Now that we are nearing year end, it’s a good time to review your finances. 2018 saw a number of major changes to tax legislation come in force and more will apply in 2019, therefore you should consider available opportunities and planning strategies prior to year-end.
Segregated Funds and Mutual Funds often have many of the same benefits such as:
- Both are managed by investment professionals.
- You can generally redeem your investments and get your current market value at any time.
- You can use them in your RRSP, RRIF, RESP, RDSP, TFSA or non-registered account.
So what’s the difference? Who offers these products?
- Segregated Funds: Life Insurance Companies
- Mutual Funds: Investment Management Firms
Why is this important?
- Since Segregated funds are offered by life insurance companies, they are individual insurance contracts. Which means….
- Maturity Guarantees
- Death Benefit Guarantees
- Ability to Bypass Probate
- Potential Creditor Protection
- Mutual Funds do not have these features.
What are these features?
Maturity and Death Benefit Guarantees mean the insurance company must guarantee at least 75% of the premium paid into the contract for at least 10 years upon maturity or your death.
Resets means you have the ability to reset the maturity and death benefit guarantee at a higher market value of the investment.
Bypass Probate: since you name a beneficiary to receive the proceeds on your death, the proceeds are paid directly to your beneficiary which means it bypasses your estate and can avoid probate fees.
Potential Creditor Protection is available when you name a beneficiary within the family class, there are certain restrictions associated with this.
What are the fees?
- Segregated Funds: Typically higher fees (MERS)
- Mutual Funds: Typically lower fees
I can help you decide what makes sense for your financial situation.
Several key changes relating to personal financial arrangements are covered in the Canadian government’s 2018 federal budget, which could affect the finances of you and your family. Below are some of the most significant changes to be aware of:
The government is creating a new five-week “use-it-or-lose-it” incentive for new fathers to take parental leave. This would increase the EI parental leave to 40 weeks (maximum) when the second parent agrees to take at least 5 weeks off. Effective June 2019, couples who opt for extended parental leave of 18 months, the second parent can take up to 8 additional weeks, at 33% of their income.
The government aims to reduce the gender wage gap by 2.7% for public servants and 2.6% in the federal private sector. The aim is to ensure that men and women receive the same pay for equal work. They have also announced increased funding for female entrepreneurs.
Effective for 2021 tax filings, the government will require reporting for certain trusts to provide information to provide information on identities of all trustees, beneficiaries, settlors of the trust and each person that has the ability to exert control over the trust.
Registered Disability Savings Plan holders
The budget proposes to extend to 2023 the current temporary measure whereby a family member such as a spouse or parent can hold an RDSP plan on behalf of an adult with reduced capacity.
If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.