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Helping Seniors: 10% Fail to Receive GIS

Posted: January 30, 2019 By : Walter Harder & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , OAS, Evelyn Jacks, guaranteed income supplement, old age security, retirement income, GIS, Walter Harder, retirees, benefits for seniors, senior income, seniors in poverty, low-income seniors

According to Statistics Canada*in 2016, 4.9% or 289,000 of 4.9 million seniors in Canada were living in poverty. Yet, more than one in ten seniors who are eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) didn't receive it in 2016-17. This is a big concern because, in fact, the number of seniors living in poverty is on the rise. So what’s the problem?

Do Government Transfer Programs Really Help?

Posted: December 11, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , seniors, tax credits, statistics canada, income disparities, low income, social assistance, government transfer programs, assistance programs

New data from Statistics Canada shows that government transfer programs have a positive impact on getting Canadians out of low-income status. But for some demographics, these positive effects have declined over time. It’s a timely topic, as the holiday season reminds us that the most vulnerable demographics, which includes women and seniors, may not have the resources to enjoy the holidays or share with their families.

Give Seniors the Gift of Financial Protection

Posted: December 11, 2018
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , seniors, relationship management, elder abuse, succession planning, power of attorney, fraud, family wealth, financial abuse, advisor's duty, client services, CRA scam, wills

It’s an advisor’s duty to help protect their clients from financial abuse, and seniors are most vulnerable to this. In fact, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, 62.5 percent of elder abuse cases are financial. What can you do to give your senior clients the gift of financial protection this holiday season?

CPP Benefit Enhancements: An Alternative to Private Plans and Pensions

Posted: August 21, 2018 By : Stefanie Keller
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , seniors, investment, knowledge bureau, Canada Pension Plan, Evelyn Jacks, retirement income, public pension, Real Wealth Manager, old age benefits, income planning, Quebec Pension Plan, deferring CPP, CPP enhancements, maximum pensionable earnings, tax-efficient retirement income, Stefanie Keller

Will the CPP be enough to provide security in retirement? That’s a big question for many who face higher premiums for the mandatory plan starting in January of 2019. But to get the most out of your CPP, it pays to get some professional advice.

Deferring Receipt of CPP: Is it the Right Call for Retirees?

Posted: August 14, 2018 By : Stefanie Keller
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , seniors, investment, knowledge bureau, Canada Pension Plan, Evelyn Jacks, retirement income, public pension, Real Wealth Manager, old age benefits, income planning, Quebec Pension Plan, deferring CPP, CPP enhancements, maximum pensionable earnings, tax-efficient retirement income, Stefanie Keller, Stellar Wealth & Tax Solutions

When it comes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)/Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), most Canadians want to know whether they should take it early, at age 60 or defer it. In fact, this is a great trigger question and a core part of the discussion and a core part of the discussion about a pre-retiree's financial strategy. Yet it is surprising how few advisors drill down on this complex, and often uncomfortable decision.