Save For The Future

​Saving and Investment Planning
It's never too early to start putting money aside for your financial goals; whether you are saving for a short- or long-term goals, like a vacation or or a child's education. With steady inflation causing rising costs in all sectors including, education costs. Post-secondary education costs are estimated to go up drastically over the next ten years. There are many different types of investments that can help you save for your goals or for a child's post-secondary education.

Term Deposits

This type of investment guarantees you a set return on your money over a fixed period of time, which can be very beneficial when saving for a specific date in the future.  There are short and long term deposits.  Short term deposits usually require a higher investment than long term deposits, and often have a slightly lower rate of return.  Term deposits pay out interest monthly on any term longer than  90 days.

Mutual Funds

This type of investment is a bit more complicated than a term deposit.  The potential exists to make more money; however, a return is never guaranteed.  Even with a mutual fund that invests in guaranteed government bonds there is an element of risk.  There are usually fees involved in purchasing or selling funds, and there are often management fees involved.  The important thing is to investigate before you invest. 

Contact Qtrade Asset Management Inc. at Summerland Financial Services Ltd. and let them help you create a mutual fund portfolio that matches your future investment goals.  Remember that the key to investing towards a post-secondary education is to start as early as possible and make sure that your investment will help you achieve your specific final objective.

*Mutual funds are offered through Qtrade Asset Management Inc.

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What Is an RESP?

Registered Education Savings Plans are set up through the Federal Government to help people save for their children's educations. By putting money away each year, you can ensure that your child will have money available for post-secondary school. A family can set up a plan in which one or more of their children are listed as beneficiaries. It's also important to note that anyone can contribute to an RESP, not just the parents of the child.

While they are not tax deductible like RRSPs, RESPs do offer some tax benefits. Interest earned on an RESP is tax-free, and when your child starts using the money for school only the accumulated interest is taxable as income. 

There are also government education grants like the BCTESG and the CESG available to help supplement education savings. Contact Summerland Credit Union if you want to learn more about all the savings vehicles available to you, including RESPs.