6 Financial Resolutions for 2018


The new year is a time to reflect and improve on ourselves. Many Canadians choose to make new year resolutions and financial goals are usually at the top of the list. 


These tips will help you set (and achieve) successful financial resolutions in 2018. 




Six financial resolutions to make this year:


1. Improve your financial literacy


The Canadian Financial Literacy Database helps you build an understanding of personal finance. Even if you don’t manage your own money, a basic understanding of terminology helps you better communicate your goals with a financial advisor.


2. Put the brakes on a big purchase


If you’re considering replacing an old car this year ask yourself if it can wait. If your car is paid off, the maintenance cost is likely less than payments on a new vehicle. You can use these savings to get ahead on the purchase of your dream car in the future. These principles can be applied to other big expenses like kitchen appliances or home renovations.


3. Practice patience with your purchases


To prevent overspending and impulse buying, wait a couple of weeks before making unnecessary purchases. If you wait long enough you might forget about it all together. Unfortunately, some purchases can’t be avoided. For the bigger necessary purchases, give yourself time to shop around and wait for a good deal.


4. Find leaks in your budget


Fees, impulse buying and overage charges on internet or cell phone plans are all examples of budget leaks. To fix these leaks, spend a month tracking your spending. This helps you find money you didn’t even realize was being spent. Patching up your budget leaks can help save $10s, $100s, or even $1000s this year!


5. Invest in your career


Investing in your primary source of income is a terrific way to earn more money this year. You can use Glassdoor to see if you’re getting paid fairly based on your experience and job title. You can use this information to ask for a raise or leverage it to get a better offer in a new job. To advance your career, you can also do a Google search for certificates or other learning opportunities in your industry.


Bring a new attitude to your money with these financial resolutions for 2018. These tips can make you smarter about your money, save more and live happier. Get in touch to find out how to make your 2018 financial goals come true.  


6. Build an emergency fund


One of the first steps towards financial independence is protecting yourself against unexpected expenses such as car repairs, home renovations and changes in employment. According to the Financial Post, only a quarter of Canadians have a rainy-day fund.


If an emergency happened in your life, would you need to take on debt? Talk to your financial advisor about how building an emergency fund can help avoid getting into debt.

Common Investment Myths – And How to Break Them



Let’s talk about investment myths. Have you started investing yet? If the answer is yes, think about the last time you sat down with a financial advisor and reviewed your portfolio to ensure your investment strategy is still aligned with your goals. If the answer is no, ask yourself why not? Maybe it’s because you don’t think you can afford it,  maybe it’s because you’re afraid of the risk versus reward or maybe it’s because you don’t see the value in paying fees.


Here’s the good news, today I’m debunking common investment myths. Actually, I’m going to shatter them. Whatever the reason may be that’s holding you back from reaching your full investment potential, it all ends now. If you’re hesitant about seeking financial advice, investing in the market and exploring different investment options, don’t worry because other people are too – that’s why there are so many common investment myths.


The key is to tell the truth about the current state of investing and help Canadians implement an investment strategy that you’re comfortable with.

Here are the real answers to three common investment myths:


I can’t afford to invest


Yes, you can. Everyone, whether you’re 16 or 56 can afford to put a portion of your after-tax income towards investing. The percentage varies depending on your monthly household expenses and individual disposable income, but yes everyone can afford to invest. So often people feel that saving investing are just for the wealthy – and that’s just not true.


I don’t need professional advice


Oh yes you do, everyone does. Why? Because there is so much more to creating an investment strategy than choosing the right stock at the right time – and I don’t do that because that’s not what smart investing is about.


The truth is investing is about finding solutions that align with your short term and long-term goals as well as your risk tolerance and time horizon. The Manulife investment philosophy is “There’s a difference between access to investments and investing successfully. Managing money wisely is a full-time job which takes experts with significant experience and skill.”


On a side note, timing the market to buy in on the absolute lowest day of the year and selling on the absolute highest day of the year to gain the maximum profit is another common investment myth. That doesn’t happen.


I shouldn’t have to pay fees


Well yes you should. In life we all have to pay for a professional service. I can’t think of a scenario where you get a service for free – except for the library. If you want the best dentist then you have to pay for it. The exact same principal is true when it comes to investing.


Of course, you can open a self-directed online brokerage account and manage your own money, but do you have the years of experience and professional expertise of a financial advisor? This is the real reason why paying for a professional service is worth the cost. It’s about access to investments (because you could do that yourself online) it’s about the experience and the expertise.


I hope this helps overcome some of your hesitations when it comes to building a relationship with a financial advisor and creating an investment strategy that fits your individual needs. If you want to discuss other common investment myths then let’s chat.


*This content was originally created by Manulife Securities for information purposes only. It has been distributed for advisor publication.*

3 Investment Tips for Millennials



Let’s be honest, investing isn’t always easy – at least it doesn’t always seem that way. With so many different options available on the market (from mutual funds to stocks), choosing the best strategy can be overwhelming. That’s where the assistance of a financial advisor comes into play.


It’s very easy to get caught up in hot tips, news headlines and guidance from family and friends. It seems like everywhere we look someone is giving millennials investment tips. The truth is finance is personal, and that’s why it’s so important to get tailored advice from a professional. With that being said, there are some pieces of advice that all young investors should know.


Here are three investment tips for millennials who want to start investing:


Start as early as possible


Yes, that’s right, young people should have started investing way before they were coined as millennials. As soon as you have an income (no matter how big or small) a portion of your paycheque should go into savings.


Thanks to a little thing called compound interest there are big benefits for millennials who start investing early. Compound interest helps your investments grow faster because your monthly earned interest (or dividends or capital gains) is reinvested back into your account. Therefore, the next month you earn interest on the previous month’s interest and so on for years to come. It’s brilliant.


Think long term with your strategy


According to Forbes, investing for the long term helps millennials see the bigger picture when it comes to risk versus reward in your portfolio. “Risk is kind of like that friend who regularly cancels plans but always comes through in a pinch. There might be heartache in the day-to-day, but in the long run, you’ll be glad you stuck it out.

In investing, more risk means the potential for more reward. Could you lose money and never collect that premium? Sure, but that’s unlikely when you’re in it for the long-term.”


Be honest with your financial advisor


Professional advice can help find an investment strategy that fits your individual plan, financial capabilities and life goals. However, that can only happen if you are completely honest with your advisor.


Think of a financial advisor as your financial doctor, they can’t totally assess the situation and provide a recommendation until they have all the information. This includes your short term and long-term goals, tolerance for risk, time horizon and general knowledge of the investing world.


If you have questions about investing or want to start investing but don’t know where to begin, I’m happy to help. Let’s chat about your goals and investment options for millennials.


*This content was originally created by Manulife Securities for information purposes only. It has been distributed for advisor publication.*

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