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.
In addition, none of us want to leave an estate for our heirs which could be a fraction of what was intended or be a catalyst for family discord. Fortunately, you do not have to forego the opportunity of growth in order to preserve the capital that you wish to leave to your family. Segregated Funds not only protect your estate against market fluctuations, they also provide the comfort of knowing the inheritances you wish to leave will be received by those for whom they were intended.
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