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Retirement

Continuing care in Alberta

Learn about the continuing care options available in Alberta and how to plan for your long-term needs.

What is a locked-in account, and why would I have one?

Information about locked-in registered retirement savings plans, including how you can use them and what types of funds are transferred into them.

Understanding Registered Retirement Income Funds

Uncover the subtle differences between RRIFs and RRSPs and identify which may be a better fit for you and your retirement goals.

How to test drive your retirement plans

When you plan your retirement, think about how you will spend your days, what your succession plan will be and what the ideal future looks like for you and your partner.

Understanding the basics of the OAS program

Answers to commonly asked questions about Old Age Security (OAS), the government of Canada’s largest pension program.

Canada Pension Plan, understanding the basics

Understanding the benefits of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), how contributions work, what you need to know about the CPP retirement pension, and recent enhancements to the CPP.

Education

A financial back to school checklist

As school starts this fall, here is a list of financial considerations, including your budget and education savings plan.

Understanding RESP options in Alberta

Learn about RESPs: how much you can contribute, what government grants provide, and what happens if your child doesn'tt attend a post secondary institution.

What do I need to set up an RESP?

There are 3 basic documents needed to set up an RESP. Learn what they are so you can be prepared and make the process quick and easy.

What do you need to withdraw money from an RESP

In order to withdraw funds from your RESP you'll need to complete some steps for validation. Read through as we uncover what these steps entail.

Maximize Your RESP Contributions

Take advantage of the government grant that matches up to 20% on your contributions to an RESP and learn about carry-forward room for missed contributions.

Estates

The importance of will and estate planning

Creating a will and estate plan protects you, your estate and your loved ones, while you are living as well as upon your death.

When should you have an estate plan in place?

Being prepared with a proper estate plan that includes distribution of assets and your care wishes is important for all ages and stages of life.

Choosing the right guardian for your child

When naming a guardian for your child in your will, you will need to consider their values, financial situation, location and age.

How to develop an estate plan

Steps to take to develop your estate plan, including assessing your current financial situation, setting goals and engaging with the right experts.

Four guidelines for discussing wealth transfer with your children

It's not always easy to discuss, but here are four guidelines for having a conversation about wealth transfer with your children. 

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Charitable giving and estate planning

Learn how to structure your giving to best benefit you and the cause you want to support to create a lasting legacy.

Planned Philanthropic Giving Guide

A comprehensive guide for anyone contemplating meaningful charitable giving.

Tax and Protection

Your 2020 personal tax return: COVID-19 benefits and tax planning

If you received benefits related to COVID-19, you should be aware of the tax implications and requirements for reporting when completing your tax filings.

Home office expenses, automobile benefits for 2020 tax return

Information about how working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 could impact your 2020 personal tax return.

Tax and investment planning tips for 2020 year end

With 2020 soon coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about year-end tax and investment planning. 

Understanding Alberta’s 2021 eligible dividend tax rate change

Alberta residents should expect a tax increase for eligible dividends in 2021. Here are the details.

Understanding your personal taxes in Alberta

An overview of how to calculate your personal tax rate, including basic tax concepts and how the amount of tax you pay is determined.

Prescribed rate loans: an income splitting opportunity

How you can use a prescribed rate loan for transferring income from a higher income-earning family member to a lower income-earning family member, such as a spouse.

Investing and Saving

The ATB Wealth Investing Fundamentals Guide

Grow your knowledge of investing and increase your confidence around managing your money.

RRSP and TFSA information for 2021

Important information about contributing to your RRSP or TFSA in 2021.

3 ways diversification can help protect your portfolio

Having your capital invested across multiple asset classes, countries and sectors will better protect your portfolio from sharp volatility.

What you need to know about online trading platforms

Here are the top three things to keep in mind when you’re considering managing your investment account on your own through an online investment platform.

The value of having a financial plan

Creating a personalized financial plan will help you stay on the right path to reach your financial and lifestyle goals.

Four things to remember during market volatility

Here are four things to remember to help you beat the uncomfortable feelings and manage your investments (as objectively as possible) during periods of market volatility.

What is investing versus speculating?

What is speculation in the investment world? What is the difference between speculating and investing?

Markets

The US election and your investments

Should investors react to major market events such as the recent US election when making investment decisions?

The pandemic, six months onward

Successful investing is driven by planning, discipline and patience. Four key tactics have helped us to weather the storm throughout 2020.

A tale of two quarters

In the first two quarters of 2020, investors witnessed both a sharp decline and a significant recovery. Here are a few important takeaways. 

The stock market and the economy

A review of what's happening in the energy sector and why the stock markets seem to be shrugging off those unsettling headlines and continuing to drive gains.

Common questions from investors during market turmoil

With market volatility high right now, here are a few questions investors may be asking.

Does market timing work?

Our best investing advice—because no one can perfectly time the markets.

Lifestyle

Gifting to adult children

When gifting to adult children, there are important questions to ask yourself and financial considerations to review.

Long-term considerations when buying a vacation property

Here are a few things you need to consider when making a decision about buying a vacation property.

Financial considerations when going through a divorce

When getting a divorce, here are steps you can take to stay on track with managing your money and assets and ensure you are reaching with your financial goals.

Tips for wealth planning for your lifestyle and goals

Make your money work for you now and in the future by finding a focus, planning for all stages in life and continuing to reassess your wealth plan.

Building a positive relationship with money

It doesn't matter how much money you make, with a little knowledge and practical tools, anyone can have a healthy relationship with money.

Advice for snowbirds

This checklist highlights some important things to keep in mind so you can keep your winter worry-free!

Insurance

How much life insurance do I need?

Use this assessment and article to guide you through understanding your lifestyle protection needs. 

Applying for life insurance - what to expect

Applying for life insurance is an important step in preparing for the future, but it can feel overwhelming. Here's what to expect.

How to choose the right type of life insurance for you

Your specific life needs will help determine the right life insurance for you. Here we help you understand term, whole life and universal life insurance options.

Dispelling myths about life insurance

Dispelling common myths about life insurance to help you decide what insurance is best for you.

ATB Wealth experts are ready to listen.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced investor, we can help.

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