As we age and our thoughts turn to estate planning, Segregated Funds may present a valuable planning opportunity. As we progress through the stages of life our investment focus changes from growth to income to preservation. Usually, the expected rates of return reduce as we age, primarily because we have less time to make up for a loss and feel the need to be more conservative in our approach. Anyone who has retired shortly before or after a major market correction (or crash!) understands the impact volatility can have on their enjoyment of a comfortable retirement. Read more
Many investors over the age of 60 find themselves in a quandary regarding investments that they intend to leave to their heirs. The primary concern involves the desire to conserve the investments they are bequeathing while at the same time earning a reasonable rate of return. As we all know, the volatility of the equity markets can be cruel and this can be most detrimental when investments do not have time to recover after a downturn. As a result, many mature investors choose to accept low rates of return in order to avoid loss in the funds they wish to leave to family members.
If you share these concerns, then Segregated Funds (also known as Guaranteed Investment Funds) may be the solution. Segregated Funds are similar in performance and cost to Mutual Funds but come with some very attractive advantages. Since Segregated Funds are offered by life insurance companies, they contain guarantees both at maturity and at death. Read more
Investing today is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately for Canadians, segregated fund products offered by many life insurance companies provide a safety net for nervous investors.
Segregated Fund products present some interesting opportunities for people looking to get more security in their investment portfolios without sacrificing their potential for growth.
100% Maturity and Death Benefit Guarantee
At a time when most companies are reducing their guarantees to 75%, companies like Standard Life are offering 100% guarantees for both maturity value and death benefit.
It can be confusing in the world of investment choice. Do you sacrifice security for higher returns? Or do you play it safe and go the guaranteed route locking yourself into low returns? Fortunately for Canadian investors there is another option: Segregated Funds.
What are Segregated Funds?
Seg Funds are similar to mutual funds but only sold by life insurance companies which allow for the special “insurance” feature that makes segregated funds a safer investment. Read more