Managed solutions are a straightforward way to reduce the amount of time you spend on your investments. These are investment portfolios made up of a diverse mix of funds invested in equities, fixed income, cash and other assets. Professional portfolio managers steer the portfolio through shifting market conditions and help protect against extreme market swings.
Your workplace pension gives you advantages that can help you save more so you can retire on your terms. It helps bridge the gap between your personal savings and what you need for your retirement. In some cases, your employer may match a portion of what you contribute.
Segregated funds invest in a variety of stocks and bonds. They’re different than mutual funds. They offer unique protection features that are only available through insurance companies. They’re a great way to save for your retirement and investment goals.
Income annuities can help you step into retirement with the certainty of a steady income stream. It’s a simple way to turn a portion of your savings into regular income – for a fixed period or the rest of your life. You can put a portion of your retirement savings, like your RRSP, into an annuity.
Mutual funds allow you to invest in a portfolio of assets that are managed by professionals. They let you diversify your portfolio more widely than you may be able to do when investing in individual stocks and bonds on your own, and together we can select a fund that gives you the right balance of risk and reward for your financial plan.
Learn about market volatility, how it impacts your investments, and how you can manage it.
Description: This animated video introduces a character named Tim and his advisor with illustrated graphics to show how market volatility can impact your imvestments and how to manage it.
Text: Ask an advisor” appears. The camera zooms out as the text lands in an outlined square. “How does market volatility affect my investments?” fades in below. An illustration of a bar graph draws on the right side of the frame.
Tim: There seems to be lots of ups and downs in the markets these days. What’s that mean for my investments?
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Advisor: Some market volatility is the sign of a normal, healthy market.
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Advisor: I know big declines in the market can make you question your investment plan.
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Advisor: But, history has shown that when the market does fall, it eventually comes back even stronger.
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Advisor: And that can be good for your investments in the long run.
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Tim: Are there things I can do to prepare for volatility?
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Advisor: There are – some you’re already doing.
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Advisor: Like having an investment plan. Staying focused on your long-term goals. And understanding your tolerance for investment risk.
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Advisor: Let’s talk about other strategies to help you manage market volatility.
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Learn how to save more money for your retirement by earning return on your contributions.
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Narrator: When it comes to saving.
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Narrator: Your contributions aren’t the only way your investments can grow.
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Narrator: You can also count on the returns on those contributions.
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Narrator: Both your contributions and any earnings get reinvested.
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Narrator: Then anything you earn on that money is reinvested.
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Narrator: And anything you earn on that money is reinvested.
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Narrator: You’re making earnings on your earnings.
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Narrator: This pattern is called compounding.
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Narrator: If you contribute to your savings monthly,
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Narrator: watch how a 5% annual return on your investment.
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Narrator: will grow over 10, 15, 20 years and so on.
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Narrator: With compounding, you make so much more.
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Narrator: The longer your money is invested, the more you earn over time.
Description: Camera pans to show total earnings of $203,729 over 20 years as a large number. Small text appears underneath: “$500 monthly with 5% annual earnings.”
Narrator: The key is to start saving early and maintain a long-term focus.
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Narrator: An extra five years of saving and earning can make a big difference.
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Narrator: So start investing now through your group retirement and savings plan.
Description: Cut to Tamira 5 years later, sitting on the patio of a coffee shop, looking at her phone.
Narrator: Make regular contributions and avoid taking money out.
Description: She receives a notification from her banking application that $500 has been sent to her savings plan.
Narrator: Then watch compounding help your money grow.
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Narrator: It’s an easy and powerful way to save for your future.
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Narrator: Sign into GRS Access at canadalife.com.
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All investments have risk, just some more than others. Manage your exposure by diversifying your investments across different levels of risk within your plan.
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Narrator: What kind of investor are you? Adventurous. Cautious. In between.
Description: She opens her cupboard and places three types of hot sauce on the shelf: hot, mild then medium in between.
Narrator: These are just some ways to express your comfort with investment risk.
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Narrator: All investments have risk, some more than others.
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Narrator: One way to reduce risk is through diversification.
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Narrator: That means spreading your money around in various investments.
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Narrator: That way, if the market changes for one investment, you have other investments to keep you balanced.
Description: The investment in the middle becomes smaller and the risk level increases. The other two investments adjust to a lower risk to accommodate.
Narrator: If you think diversifying your investments is complicated, it doesn’t have to be.
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Narrator: This is where an asset allocation fund comes in.
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Narrator: An asset allocation fund automatically spreads your money amongst several funds, so they help manage risk.
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Narrator: You can choose from three different types of asset allocation funds.
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Narrator: Target date funds are based on the year you expect to retire.
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Narrator: Target risk funds are based on your comfort with risk.
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Narrator: Risk-adjusted target date funds are based both on the year you want to retire and your comfort with risk.
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Narrator: Not sure how comfortable you are with risk?
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Narrator: Our investment personality questionnaire can help you figure that out.
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Narrator: Now you can have a diversified investment portfolio that fits your needs and helps you reach your savings goals.
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Narrator: Sign into GRS Access at canadalife.com
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