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Ask an advisor: Why work with an advisor?

Learn the benefits of working with an advisor to help build a financial plan for your future.

 

 


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Description: This animated video introduces two characters named Lauren and Amina and illustrated graphics to show how an advisor can help create a financial plan to reach your goals.

Text “Ask an advisor” appears. The camera zooms out as the text lands in an outlined square. “Why work with an advisor?” fades in below. An illustration of a handshake draws on the right side of the frame.

Lauren: I could buy my insurance and investments online. Why should I work with an advisor?

Description: Lauren sits outside at a café table with a lemonade in front of her.

Amina: My advisor sees the big picture of how all my finances fit together.

Description: Cut to show both Lauren and Amina sitting at the table.

Amina: I might miss something important doing it myself.

Description: The frame fades to reveal various graphics representing a new pet, life insurance, marriage, estate planning, new home, luxury car, speed boat, health coverage, travel and cottage.

Amina: There’s a plan to achieve all my goals,

Description: A line enters the frame to select Lauren’s goals: life insurance, a new home, health coverage and a cottage. All other graphics fade away.

Amina: even when new ones pop-up.

Description: The advisor’s hand moves into the frame to add a travel goal.

Amina: If something unexpected happens in the economy or the markets, I won’t freak out thinking I have to change or fix something.

Description: The line and goals move up and down to represent a shifting stock market.

Amina: My advisor updates me regularly, so I feel confident I’m on track.

Description: Amina’s hand moved into frame, holding her phone. A notification appears on her phone with a mail icon that reads: “New message.

Amina: With an advisor, my financial future is one less thing I need to worry about.

Description: Cut back to Amina sitting at the table, showing Lauren her phone.

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It can happen to you – Canada Life

Though most of us know someone who has suffered from a serious illness, we don’t think it can happen to us. Watch how a sudden diagnosis affected Sandra, and learn how you too can help minimize the financial risk.

 

Ask an advisor: RESP withdrawals

Learn about how to withdraw money from an RESP for a post-secondary student.

 

 


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Description: This animated video introduces an illustrated character Kim and her advisor to show how to withdraw money from an RESP for a child for post-secondary education.

Ask an advisor” appears. The camera zooms out as the text lands in an outlined square. “How do I withdraw money from an RESP?” fades in below. An illustration of a graduating student draws on the right side of the frame.

Kim: My oldest child will be ready to start post-secondary school soon.

Description: Kim talks on a cell phone in her living room while her son reads a book at a nearby table. Screen splits in half to include the advisor on the right half, sitting in an office.

Advisor: That’s great news!

Kim: How do we withdraw money from his registered education savings plan?

Description: Screen moves to full view of the advisor in her office.

Advisor: We’ll contact your RESP provider with proof that he’s enrolled in a qualified post-secondary educational program.

Description: Screen changes to circle with $5,000 in it. Above the circle, text that says 1 weeks starts to spin until it reads 13 weeks.

Advisor: Once you’ve done that, if he’s attending full time, the most you can withdraw is $5,000 during the first 13 weeks he’s enrolled.

Description: Text in circle changes to read $2,500. Above the circle, text changes to read part time.

Advisor: If he’s going part time that limit is $2,500.

Description: Text in circle changes to read Any amount. Above the circle, text changes to read After 13 weeks.

Advisor: After that, you can request withdrawals of any amount with no limit unless he takes a break from studies and doesn’t re-enrol within 12 months.

Description: A dollar sign in a circle appears on screen, then transitions to become one date on an illustration of a calendar. Screen transitions to Kim in her living room again.

Kim: What can we use the money for?

Description: Screen transitions to image opf Kim’s son in a school setting, then a bookstore, then an apartment.

Advisor: Tuition, textbooks, living expenses. Stuff like that.

Description: Screen transitions to Kim in her living room again.

Kim: And what if he decides not to go to post-secondary school?

Advisor: You have options, including moving the money that you put into the RESP to your registered retirement savings plan.

Description: Screen transitions to illustration of a piggybank with letters RESP under it, then money moving to another illustration of an easy chair with the letters RRSP under it.

Screen transitions to advisor in your office again.

Advisor: Once he’s firmed up his plans, let’s talk more about withdrawing the RESP money, including how those withdrawals will be taxed.

Description: Text – Let’s talk. Contact me today appears onscreen with the legal line: “Video produced by Canada Life. canadalife.com 1 888 252-1847."

Ask an advisor: Giving to charity using life insurance

Learn how giving to charity with life insurance lets you make your mark today and grow your impact for tomorrow.

 

 


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Description: Description: This animated video introduces a character named Bill and his advisor with illustrated graphics to show how you can give to charity using life insurance.

Text: Ask an advisor” appears. The camera zooms out as the text lands in an outlined square. “How can I give to charity using life insurance?” fades in below. An illustration of a hand holding a heart appears on the right side of the frame.

Bill: I want to use some of my money to support charities that are important to me. How can I do that?

Description: Bill and his advisor sit opposite one another in a room setting.

Advisor: There are lots of ways to give, but one way to enhance your donation is with life insurance.

Description: Screen transitions to an illustration of a life insurance policy.

Advisor: Your donation is the life insurance policy.

Description: The life insurance policy illustration moves to the left of the screen, and an illustration of stacks of coins appears to the right of it.

Advisor: When you die, the charity gets the payout on the policy which is generally larger than your original donation.

Description: The illustration of the stacks of coins gets larger than it was originally.

Bill: Would I still get a tax credit?

Description: Screen transitions to an illustration of Bill talking.

Advisor: Of course. One of two ways. If the charity is the policy owner and beneficiary, you’ll get a donation tax receipt for your premium payments from the registered charity.

Description: Screen transitions to 2 illustrations. To the left is an illustration of a hand holding a heart with text “Policyowner and beneficiary” below it. To the right is an illustration of a document and per cent sign with the text “Tax credit for premium payments” below it.

Advisor: Or, if the charity is the just the beneficiary, your estate gets a donation tax receipt when you die.

Screen transitions to 2 illustrations. To the left is an illustration of a hand holding a heart with text “Beneficiary” below it. To the right is an illustration of a document and per cent sign with the text “Donation tax receipt when you die” below it.

Bill: This sounds like a great way for me to make my mark today and grow my impact down the road.

Description: Screen transitions to Bill and his advisor sitting opposite in a room setting.

Advisor: Excellent. Let’s talk about using life insurance to support your favorite charity.

Description: Screen transitions to white background with text: Let’s talk about using life insurance to support your favorite charity.

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Ask an advisor: Mortgage or individual life insurance?

Find out why individual life insurance is your most flexible option to help protect your family financially when buying a home.

 

 


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Description: This animated video introduces a character named Aiko and her advisor with illustrated graphics to show the difference between mortgage insurance and life insurance.

Text “Ask an advisor” appears. The camera zooms out as the text lands in an outlined square. “Mortgage insurance or life insurance?” fades in below. An illustration of a shield with a checkmark draws on the right side of the frame.

Aiko: What’s better? Mortgage insurance or individual life insurance?

Description: Aiko appears in a video chat window on a computer screen. Her advisor’s head nods to the right of the frame.

Advisor: I’d always recommend individual life insurance.

Description: Cut to a split-screen of Aiko at home on the left and her advisor in his office on the right.

Advisor: With mortgage insurance, when you die, the money goes to the lender, and they use it only to pay down your mortgage.

Description: An illustration of home draws into the frame. The home moves over to the left and an arrow animates in, pointing towards a box labelled “Mortgage.”

Advisor: As well, your premium payments stay the same while the balance of your mortgage and your insurance coverage decreases.

Description: Cut to a line graph labelled “Mortgage insurance” showing coverage over 10 to 50 years. The coverage decreases over time. The advisor’s hand enters the frame and draws a straight line from the top of the coverage to 50 years, dollar signs pop in to show payments. The camera zooms out to show a line graph of “Individual insurance” where the coverage and payments stay the same.

Advisor: But with individual life insurance, you decide who receives the money and how it’s used. It could be to pay off the mortgage. But it could also pay off other debt, or fund an education or a retirement plan.

Description: An illustration of a shield draws into the frame. A dotted line connects the shield to four boxes labelled “Mortgage,” “Debt,” “Education” and “Retirement.”

Advisor: You also get to say how long your coverage lasts – for a short term or for your lifetime, even after your mortgage is paid.

Description: Cut to bar graph displaying the length of insurance coverage from “Present” to “Lifetime.” The advisor’s hand moves into frame, adjusting the bar from 10 years to lifetime coverage.

Advisor: That’s just a couple of the ways individual life insurance gives you more choice and flexibility in how you protect yourself and your loved ones.

Description: Cut back to the split-screen of Aiko and her advisor.

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Ask an advisor: What is inflation?

Learn about inflation and how it impacts your financial plan.

 

 


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Description: This animated video introduces a character named Sarah and her advisor with illustrated graphics to explain inflation.

Text: Ask an advisor: What is inflation?

Description: An illustration of a bar graph with an upwards arrow draws into the frame.

Sarah: I’ve been hearing a lot about inflation. Should I be worried?

Description: Sarah sits in the advisor’s office. The advisor nods his head and smiles. His laptop sits on the desk between them.

Advisor: One of the best reasons to have a financial plan is to help you manage inflation.

Description: Cut to a medium shot of the advisor gesturing with his hands.

Advisor: Inflation is the gradual rise in the prices for all the goods and services you buy,

Description: A stack of coins is shown. Two coins roll into the frame and are added to the stack.

Advisor: including groceries, transportation and maybe your spring break vacation.

Description: Illustrations appear: a paper bag of food for groceries, a gas pump for transportation and an airplane for vacation.

Advisor: While we hope prices won’t go up, some inflation is the sign of a growing, thriving economy.

Description: A coin from the stack starts to roll along a line. The coin continues to roll as the line grows to a peak and then dips downward. Text “1-3% per year” appears onscreen.

Advisor: That’s because it encourages consumers to spend money now, rather than later when the price could be higher.

Description: More coins fall into the frame.

Advisor: But inflation can be a problem if your pay cheque can’t keep up.

Description: The camera pans downward to large text that compares a “1% raise” to “3% inflation.” A hand holding a pay cheque moves into the frame.

Advisor: Over time, you may not be able to afford to purchase as much as you previously did, lowering your standard of living.

Description: The illustrations of groceries, transportation and vacation return. Dollar signs flow outwards from each.

Advisor: This is especially important in retirement when your income may be more fixed and not able to grow with inflation.

Description: A graph appears. A straight dotted line labelled “Fixed income” draws into the frame. A second line draws in an upward motion, showing rising inflation.

Sarah: Oh, that makes sense!

Description: The camera zooms out of the graph to reveal the advisor’s laptop and Sarah in his office.

Advisor: Let’s talk about how you can create a financial plan with inflation in mind.

Description: The advisor gestures towards his screen, Sarah smiles.

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Affordable coverage when you need it 

Term life insurance helps you meet short-term protection needs over a set period of time. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a cost-efficient way to cover large debt for a specific term – for example, a mortgage. 

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