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RESP Secrets Everyone Should Know

Posted by Frank Gasper on 11 May 2021
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RESP Secrets Everyone Should Know
The Registered Education Savings Plan or RESP is a tax-deferred education investment account created by the federal government to encourage people to save for a child's education. As of 2021, it is estimated that it will cost $100,000 for a student enrolled in a 4-year program, living away from home. Gulp. As with any plan, there are rules for how the RESP can be used. Get familiar with them so that you can make them work for your specific situation. Seeking the advice of a financial ...

5 Things Your Estate Plan Should Include

Posted by Frank Gasper on 13 April 2021
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5 Things Your Estate Plan Should Include
Wondering what an estate plan should include? Here's a checklist of items you should have in your estate plan and things you need to do. If you have not read our blog post yet, Do I Need an Estate Plan? I encourage you to do so. It is a short read but paints a really good picture of who needs an estate plan and most importantly, why. You will find out that you're not too young to have an estate plan, it does not need to be expensive and there are plenty of good reasons you sh...

Everything You Need to Know About RESPs, But Probably Don't

Posted by Frank Gasper on 2 July 2020
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Everything You Need to Know About RESPs, But Probably Don't
RESP Basics You likely know that a Registered Education Saving Plan (RESP) is intended to save money for your child's education and that the invested money is allowed to grow tax free. When your child is ready to go to a post-secondary institution, you know can withdraw the money to pay for their tuition. Hopefully you also know about the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG), which matches your contribution up to $500 per year up to a maximum of $7,200 in a lifetime.  For low ...

An Estate Plan is the Ultimate Gift

Posted by Frank Gasper on 21 April 2020
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An Estate Plan is the Ultimate Gift
What is an estate plan? An estate plan is simply a checklist that ensures your personal belongings and finances are easy to manage and distribute, exactly how you want them to be, when you die. It also makes sure your estate doesn't pay more tax or legal fees than it needs to and perhaps most importantly, it makes things so much easier for your loved ones. While the word "estate" is often associated with large properties and the wealthy, in this case, it only refers to you...

How to Save for Retirement

Posted by Frank Gasper on 12 November 2019
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How to Save for Retirement
How To Save For Retirement Saving for retirement isn't easy, especially when we have so many other financial commitments, not to mention trying to save for a home, vehicle, education, vacation or otherwise. When I speak with clients about their financial goals, including retirement, I always get the same question: "How much will I need for retirement?" It's a difficult one to answer since everyone has different goals. We have to consider how long they plan to work, wha...
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