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  • This weekend, as families gather for a socially-distanced (even virtual?) Thanksgiving dinner, the things we once took for granted, we now take with gratitude. Some of our client families use this traditional weekend celebration to discuss their charitable giving plans – putting gratitude into ... Keep Reading >
  • The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a great deal of reflection among Canadian pre- and post-retirees on many things, including estate planning. With a little more time on your hands, now may be the ideal time to ‘stress test’ your estate plan to make sure its many components reflect your ... Keep Reading >
  • For high net-worth retirees, the risk of depleting their capital in their living years is sometimes a source of anxiety, no matter how wealthy they may be. This anxiety is heightened during periods of volatility when portfolios are down and their withdrawals take a proportionately bigger piece ... Keep Reading >
  • One of the most common questions we are asked by people who are either approaching or in the early stage of retirement is, “how should I structure my withdrawals to be most tax efficient?” That question is even more pressing at a time when the COVID-19 crisis has prompted many high net-worth ... Keep Reading >
  • One potentially challenging aspect for high-net-worth individuals entering retirement is moving from the security of earning employment or business income to relying on investment income to fund their lifestyle. At first, it can feel a little like a high-wire act without a safety net. ... Keep Reading >
  • As a self-described workaholic, “Rick”—a Newport client—had no intention of departing his successful retail business and making the transition into retirement. Quite the opposite, in fact. “I worked all the time and didn’t have any hobbies,” he recalls. “I loved what I did and thought that I’d ... Keep Reading >
  • Specifically, the prescribed interest rate has fallen to 1% as of July 1, 2020, which provides a significant opportunity to split income with a spouse, children or other family members. The new rate of 1% is the lowest the rate can possibly go, unless the yield on Government of Canada Treasury ... Keep Reading >
  • As lockdown restrictions are slowly eased, many of us can finally spend time with an ever-expanding group of loved ones. That means we can enjoy this Father’s Day with a visit or a backyard barbecue as we celebrate the men who matter most to us. That prompted our team to think about our dads’ ... Keep Reading >
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the generosity, kindness and teamwork that can emerge when we all band together in a crisis. But we’re also seeing a few bad actors working to take advantage of the situation, particularly on the cybersecurity front as we spend more hours online for work or to ... Keep Reading >
  • A small silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis is the chance it’s given so many of us to reflect on the important things in life, from our work, our homes and living spaces, to our relationships, family values and life goals. For high net-worth families especially, these trying times have created ... Keep Reading >