Schmidt Azam Wealth Management - ScotiaMcLeod Scarborough - Insurance Planning

By: Azam Wealth Management - ScotiaMcLeod Scarborough  09-12-2011
Keywords: Life Insurance, Financial Planning, Estate Planning

Life Insurance as a Risk Management Tool

Life insurance is one of the most overlooked financial solutions and its role within a well-developed financial strategy is often under appreciated. Not only can it provide the necessary safeguards for you and your family, it can also protect and enhance your investment portfolio. There are a variety of reasons why individuals may not have addressed their life insurance needs.

They may think that:

  1. Having a large portfolio negates the need for life insurance altogether.
  2. Life insurance premiums add little value to the financial strategy.
  3. Life insurance is an essential financial planning tool only for young families.

The Facts

Individuals with a large portfolio may not necessarily need life insurance, but it can help them address complex estate planning concerns such as excessive taxation upon death and the possible need to liquidate valuable assets to fund the tax bill. It can allow you to build additional wealth on a tax-sheltered basis - with a tax-free benefit paid to your estate - to ultimately maximize the asset value passed on to future generations. If you have sophisticated financial planning needs, these are important opportunities.

While some people may feel life insurance premiums are a waste of money or are reluctant to consider the possibility of death, we all have obligations regardless of whether we are here to meet them or not:

  • burial expenses.
  • children’s education.
  • mortgage and other debt payments.
  • tax liabilities.
  • ongoing daily expenses.

Furthermore, a life-altering event such as diagnosis of a critical illness would mean your family may need to fund medical expenses through the investment portfolio. So it is important to protect your family and your portfolio through proper tax and estate planning. While young families have significant financial obligations and need protection, life insurance is a risk management tool with a tremendous investment upside at any stage. No matter what your assets or debt, or where you find yourself in the lifecycle, there is likely a life insurance solution that could form an essential part of your overall financial strategy.

Stages of Your Life

Early Career - Accumulation

You May be Concerned With:

  • Providing comfort and security for your family.
  • Saving for your children’s education.
  • Protecting your business interests.

You can use Life insurance Solutions to:

  • Replace your income and cover expenses in the event of your death.
  • Replace your income in the event of a disability or serious illness.
  • Protect your business against the loss of a key employee or provide funding for a buy-sell arrangement between business partners.

Mid to Late Career - Preservation

You May be Concerned With:

  • Reducing the amount of income tax you pay.
  • Enhancing your retirement fund.
  • Keeping your business interests within your family.
  • Managing your health.
  • Sustaining your lifestyle.

You can use Life insurance Solutions to:

Develop additional tax-sheltered growth to complement your RRSP assets and perhaps generate a higher retirement income Address your business succession plan and secure interest for future generations Obtain the best medical care and preserve your retirement assets in the event of a life-threatening illness Retirement.

Retirement - Distribution

You May be Concerned With:

  • Ensuring that you don’t outlive your income.
  • Protecting your assets when you die.
  • Creating a legacy.

You can use Life insurance Solutions to:

  • Create a lifetime stream of income with a very desirable low risk, net yield.
  • Cover the inevitable tax liabilities at death with minimal impact to your assets.
  • Grow and distribute your wealth to future generations in the most efficient manner possible.

Keywords: Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Financial Strategy, Life Insurance, retirement income

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