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Definitions

Savings plan

savings plan is like a container that can hold various investments.

A registered plan, like an RESP or TFSA, lets you grow your savings tax-free.

Investment

Making an investment involves placing funds in a financial vehicle for a certain period, with the goal of growing your savings.

Cash

Cash means your liquid assets that can be used immediately.

Principal

Your principal is money in your possession that can bear interest or dividends.

Investment horizon

Your investment horizon is the period of time over which you plan to hold an investment.

General

Where should I invest my money?

It all depends on your goals, investor profile and situation. For instance, if your risk tolerance is low, you may want to choose a conservative investment like a guaranteed investment certificate (GIC). If your risk tolerance is higher, you may want to leverage the growth potential of the markets by investing primarily in stocks. An advisor can give you personalized tips based on your goals and investment horizon.

Make an appointment today. In the meantime, you can start planning for your retirement and other projects using the MyIdea tool.

Which investment strategy is best for me?

In general, it's a good idea to diversify your investments. You don't want to put all your eggs in one basket!

Your investment strategy must be aligned with your investor profile, objectives and financial situation. Make an appointment with an advisor to learn more.

How should I invest my money?

There are many options for building your savings, based on your objectives and personal situation. You could invest in an RRSP to save for retirement or a long-term project, or set up an RESP to save for your child's education.

To learn more, visit our page on investing.

What's the difference between registered and non-registered plans?

Government-registered plans and accounts, like RRSPsTFSAs and RESPs, let you grow your savings tax-free under certain terms and conditions.

Although non-registered accounts offer no tax incentives, they usually allow for more flexibility as they have no contribution ceiling or tax limitations. Discover the main differences between registered and non-registered plans.

I'd like to prepare for retirement. Where do I start?

Making an appointment with an expert in retirement and investment is a good place to start.

For some inspiration before your meeting, check out the My Retirement page. Start thinking about your dream retirement so you can plan accordingly, based on where you're at in life.

What is my investor profile?

To find out, take our simple test by answering 7 questions. Since your profile can change over time, we recommend taking the test every year.

Which investments are least risky?

In general, a guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) is the lowest-risk investment, because your principal is guaranteed.

Depending on your investor profile, you may be interested in an investment solution like the NBI Secure Portfolio1 or the NBI Conservative Portfolio, or a liquidity solution. These investments focus on protecting your principal.

For personalized advice, make an appointment with one of our experts. They will help you find the solution that's best for you.

How can I reduce risk?

Diversifying your investments is key. Although they may seem unpredictable, markets go through cycles. It's normal for the value of your investments to fluctuate.

A good investment strategy involves investing in a range of securities based on your risk tolerance. This means that if a specific company or sector performs poorly, your portfolio will not lose all of its value.

I want to buy stocks. How do I get started?

Looking to manage your own portfolio? National Bank Direct Brokerage offers simple, innovative online brokerage tools for self‑directed investors.

Would you rather work with an advisor? National Bank Financial allows you to grow your wealth and achieve your goals with the help of an expert investment advisor.

How do I open an investment account?

Already have an advisor? You can ask to open an investment account over the phone.

Don't have an advisor? Make an appointment at a branch.

Savings accounts and plans


RRSP

What is an RRSP?

A registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is a government-registered plan that lets you defer income tax on your contributions until after you retire.

Your savings will grow tax-free until you withdraw funds to finance your retirement, buy a first home or go back to school.

Should I choose an RRSP or a TFSA?

Both plans are great ways to save tax-free. To find out which is best suited to your goals and needs, check out the key differences between an RRSP and a TFSA.

What are the advantages of an RRSP?

With an RRSP, you can:

  • Invest in a tax-sheltered vehicle
  • Reduce your taxable income
  • Carry forward unused contribution room to the next year
  • Build your retirement savings

You can also temporarily withdraw amounts from your RRSP to buy a first home through the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) or to finance your education through the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP).

What's the deadline for RRSP contributions?

You can contribute to your RRSP at any point during the year, and in the first 60 days of the following year. Contributions you make in January and February are deducted from your previous year’s income.

The contribution deadline for 2017 is March 1, 2018. Contributions made after that date will be deducted from your 2018 income tax return.

For more information, consult our list of important dates for RRSPs, receipts and tax slips.

How much can I contribute to my RRSP each year?

Your maximum annual contribution is equivalent to 18% of your income for the previous year. The maximum contribution for 2017 may not exceed $26,010. Check your government-issued Notice of Assessment for your personal contribution limit.

N.B.: You can also carry over unused contribution room from previous years. For more information, consult our page on maximum RRSP contributions.

What is the minimum age for contributing to an RRSP? What about the maximum age?

There's no minimum age for opening an RRSP. However, you must receive employment or business income to earn contribution room, and must be over 18 years old to contribute more than $2,000 a year.

You can contribute to your RRSP until December 31 of the year in which you reach age 71. However, you can contribute to your spouse's RRSP if they have yet to reach the age limit, or continue to save by contributing to a TFSA.

What types of investment can be placed in an RRSP?

There are three main categories of eligible investments:

  1. Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC)
  2. Managed solutions and investment funds
  3. Self-directed investments managed through a platform like National Bank Direct Brokerage

Need more information? Learn more about eligible and ineligible investments in an RRSP.

I'd like to make an RRSP contribution, but we're almost at the deadline. What should I do?

Choose a Progress RRSP. This handy option lets you contribute to an RRSP quickly before the deadline so you can later transfer your funds to the investment solution of your choice.

When do you send out contribution receipts for tax returns?

You can find the mailing dates for contribution receipts and tax slips at the bottom of the RRSP contribution deadline page.

If you're missing a document you need to file your tax return, call 1‑888‑483‑5628 or visit your branch to request a copy.

How can an RRSP help me maximize my income tax refund?

Contributing to your RRSP reduces your taxable income. The more you contribute, the more you'll get back. Contributing to an RRSP each year can be a great way to cut taxes.

Learn more about ways to maximize your tax refund.

What happens if I overcontribute?

If you overcontribute to your RRSP by $2,000 or less, the Canada Revenue Agency will allow you to keep the money in your RRSP without penalty. However, this amount will not be deducted from your taxable income.

There is a 1% monthly penalty for overcontributions greater than $2,000, until the amount is withdrawn or your limit covers the excess contribution.

For more information, consult our page on maximum RRSP contributions.

How do I withdraw funds from my RRSP?

If you already have a retirement advisor, contact them to discuss a disbursement strategy.

Otherwise, you can find a retirement advisor or make an appointment at a branch.

What happens to my RRSP when I retire?

Once you retire, you have three options:

  • Cash out all your savings out as a lump sum (income taxes will apply)
  • Convert your RRSP to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF)
  • Purchase a life income fund (LIF).

Your RRSP must be cashed out or converted by December 31 of the year you turn 71. If you fail to do so, the government will close your RRSP and your savings will be considered taxable income. Don't miss out—act on time!

When can I withdraw funds from my RRSP?

You can withdraw funds from your RRSP at any time2 and for any reason, but withdrawals are taxed. We recommend that you wait until retirement, when your income is generally lower, to start withdrawing from your RRSP.

You can also withdraw amounts from your RRSP without being taxed immediately to buy a first home through the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) or to finance your education through the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP).

How do I use my RRSPs to buy my first home?

You can withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP through the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP). This means that couples can withdraw a total of $50,000 for a downpayment on a property. You can fund your downpayment without being taxed immediately, and take up to 15 years to pay back what you withdraw, interest-free. You’re basically lending yourself the money!

Learn more about the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP).

How do I use my RRSPs to go back to school?

The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) lets you take money out of an RRSP to return to school and pay it back later, without interest.

The annual limit for the LLP is $10,000. You can even use your RRSP to pay for your spouse's education (although it cannot be used to finance your child's education).

Learn more about the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP).

What should I do if I have a group RRSP or an account with an external broker?

If you contribute to a group RRSP, contact your employer or the entity administering your RRSP (e.g., National Bank Trust or an external broker).

Can I contribute to my spouse's RRSP?

Absolutely. For example, if you are over age 71 and can no longer contribute to your own RRSP, you can still contribute to your spouse's RRSP until the end of the year they turn 71.

Remember that the total amount you contribute to your RRSP and your spouse's cannot exceed your personal contribution limit.

Learn more about how to reduce your tax bill after retirement.


TFSA

What is a TFSA?

TFSA is a government-registered account that allows you to grow your savings tax-free, whatever your annual income.

What are the advantages of a TFSA?

With a TFSA, you can:

  • Invest in a tax-sheltered vehicle
  • Pay no interest on withdrawals
  • Carry forward unused contribution room to the next year
  • Save for medium or long-term projects

A TFSA also allows you to continue to save for retirement after you turn 71 or have maxed out your RRSP contributions.

How much can I contribute to my TFSA each year?

The contribution limit for 2018 is $5,500. You can contribute up to $57,5003 if you have unused contribution room from previous years. See table below for details.

Year

Annual contribution room

2009

$5,000

2010

$5,000

2011

$5,000

2012

$5,000

2013

$5,500

2014

$5,500

2015

$10,000

2016

$5,500

2017

$5,500

2018

$5,500

Total

$57,500

What types of investment can be placed in a TFSA?

There are three main categories of eligible investments:

  1. Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC)
  2. Managed solutions and investment funds
  3. Self-directed investments managed through a platform like National Bank Direct Brokerage

Need more information? Consult our page on TFSAs.

What is the minimum age for contributing to a TFSA? What about the maximum age?

All Canadian residents over the age of 18 can open a TFSA. Under 18? Put your money in a high-interest savings account or an RESP.

Unlike RRSPs, TFSAs have no age limit for contributing and your plan never expires. It's there for life!

Can I have more than one TFSA?

Yes, you can have multiple TFSAs. However, your annual contribution limit applies to all your funds, unless you have unused contribution room.

Are TFSA contributions tax-deductible?

No. Your TFSA contributions do not reduce your taxable income.

However, you won't pay any taxes on your investment income. What's more, withdrawals are not taxed and do not affect your eligibility for certain government programs (an advantage if you're in a lower tax bracket).

What happens if I overcontribute?

If you make contributions in excess of the authorized limit, you will be required to pay 1% tax per month on that amount.

N.B.: If you withdraw funds then make another deposit the same year, you may exceed the contribution limit and be required to pay a penalty.

Are TFSA withdrawals taxed?

No. The amounts you withdraw from your TFSA are not taxable. Another great benefit!

How do I withdraw from my TFSA?

You can withdraw funds at any time, for any reason, as permitted by the investments you hold.

Transfer funds between your accounts via your online bank. You can also make an appointment with an advisor for personalized assistance.

Can I contribute to my spouse's TFSA?

No. The account holder is the only person who can make contributions and withdrawals and decide how the funds in the TFSA should be invested.

You can give money to your spouse so they can make a TFSA contribution, but this amount and any income it generates will belong to your spouse.4


RESP

What is an RESP?

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a tax-sheltered government-registered plan that lets you save for a child's post-secondary education.

You can also grow your savings by 20% to 40% thanks to grants like the Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG).

What are the advantages of an RESP?

With an RESP, you can:

  • Save up for the education of a child
  • Grow your savings thanks to government grants deposited directly in the account
  • Recover your savings if the child decides not to pursue their education

What is the maximum annual contribution to an RESP?

The maximum contribution is $50,000 per beneficiary for the duration of the plan. The Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG) can add up to $500 a year, or 20% of the first $2,500 contributed.

Don't forget that unused grants can be carried forward starting from the year the child was born or 1998 (whichever is later). You can carry forward one grant per year, up to a total of $1,000 in grants per year.

Reached your contribution limit? Keep saving in a TFSA.

By what age must the child withdraw funds from the RESP?

Your RESP is valid for 35 years from the time it's opened. The maximum contribution period is 31 years.

For more information on withdrawals, visit our page on using your RESP.

Are RESP withdrawals taxed?

The payments made from an RESP to the beneficiary are called Educational Assistance Payments (EAPs). EAPs are considered income that the beneficiary must declare.

If the beneficiary decides not to pursue postsecondary studies, the contributor can withdraw the funds contributed and the interest paid, but any grants will have to be repaid. You can transfer these funds to an RRSP to continue saving tax-free.

For more information on withdrawals, visit our page on using your RESP.

How do I start withdrawing from my RESP?

Make an appointment with an advisor to determine the best withdrawal strategy for your situation.

Be sure to bring proof that the beneficiary is enrolled in postsecondary studies, like a letter of admission or registration, class schedule or tuition bill.

My child has chosen not to pursue their education. What should I do with the RESP?

You have two options:

  • Designate another beneficiary
  • Close the RESP

For an individual RESP, you can appoint a new beneficiary. If it's a family RESP, the other beneficiaries can use the contributions.

If you close the RESP, grants will have to be repaid to the government, but your contributions and the income generated in the RESP will return to you. You can transfer these funds to an RRSP to continue saving tax-free.

How can I maximize my RESP?

To optimize your RESP savings, start early so you save as much as possible before the funds are withdrawn. Ideally, you should open an RESP as soon as the child is born.

You can also take advantage of the government grants offered in your province. Make an appointment with an advisor to find out how to make the most of this plan and choose the best investments for your investor profile.

See our advice on maximizing your RESP savings.

What grants can I get for an RESP?

Different grants are available depending on your province and income.

Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)

  • Maximum amount: $7,200 over the lifetime of the plan for each child born after 1997.
  • Beneficiary age limit: 17 years old.
  • Grants are equivalent to 20-40% of annual contributions (based on family income), up to a maximum of $500 per year per beneficiary.
  • Unused grants can be carried over at a rate of one per year (up to a total of $1,000 in grants per year).
  • You can only claim one year's worth of unused grants at a time. This means that the maximum annual contribution eligible for grants is $5,000. This contribution will earn you the maximum grant of $500 for the current year and $500 of unused grants from a previous year.

Canada Learning Bond (CLB)

  • Maximum amount: $2,000.
  • Beneficiary age limit: 15 years old.
  • Grant for children from low-income families born after 2004.
  • $500 paid in the first year and $100 paid in subsequent years where the family meets income criteria.

Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI)

  • Maximum amount (received as a tax credit): $3,600.
  • Beneficiary age limit: 18 years old.
  • The basic amount is equivalent to 10% of net annual contributions to the plan, up to $250 per child per year.

Other provincial education savings incentives

Certain other provinces, including Saskatchewan and British Columbia, offer additional grants.


Other plans

What are LIRAs and LIFs?

locked-in retirement account (LIRA) allows you to transfer the funds accumulated in a former employer’s pension plan to an individual, tax-sheltered plan. In general, you can't make contributions or withdraw funds before retirement.

life income fund (LIF) acts as an extension of your locked-in retirement account (LIRA) or supplemental pension plan. Funds transferred to a LIF are sheltered from tax and can be withdrawn to provide retirement income.

What is a RRIF?

A Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) acts as an extension of your RRSP. The savings in your RRSP are transferred to a RRIF after retirement.

You can then make periodic withdrawals, which are considered taxable income. The main advantage of a RRIF is that your remaining balance continues to grow tax-free.

If I quit my job, what happens to my pension plan or fund with my former employer?

You have several options:

  • Transfer the funds to a locked-in retirement account (LIRA). When you retire, the funds can be transferred to a life income fund (LIF) so you can make withdrawals.
  • Transfer the funds to your new employer's pension plan.
  • Leave the funds in your former employer's pension plan and receive a pension after retirement.

Investment solutions


Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs)

What is a GIC?

A GIC is a guaranteed investment certificate. It's a low-risk investment with terms ranging from 30 days to 10 years. You will receive fixed or variable interest on your investment, depending on which option you have select.

The main advantage of a GIC is that your initial investment is guaranteed at maturity.

What's the difference between a redeemable and non-redeemable GIC?

Redeemable GICs can be cashed in before maturity. This means your funds can be accessed as needed, although the interest rate is slightly lower than that of a non-redeemable GIC.

With non-redeemable GICs, you'll need to wait until the end of the term to access funds. However, they offer a more attractive interest rate.

Learn about all our redeemable and non-redeemable GICs.

Should I choose a fixed rate or a market-linked rate?

A fixed rate is established at the start and doesn't change. This means that the return on your GIC is known from the start.

A market-linked rate can go up or down, because it's tied to the performance of stocks and stock market indices. It lets you enjoy the growth potential of the markets while protecting your initial investment.

What's the difference between simple and compound interest?

Simple interest is calculated on your initial investment only. This means interest is paid throughout the term.

Compound interest is calculated on your initial investment plus the interest generated, maximizing the return on your GIC.

My GIC is maturing soon. How do I renew it?

To renew a GIC, contact your advisor to receive personalized support or book an appointment with an advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

What is a GIC laddering strategy?

In general, the longer the term of your guaranteed investment certificate (GIC), the higher your interest rate. However, you will not be able to access your funds until maturity.

GIC laddering is an investment strategy that means you can access some of your funds each year while enjoying an attractive average rate. It's the best of both worlds!

Learn more about GIC laddering.

How do I withdraw funds from my GIC?

Contact us:

If you have a redeemable GIC, you can cash in your investment before maturity in accordance with certain conditions.

If you have a non-redeemable GIC, you'll have to wait until the investment matures.


Managed solutions and investment funds

What's the difference between NBI Portfolios and NBI Funds?

NBI Funds5 are investment funds offered by National Bank Investments Inc. (NBI). They pool funds from many investors, which are then invested across different asset classes subject to market fluctuations and managed by world‑class portfolio managers.

NBI Portfolios are made up of investment funds offered by National Bank Investments Inc. (NBI). These well-diversified investments, designed to reduce risk while maximizing returns, are managed by some of the world's top portfolio managers.

Who manages NBI Portfolios and NBI Funds?

National Bank Investments is the leading bank-affiliated asset manager in Canada. We do business exclusively with external portfolio managers selected to meet our standards of excellence. You'll benefit from the expertise of some of the world's top portfolio managers, whose performance is rigorously assessed.

Learn more about our multi‑manager approach.

Why should I invest in an NBI Fund?

NBI Funds are available as a stand-alone solution or as a complementary investment. With an NBI Fund, you can:

  • Leverage the expertise of some of the world's top portfolio managers.
  • Select a fund based on such factors as its risk level and potential return.

Make systematic investments in your funds, i.e., invest small amounts regularly rather than a large lump sum.

Why should I choose NBI Private Wealth Management?

NBI Private Wealth Management is a premium discretionary portfolio management service. You can count on our team of professionals to make informed decisions so you and your family can enjoy peace of mind.

With NBI Private Wealth Management, you can:

  • Invest $250,000 or more (as an individual or as a family)
  • Access exclusive benefits
  • Draw on the expertise of seasoned portfolio managers

Enjoy degressive service charges (the more you invest, the less you pay)

What are cash solutions?

Cash solutions are short-term investments that allow you to immediately access your funds. Your investment in a High Interest Savings Account or investment fund will earn interest at a competitive rate.

Learn more on our cash solutions page.

What type of income do NBI Funds generate?

When you invest in an NBI Fund, our experts will allocate your investment to a range of securities (stocks, bonds and money market instruments), based on that fund's investment policy. These investments can generate dividends, interest income or capital gains.

Tip: T3 slips (and RL-16 slips for Quebec residents) produced for each fund are in Canadian dollars, as required by the Canada Revenue Agency.

How are NBI Funds taxed?

Distributions paid into your registered accounts (RRSPRRIFRESPLIFLIRADPSP) are not taxable as long as they remain in the account.

For non-registered accounts, income and capital gains are taxed differently. Interest income is taxed in the same way as employment income. Dividend income from Canadian companies entitles you to an income tax credit that will reduce your taxable income. Capital gains are only taxed at 50% of their value.

Need more information? NBI Funds generate additional T3 slips (and RL-16 slips for Quebec residents) that set out all the information you need for your tax return.

I'm not a resident of Canada. Will I receive a tax slip?

You won't receive a T3 or RL-16 tax slip. Instead, you'll get an additional NR4 slip setting out your taxable distributions. Depending on your country of residence, National Bank Investments Inc. will withhold 15% to 25% of your distribution for income taxes. Capital gains distributions and capital returns are not taxable

Distributions paid are shown in box 16, "Gross income." Income taxes withheld on the distribution by National Bank Investments Inc. and paid to the Canada Revenue Agency are shown in box 17. These income taxes can usually be deducted from the income tax payable in your country of residence.
For more information, contact your tax advisor.

Which NBI Portfolio should I choose?

First, find out your investor profile. This will help you determine which of the six NBI Portfolios best matches your goals and risk tolerance.

Need more information? Rely on our expert advisors to find the right portfolio for you. Make an appointment today.

Which NBI Fund is best for me?

It depends on your needs and investment goals. Determine your investor profile and the associated investment options.

An advisor can help you find the NBI Fund that's right for you. Make an appointment today.

How risky are NBI Funds and NBI Portfolios?

NBI Funds and NBI Portfolios offer various options depending on your risk tolerance and priorities: stable returns, access to funds, capital security and more. Some are higher risk than others.

Determine your investor profile to pinpoint your risk tolerance so you can make an informed decision.

You can also make an appointment with an advisor for suggestions tailored to your needs.

How much are my NBI Funds worth?

You can check the value of your NBI Funds via your new online bank from Overview in the left-hand menu.

You can also call us at 1-888-483-5628.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm looking to invest more than $250,000. What services can you offer me?

If you have significant personal wealth, NBI Private Wealth Management or Private Banking 1859 are good options

NBI Private Wealth Management is a premium discretionary portfolio management service that's ideal for people looking to invest $250,000 or more (as an individual or as a family). It allows you to access exclusive benefits, draw on the expertise of seasoned portfolio managers and enjoy degressive service charges (the more you invest, the less you pay).

Private Banking 1859, intended for high-net-worth clients, offers made-to-measure private banking to help you manage your personal wealth.

Managing your savings

Should I save, or pay off my debt?

To determine if you're better off saving or paying off debts, you'll need to draw up an overview of your financial situation and plans. Next, you should consider what types of debt and investments you have. In general, if the return on an investment is lower than the interest rate on a debt, you should prioritize paying off the debt.

Learn more about managing your debts.

How much can I save?

Think about your goal and time frame—retirement savings? A trip? You decide!

Next, use the MyIdea tool to see how much you should save each week or each month to meet your goal.

How often should I invest?

It can be hard to free up the funds to make a lump-sum contribution or remember to set aside money on a regular basis. A systematic savings plan is a solution that lets you save without effort.

You can set up automatic transfers weekly, monthly, or every time you get paid—whatever is most convenient for you.

What is a systematic savings plan?

systematic savings plan lets you set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account. It's as easy as paying your bills!

Just decide if you'd rather transfer your funds to a savings account, an RRSP, an RESP or a TFSA, then choose a transfer amount and frequency.

How do I change my systematic savings contributions?

To increase your contribution amount, date or frequency or account, call us at 1-888-483-5628 or visit a branch.

Why can't I see my investments online?

We update data between 8:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. during the week and throughout the weekend. These updates may affect the accounts displayed on your online bank.

Try again later in the day. All your information should be displayed.

You can also call us at 1-888-483-5628.

How do I cancel an online investment transaction?

Call us at 1‑888‑483‑5628 to cancel an investment transaction.

What information can I find in my portfolio statements and annual reports?

Consult your portfolio statements to monitor your portfolio's performance, see your asset allocation and view detailed information on your investments.

What about annual reports? Your performance report shows the return on your investments, while the fees and compensation report summarizes amounts collected directly or indirectly by National Bank for its advice and services rendered.

When will I receive my annual reports and my portfolio statements?

Annual reports are issued on December 31 each year.

Your portfolio statements are issued quarterly, i.e., every three months.

I don't understand my annual investment reports. Could you explain?

Annual reports are simpler than they look! Follow the step-by-step instructions on the annual investment reports page.

I don't understand my portfolio statement. Could you explain?

To learn more about this document, check out our detailed explanation of each section of your portfolio statement.

I've come into an inheritance. What should I do?

First of all, think about whether you should accept it. If you accept an estate with more debt than assets, you can be held liable for the debt owed by the estate.

If you do decide to accept it, don't make any snap decisions. Make an appointment with an advisor so you can decide what to do with the money based on your goals and situation.

Learn more about managing an inheritance.

Estate planning


Leaving an inheritance

When should I plan my estate?

Are you buying a home, getting married, having a child, or facing another milestone?

Live for the moment, but remember to plan for the future: update your last will and testament whenever you acquire new assets or your family expands.

Learn about leaving an inheritance.

Why is estate planning important?

There are many reasons to plan your estate:

  • To protect you in case of incapacity
  • To distribute your assets and prevent any misunderstanding on your death
  • To cover funeral expenses
  • To ensure your wishes are respected
  • To find the best tax strategies for your heirs

Learn about leaving an inheritance.

How do I plan my estate?

First, get in touch with a Financial Planner, who will help you plan your estate and assess tax impacts.

They will also help you answer three key questions:

  1. Who do you want to leave your assets to?
  2. Are you protected in case of incapacity?
  3. Who will you appoint to execute your estate?

For more information, read about will planning.