Permanent life insurance, such as Whole Life or Universal Life, has long been accepted as a tax efficient way of accumulating cash for future needs. Soon the amount of funds that can be tax sheltered within a life insurance policy will be reduced by new tax rules which take effect January 1, 2017. These changes may make 2016 the best year to buy cash value life insurance.
The changes to the tax rules regarding life insurance have resulted in an update to the “exempt test” which measures how much cash value can accumulate in a policy before it becomes subject to income tax.
Highlights of the new rules and their effect
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Growing your estate without undue market risk and taxes
Often we see older investors shift gears near retirement and beyond. Many become risk adverse and move their assets into fixed income type investments. Unfortunately this often results in the assets being exposed to higher rates of income tax and lower rates of return – never a good combination.
Or maybe the older investor cannot fully enjoy their retirement years for fear of spending their children’s inheritance.
The Estate Bond financial planning strategy presents a solution to both of these problems. Read more
Has it been awhile since you last looked at your insurance portfolio?
Are you a little sketchy in your recollection of all the coverage you have and why you have it?
Are you uncertain as to whether or not your portfolio reflects your current situation?
Just like going to the dentist for regular checkups is a necessary evil, reviewing your financial plan and products on a regular basis is also recommended. Circumstances can change over time and making sure your protection is keeping pace is a worthwhile exercise. Read more
Given the problems encountered by some large financial institutions in the United States, how concerned should we be about the state of the life insurance industry in Canada? It is a fact that over the past decade the number of life insurance companies operating in Canada has decreased dramatically. This decrease is mainly due to the mergers and acquisitions of the existing companies. For example, those individuals who maintained policies issued by Maritime Life, Commercial Union, North American Life, or Aetna Life, now find themselves insured by Manulife Financial. Today, insurance is one of the most closely regulated industries in Canada. Unlike the United States, in Canada, there is a government organization that supervises all of the federally incorporated and foreign insurers to ensure that these companies operate in a prudent manner. This organization is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). For those companies that are provincially chartered their oversight is provided by the province in which they do business. The major life insurance companies are federally regulated by OSFI.