Claudia Weisser FMA, CIM®

Senior Investment Advisor

Tools and Calculators

Financial Planning

Cash Flow
Get a better idea of where your money goes by creating a personal cash flow statement.

Net Worth
Calculate what you own and what you owe - an important step in planning your financial future.

Your Investor Profile
Understanding yourself as an investor is important when creating an effective investment portfolio.

Education Planning

Start Education Planning Now
See how saving early can make a significant difference.

Tax Benefits of an RESP
Discover how tax sheltered growth in an RESP can build a post-secondary school education fund for your children.


Retirement Planning

Inflation & Retirement Income
Estimate how much more income you will need at retirement to maintain the standard of living that you have today.

Will the Money Last?
Estimate how long your retirement savings will last if you make regular, annual income withdrawals and factor in inflation.

RRIF Payment
Calculate your RRIF payment and see how long the funds will last.

TFSA vs RRSP
Find out how your marginal tax rate, and whether you invest or spend your RRSP tax refund, affects the growth of your TFSA or RRSP.


Investing & Taxes

Savings Growth
Estimate the future value of your savings by changing the investment amounts, rates of return and years of growth.

Cost of Waiting to Invest
See how much more you will have in your retirement fund if you start investing now.

Real Rate of Return
This tool determines the real rate of return on a taxable investment after taking taxes and inflation into account, and illustrates what the investment will be worth, in after tax dollars.

RRSP Tax Savings
Estimate the tax savings on your RRSP contribution. You can enter three different amounts to compare the savings.

TFSA vs Taxable Investment
Discover the tax-free growth advantage of investing in a TFSA instead of a taxable investment.

Income Tax
Estimate the taxes you owe based on your taxable income and the province you live in.

Protecting your Assets

At Assante Wealth Management, ensuring the security of assets entrusted to us by clients is a key priority. It goes hand in hand with our mission – to help create wealth and prosperity for Canadian families.

In partnership with our professional advisors, who are among the most highly respected and accredited in the country, we are pleased to outline here four key safeguards that are in place to protect your assets: our strong corporate backing, the security safekeeping measures we follow, our adherence to strict industry standards and industry-wide investor protection.

Sincerely,

Sean Etherington
President
Assante Wealth Management

Strong corporate backing

The first level of client protection is provided by our comprehensive governance processes and the substantial financial resources of Assante Wealth Management’s parent company, CI Financial Corp. Assante’s legal and compliance personnel keep senior management, as well as CI Financial’s board of directors, aware of legal, regulatory and compliance matters on a continuous basis. In addition, CI Financial’s Internal Audit Department plays an integral role by reviewing and testing the processes and internal controls of Assante to ensure they are meeting regulatory requirements.

CI Financial is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CIX” and is a component of the S&P/TSX Composite Index. CI Financial’s status as a publicly traded company provides additional transparency and accountability through continuous financial disclosure obligations.

CI Financial, Canada’s third largest investment fund company, is financially strong. To see CI Financial’s most recent annual and quarterly reports and other related investor information, click here.

Security safekeeping measures

Assante is required by regulators to maintain adequate capital to cover our business risks, keep comprehensive and accurate records and employ appropriate securities handling procedures. Most securities owned by our clients are held through central industry-wide electronic or book-based systems. In this approach, investments are tracked using independent service providers, including FundSERV in the case of mutual funds, and the Canadian Depository for Securities for most equity securities. In situations where fully paid up securities are physically held by us, they are kept separate from any securities related to our corporate investing activities and are subject to regulatory audit on an annual basis. This safeguard helps to ensure that clients’ investments are not subject to any risks related to their dealer’s business activities and are adequately segregated for the benefit of clients. Custodial services for all securities held in client accounts, other than mutual funds, are provided through the National Bank Correspondent Network, which is owned by the National Bank of Canada. The provision of security recordkeeping and custody by independent service providers results in multiple parties being involved in transactions in client accounts. The benefit to clients is additional oversight of the firm’s procedures to ensure all assets are accounted for accurately.

Strict industry standards

Assante’s dealer subsidiaries, Assante Capital Management Ltd., a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and Assante Financial Management Ltd., a member of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA), are subject to the oversight of the provincial securities commissions. Both Assante Capital Management and Assante Financial Management are required to adhere to regulations governing investor protection, fiduciary responsibilities and stringent recordkeeping. These requirements are monitored by IIROC and the MFDA, respectively, through independent audits conducted regularly by external auditors and by examiners or the regulators. IIROC and MFDA undertake business conduct examinations that include the assessment of marketing materials, trades, disclosures on client statements, and branch operations, as well as financial compliance audits that include a detailed review of the firm’s financial and custodial procedures and adherence with regulatory policies. In addition, every financial advisor at Assante is subject to regulatory oversight. For every fiduciary relationship you have, we would encourage you to check with the applicable regulator to ensure the firm is registered and in good standing.

Industry-wide protection

Although Assante clients’ assets are segregated from the dealer’s assets, additional security is provided to our clients through industry investor protection plans that will reimburse investors, within predefined limits, if their dealer becomes insolvent or bankrupt and their assets are missing as a result. The Canadian Investor Protection Fund reimburses clients of securities dealers up to a maximum loss of $1 million by account type (i.e. separate coverage for open accounts and registered accounts). The MFDA Investor Protection Corporation provides similar protection for clients of mutual fund dealers.

For more information

To find out more about how your assets are protected, we encourage you to visit these online sources: