TFSA – How to Use it Effectively!

Jay Brecknell | May 10, 2017

The majority of people we talk to do not understand how Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) work or how to best utilize them. This is partly due to how TFSA’s have been marketed by the banks. Here are some key things to know about these valuable tax shelters the government implemented in 2009.

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First Time Home Buyers

Andrew Gordon | April 13, 2017

First Time Home Buyers

If you’re a first-time home buyer in this province (BC), there are few things that you should be aware of as you may be able to take advantage at this time. Nowadays there are two areas to first time home buyers: RRSP limitations and property purchase advantages. The first revolves around tax-free allowable withdrawals of up to $25K per person towards the purchase of a new home. This one isn’t so new anymore, as it’s been around for years.

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Are RRSPs Overrated?

Vince Olfert | February 6, 2017

Are RRSPs overrated?

For many years RRSPs (Registered Retirement Savings Plans) were viewed as the best option available for retirement savings. However, the truth is that there are several variables to consider for your best investment options.

Here is a short list of questions to ask yourself:

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RDSP: Ever heard of it?

Andrew Gordon | January 9, 2017

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (“RDSP”) is one of the least talked about Registered Savings Plans on the market today.  To be honest, this plan is becoming more recognized because the Government of Canada is marketing the plan for Canadian’s with a disability.  In the past, RDSP’s have flown under the radar; however, throughout the past year, more and more people have been asking about it.

It is a little more complicated than your typical RRSP or RESP.

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Vancouver Real Estate vs Stock Market

Shawn Parkes | January 9, 2017

Would you be surprised to learn that the stock market has out performed real estate in Vancouver over the last decade? According to the MLS Home Price Index , which began collecting data 11 years ago, real estate prices throughout the greater Vancouver area have grown on average from 100bps in January 2005 to 187.75bps in January 2016. This growth represents a 5.89% annualized rate of return and a total return of 87.75%.

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