactive step to help prevent a housing bubble from occurring.

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