What is financial planning and why it is important for high-net-worth investors

Canadians are generally diligent in money matters. We focus on paying down debt and saving for retirement. But when it comes to estate planning, something’s been holding us back.

Research shows nearly one in four Canadians are uncomfortable talking about money, even with their spouse.¹ But according to a recent MIM survey the pandemic has been a game changer for some, with:

  • one in five saying it’s prompted them to have more conversations about wealth transfer and/or estate planning, or to review/update their wills and beneficiary designations.²
  • fewer people believing it’s an inappropriate time to talk about their inheritance.³

We’re here to help with the hard conversations   

Pandemic issues aside, we know estate planning isn’t an easy conversation to have. So we’ve invited Carol Foley, Tax and Estate Planner at Manulife Private Wealth, to highlight why defining a financial plan is important for high-net-worth investors, how to get started, tax considerations, and how it can help with charitable giving.

$1 trillion+

is expected to move between generations in Canada from 2020 to 2030.⁴


of Canadians do not have any of the following: a financial advisor; a written financial plan; a formal estate plan. The number who report having all three is only 13%.²


of Canadians are not discussing inheritance with their heirs.⁵

1 FP Canadaᵀᴹ, The Discomfort Index — Financial Planning for Canadians, February 2020. 2 Source: Manulife State of Estate Planning Survey 2021 whitepaper. 3 “There has been a sharp decrease in the proportion who believe they’re too far away from the time of inheritance to discuss the matter (24%; -9 pts) a figure which might be somewhat attributable to the pandemic, which has sadly resulted in many deaths” Source: Manulife State of Estate Planning Survey, 2021, page 2. 4 Investor Economics Household Balance Sheet Report—Canada, 2021. 5 Wealthy Canadians not discussing inheritance with heirs, Advisor’s Edge, 2018

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