Consider the following facts:
- 40% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetime
- In 2005, cardiovascular disease (heart disease, diseases of the blood vessels and stroke) accounted for 31% of all deaths in Canada
Advances in medical science means that you have a better chance of surviving a critical illness. However, a critical illness often is accompanied by a huge financial burden to you and your family.
Did you know …
- The average cost of treatment with newer cancer drugs is $65,000
- 75% of cancer drugs taken at home cost more than $20,000 annually
Not all Canadians are insured for these costs. For cancer patients without adequate insurance protection, these costs can be devastating.
Be financially prepared. Increase your chances of successfully dealing with a critical illness.
Information provided by BMO Insurance
By Brenda Spiering, Editor, BrighterLife.ca
You don’t need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to build wealth. With the right products, you can grow and protect a healthy nest egg.
Here are five key financial products that should be part of your plan:
1. Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
As soon as you begin your working life, you should have a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). It’s one of the most tax effective ways to save for retirement. You’re allowed to contribute up to 18% of your earned income from the previous year to a maximum of $22,450 for 2011. (If you’re a member of a group pension plan, your contribution room is reduced by your “pension adjustment,” an amount you’ll find listed on your T4.)
Contributions are tax deductible, meaning you can net a tidy tax refund while building your savings. Plus, you can turbo charge your RRSP savings by putting that tax refund back into your RRSP as soon as you receive your cheque.