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Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant John Barabe Discusses Inflation and Investments

John Barabe is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant and he has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team of Regina financial professionals and support staff believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving their clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace. In his latest Trusted Regina financial expert article, he shares information on investment strategies and how to keep up with the pace of inflation. 

Do your Investments Keep Up with The Pace Of Inflation?


If you need $1000 per month for expenses and you have $1,000,000 in deposit accounts (for example a guaranteed investment certificate, term deposit, or savings account) earning 1.2% you are set, right? Well, if inflation is 2% the expenses will increase from $12,000 to $14,628 in 10 years and to $17,831 in 20 years. Your investment falls short of the income you need so you end up spending your original capital to make up the shortfall. 


What you need is a return that will allow you to draw an income that keeps up with the cost of living.  


Let’s simplify further with an example of the poor current deposit account returns:


In 1991 $150,000 invested in one year GIC’s earned enough to purchase a new Ford.

In 2011 $150,000 invested in 1 year GIC’s earned enough to purchase the same 1991 Ford.



Despite record low interest rates, you still need an income from your investments. If your investment return is coming from a guaranteed deposit account currently, you may not even be keeping up with inflation.  

What if there were a way to get a better return, a reasonable return, and still remain low risk? 

Unfortunately many people that need income for retirement or even just an investment return that is reasonable are not getting this direction.  I will provide you with access to unique methods to reduce risk, while allowing you the returns you deserve with the objective of maximizing your returns. I want to assure you there are investment strategies that can outpace inflation and provide you with reasonable retirement income. 


I thank you for reading this article and would like to offer you a value-added service for your time. I will make myself available to act as a sounding board. Please understand, you do not need to become a client to take advantage of this service. The reason I do this is because I became a financial advisor to help people make informed choices with their financial future. It’s very gratifying. One of two things typically occurs when going through this process; either I validate for you that your current approach is fundamentally solid, or I reveal a few minor flaws that you might want to consider adjusting.  As you know, minor adjustments can often lead to major improvements down the road. Either way, I will make myself available and ensure that this is a great investment of your time.


John Barabe, Madison Schenher and team.


John Barabe  is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant




Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant John Barabe Discusses Protecting Your Principal

John Barabe is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant and he has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team of Regina financial professionals and support staff believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving their clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace. In his latest Trusted Regina financial expert article, he shares information on protecting your principal when investing. 

Protecting Your Principal 

There are many managed money (mutual fund-like) investment options. In Canada alone, there are over 20,000, and there are a further 70 plus financial institutions offering GIC’s and term deposits. A program I subscribe to lists over 100,000 investment alternatives and this is by no means comprehensive. That’s a lot to sort through! 

 

Do You Invest? 


If you invest your money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or a managed investment that is made up of any of these, the risk to your capital can be greater than you are willing to accept. With so many choices out there it can feel like a gamble with your life savings to pick one. If you invest in GIC’s you have a guaranteed yield, but how are you going to generate a fair return? GIC rates are among the lowest they have ever been in Canada, so this is not a good thing when you are about to earn your living from the interest. 


$500,000 invested in a 2% GIC earns $833 a month. This is very modest living from your life’s savings leaving you no alternative but to spend less or use up your invested capital if you need more.


So What Is The Solution?  


Just because interest rates are very low in Canada, does not mean they are just as low everywhere in the world. I can provide you the right direction and expertise so you can be safely rewarded by gaining access to these higher interest rates.


What About Using The Stock Market?  


In order to get a better rate of return than the near-zero returns that a guaranteed investment provides, many people turn to the stock market. Although in many years you may do well the obvious downfall here is that without warning the stock market can drop significantly taking your life savings with it.  


Suppose I told you there is a way to avoid these major declines but still have the upside the stock market provides?  



Think of how house insurance protects you from your house burning to the ground. Insurance provides a cheque that offsets your losses. It makes you whole once again (minus your deductible). We have no idea when our house could burn to the ground, just as we do not know when the stock market will experience its next major decline. I can protect your life savings in a manner very similar to how house insurance protects your house, eliminating the need to know when the next crash will happen.



Let’s call your investment protection “price drop insurance”.  With this protection in place, you can participate in the good years without having to expose yourself to the bad. You can sleep at night knowing you have protection and no longer need a crystal ball.


If you had any portion of your investments in stocks, you know how badly you did with the stock market crash in 2008. We all know that the stock market will experience another major decline again. My clients did better because of this 2008 stock market crash than they would have without it because there is above average opportunity, but only in the right direction. The good news for them is that the stock market will go down again, allowing the opportunity for above-average returns again.  


How will you fare with the next stock market correction?  


I would be glad to share with you more details of how my clients profit from market declines.  

On that note, we are past due for the next major market decline. I also have evidence that the next stock market decline will be significant. I would like to offer you a value-added service for taking the time to read this article.I will make myself available to act as a sounding board. Please understand, you do not need to become a client to take advantage of this service. The reason I do this is that I became a financial advisor to help people make informed decisions about their financial future. It’s very fulfilling.  

One of two things typically occurs when going through this process; either I validate for you that your current approach is fundamentally solid, or I reveal a few minor flaws that you might want to consider adjusting.  


As you know, minor adjustments can often lead to major improvements down the road. Either way, I will make myself available and ensure that this is a great investment of your time.


Sincerely,

John Barabe, Madison Schenher and team.


John Barabe  is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant




Trusted Regina Insurance Provider Campbell & Haliburton Insurance Discuss Buying Insurance Online

Trusted Regina Insurance experts at Campbell and Haliburton Insurance  have been in the community for over 50 years. They know it is customer service and knowledge that counts when you are in need of an insurance company in Regina. Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, myCH.ca, dedicated insurance brokers in Regina can assist you with finding the plan that works best for you. In their latest Trusted Regina Insurance Tip, they share 10 things to know about buying insurance online in Regina.

10 Things to Know About Buying Insurance Online from Campbell & Haliburton

For years, decades even, purchasing insurance has followed the same basic formula. You or I realize that we need insurance. So what do we do? We book an appointment and meet with an insurance broker to let them know what we are looking for. They then help assess our needs and provide us with options. We purchase and presto! We are insured. 


But what about buying insurance online?


That model has worked well in the past, and for many of us, it continues to be our preferred means of choice.  There is something very comforting about talking with a professional who knows and understands our needs.

A growing number of us though, are looking for something different. Many of us turn towards the online option: banking online, ordering groceries online, doing our Christmas shopping online, and even shopping for cars online. So why not purchase home insurance online too?

Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, myCH.ca has launched a new online platform. This enables our customers to purchase some of the more common insurance products online from the comfort of their own homes. Are you looking for home insurance, tenant insurance, or condo insurance? No problem, we’ve got you covered! Most customers can obtain a quote and even have their policy issued instantly online. Are you a landlord needing insurance for a rented dwelling? You can do that too!


10 Things to Know About Buying Insurance Online from Campbell & Haliburton


But this is new and we get that. You have questions, we have answers! We have compiled a list of “Top 10 Questions About Buying Insurance Online”.

10. "How Does Buying Insurance Online Actually Work?

It’s actually quite easy! You simply go to our myCH online landing page and click on the “Get Started” link. You will be asked to enter some basic information about yourself, and your home. Don’t worry, none of it is too difficult or complicated. After all, we are in the business of making this as easy as possible for you! We use some neat state-of-the-art software that does some quick behind-the-scenes calculations which then provides you with a quote in real-time! You can customize it and make any changes that you need. Once you are ready to complete it, click on the purchase button, and voila! Your policy is issued.

9. "That Does Sound Easy - But, I'm a Bit of a Technophobe."

No problem! We have a live chat feature that is fully operated during regular business hours. If you have a question at any point along the way, just type it into the chatbox and one of our brokers will answer it right away! We don’t use automated chatbots, only real people, the best people! Suppose, you want to purchase a policy at 3:00 a.m.? You can certainly do so! The online tool is available 24/7. Our agents, however, are not. They need their sleep. But rest assured the next morning someone will get back to you and answer any questions you may have!

8. "Can I Make Changes Down The Road?"

Absolutely! If at any time, you want to take a look at your policy or make changes, you can do that within your own self-serve pocket account. Simply log into your pocket account to view or make changes to your policies!

7. "I Did This Online, But Can I Still Call in if I Have Questions?"

Yes, most definitely! You can either chat, email, call or stop by the office! We will accommodate whatever is the most convenient for you. Just because you purchased online doesn’t mean that you can’t call in! At Campbell & Haliburton we are available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

6. "How Can I Pay?"

We’ll make buying insurance online as easy as possible for you. Do you want to pay monthly or once per year? Both are options. Credit card? No problem! Directly from your bank account? Yes, you can do that too! To keep you as safe as possible, all of the payments are made through a secure payment portal.

5. "Is Online Legit?"

Buying insurance online is completely 100% legitimate and completely above board. We made sure of this before we launched it! At present, there are a couple of different insurance companies that are available through this platform: both SGI CANADA and Exhale Insurance are set up to provide quotes. We hope to have some of our other partners on board in the coming months. Stay tuned!

4. "What About My Business? Can I Purchase Online Insurance?" 


Yes and no. At present this platform is only available for home, condo, and tenant insurance. But we can certainly assist you with your business! Just call or email Campbell & Haliburton, we would be pleased to assist you with whatever you need.

3. "My Insurance Situation is a Little Unique. Can You Still Help Me?"

Most certainly we can! Most home and tenant policies can be done online. But then there are some things that don’t quite fit into that box. Perhaps you are running a business from your home, or operating an Airbnb*? Or even breeding magical unicorns? No problem! We’ve seen just about everything that there is to see and can insure most of it. (Okay, we are having some difficulty in obtaining unicorn insurance, but hopefully someday soon!) Just because it can’t be done online doesn’t mean we can’t do it at Campbell & Haliburton! Likely we can. Just contact us by phone or email and we’ll see what we can do!

*If you are doing any sort of home business or renting out any portion of your home including Airbnb, we recommend that you contact us right away.

2. "What About Car Insurance?"


Not at present. We are hopeful that you will be able to purchase an extension auto policy through this platform soon! But for now, if you need an auto insurance quote please contact us and we can assist you with whatever you need.

1. "Can I Get a Puppy if I Buy Insurance Online?"

Sure! Why not? We recommend that ALL of our clients get puppies! Oh, wait. Did you mean would we give you a puppy? No, sorry, we can’t. But we would love to see pictures of any of your pets!

If you don’t have an insurance broker and want to talk to someone who is truly passionate about your rental dwellings, contact us at Campbell & Haliburton Insurance. We would love to talk to you.

- Daryl Arendt, Office Manager & Licensed Insurance Broker


Our Trusted Regina Insurance Agents at Campbell & Haliburton have your best interests and safety in mind and our commitment to customer service is one of the pillars of our business. We also know insurance inside and out, so please contact us for all of your insurance needs and we will be more than happy to help ensure what you value most is protected. >


Campbell & Haliburton's doors opened in 1957.  Since then, they have seen run-away inflation, recessions, and now, a global pandemic.  Through it, all their doors have remained open as they are committed to providing outstanding service to you.  No matter what the next years and decades bring they have committed to continue to stay open to serve you.

They offer many different insurance policies to protect the most important areas of your life including:

Campbell & Haliburton is a Trusted Regina Insurance Broker




Trusted Regina Welcomes Jason Kostiuk as a Trusted Regina Realtor

The Trusted Regina directory community welcomes Jason Kostiuk, yet another amazing new partner to the Regina Directory of excellence in the Regina Real Estate CategoryOur Regina team works for YOU, the public and we work extremely hard to find the Trusted local businesses we feature on the Regina Directory.  We do all the running around and checking on those businesses so YOU don't have to,  the Trusted verification process is intense and we take our job very seriously.  Let us tell you why Jason Kostiuk is a Trusted Regina Realtor!

Jason Kostiuk with Re/MAX Crown Real Estate is a Trusted Regina Realty Professional.


Jason understands the needs of people in our community because he is very much a part of it.  He is a father to two sons and an active member of the Regina community often acting as a coach in many different sports. If time permits, trying to catch a Walleye at one of Regina's surrounding lakes is a favorite hobby.