I’ll help you build a personalized financial security plan. Financial security planning is about more than just retirement planning – it’s about building a financial strategy that considers your immediate needs and your long-term goals and dreams.
I was born in Labrador, Newfoundland and moved to London, Ontario with my parents at age 11. I worked in London in manufacturing and engineering for more than 20 years before entering the financial sector. My decision to enter into financial services came about through my long personal interest in the markets, as well as witnessing how sound planning (or lack of it) could have a profound effect on individuals, families and businesses. My goal is to help my clients achieve a more financially secure future. What I have found, is that quite often it is the small changes that make the biggest impact.
I volunteer with several organizations including my church, The London Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Achievement. My interests include ballroom and Latin dancing, and I have competed in several dance competitions across Ontario with my wife, Kristen.
Financial security planning is about more than just retirement planning; it’s about building a financial strategy that considers your immediate needs and your long-term goals and dreams.
Using the Canada Life security planning process, I’ll:
- Help you define what financial freedom means to you
- Help analyze your current situation, goals and dreams
- Help identify any roadblocks to achieving your goals
- Work with you to build a financial security plan that considers your short and long-term goals
- Regularly review your financial security plan, ensuring it evolves with your changing needs
Four cornerstones of financial security planning
Whether your goals are long-term (such as retirement) or more immediate (such as starting a business or saving for a child’s education), I can help you build a financial strategy tailored to your needs and those of your family. In developing your financial security plan, we’ll consider the four cornerstones of financial security planning:
- Financial security at death
- When you die, how can you help safeguard your estate for your family?
- How much income will your family need?
- How will inflation affect this income?
- Would you like to retire early or reduce the time you spend working?
- When you retire, what type of lifestyle do you envision?
- How much income will you need to retire comfortably?
- How will inflation affect this income?
- Do you have access to cash or liquid assets (i.e. assets that can be easily converted to cash)?
- Disability and critical illness
- How would a critical illness or disability affect your income?
- Would a reduced income affect your retirement savings and would this reduction affect your lifestyle?
- How much disability or critical illness insurance coverage is enough?
- If you become critically ill or disabled and take time off work, how will inflation affect your income?
- If you become critically ill or disabled, will provisions in your group plan allow you to continue saving for your retirement?
I want to understand your needs, recognizing they may change as you proceed through life’s stages.
As you start your career, you may want to:
- Purchase life and disability insurance to cover your income or protect your ability to earn an income
- Purchase term life insurance or critical illness insurance as a cost-effective way to cover an outstanding mortgage or debt
- Purchase health and dental insurance coverage if your employer does not offer a group benefits plan
Having children changes your life and your needs. Now is a good time to:
- Review your financial security plan
- Plan for your children’s education with options such as registered education saving plans (RESPs)
If you own your own business, you may want to:
- Consider business continuation, buy/sell agreement funding and key person insurance as part of your business planning
- Buy insurance to help cover outstanding business loans or mortgages if you die or suffer from critical illness
- Purchase a health and dental insurance plan
- Consider group insurance options for your employees
If you are retired or plan to retire soon:
- Insurance can help supplement your income and can help you leave a legacy
- Health and dental insurance coverage can take over if your benefits through your employer end upon retirement