Segregated funds limit the amount of money you can lose in order to protect your investment and your family’s lifestyle. A segregated fund offers the investor fund choices such as: equity funds, bond funds, balanced funds and money market funds, etc.. Some of your capital is guaranteed by a life insurance company with some advantages.
1. Guaranteed capital upon maturity or if you die. A seg fund has a maturity date after a period of years such as 10-15 years, or at death. Upon the maturity date an amount of 75% to 100% of your invested capital is guaranteed by the life insurance company. If you die your designated beneficiary is paid a guaranteed sum.
Resetting the capital guarantee. Some companies permit the resetting of the guaranteed capital at a higher value with a new maturity date. Long-term investors may appreciate this safeguard especialy when investing in equity segreated funds, though there may be higher associated fees.
2. Creditor protection. A seg fund with a preferred beneficiary named on the contract might be protected from creditors if an investor faced a lawsuit or bankruptcy. After the policyholder’s death, all beneficiaries are protected against claims made by the policyholder’s creditors. Such protection may be worth the higher management fees of a seg fund where an investor either owns a business or is nearing retirement.
Note: If Bill C-55 becomes law, your RRSPs and/or RRIFs will be protected from creditors in all investments as well as seg fund investments if a bankruptcy occurred.
3. Estate exemption from probate and executor fees. When a seg fund policyholder dies with a beneficiary designated on the policy (outside the estate), the fund exempt from probate and executor fees. Your beneficiary receives the policy benefits quickly while the estate remains responsible for any final taxes.
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