Laurentian Bank offers financial planning advice for self-employed workers

Laurentian Bank offers financial planning advice for self-employed workers 
MONTREAL, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Over the past decades, the introduction 
of new technologies has led to a significant increase in the number of 
self-employed persons. In 2010, in Quebec alone, the numbers were double what 
they were 30 years ago. From 2002 to 2009, their numbers increased 21%, 
compared to salaried persons whose numbers only increased by 10%.(1) 
When it comes to RRSPs and retirement planning, here are a few tips for 
self-employed workers. Because of their employment status, they must select 
and manage their own plans. They can choose the retirement plan that suits 
them best, and from now on, can also participate in the employment insurance 
program. Self-employed workers also contribute to the Quebec Pension Plan, but 
contrary to salaried workers, they pay what is normally the employer's 
portion. They therefore pay double the contributions required to be eligible 
to receive QPP's fixed annuity. Plus, they may eventually encounter situations 
that no longer apply to salaried workers. 
"A self-employed worker may find themselves in a difficult situation if an 
illness or an accident prevents them from functioning normally. They are at 
risk of losing clients and no longer being able to provide for their families, 
unless they have personal insurance," explains Denis L'Hostie, Senior Manager, 
Financial Planning at the Laurentian Bank. "For self-employed workers, 
financial planning takes on a much more strategic dimension, requiring a 
global strategy and a long term vision." 
The investment strategy must be adapted to the worker's income. If their 
income is insufficient to save for retirement, alternatives will need to be 
considered, such as adapting the strategy to the individual's age or assets. 
"Generally, the company is the self-employed individual's main asset," says 
Mr. L'Hostie. "Therefore, to ensure investment diversification and reduce 
risk, they must select other investments with the following characteristics: 
less volatile and adapted to their investor profile. Regardless of the 
strategy selected, self-employed workers must be disciplined to achieve their 
objectives." 
Incorporation: choosing the right time 
Incorporating a business is another way to gain more flexibility in a 
financial planning strategy. Changing to a corporate status allows 
self-employed workers to defer their taxes, thereby benefiting from advantages 
that would not otherwise be available. However, this step should only be taken 
when the self-employed individual earns sufficient income to be able to absorb 
the costs of incorporation. 
"When contemplating incorporation, consulting a tax specialist is essential to 
determine the cost/benefit ratio of such a change," adds Mr. L'Hostie. "This 
option may be advantageous in some situations, but it is not be best solution 
when prospects for growth are limited." 
No matter what their situation, self-employed workers will always benefit from 
consulting a financial planner who will help them outline a plan best suited 
to their future needs and other eventualities. 
About Laurentian Bank 
Laurentian Bank of Canada is a pan-Canadian banking institution that has 
nearly $35 billion in balance sheet assets and $33billion in assets under 
administration. Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank was selected in 2012 as one 
of the 10 winners of the Canada's Passion Capitalists program in recognition 
of its sustained success through the promotion of passion within its ranks. 
The Bank employs more than 4,200 people. 
Recognized for its excellent service, proximity and simplicity, Laurentian 
Bank serves more than one million clients in market segments in which it holds 
an enviable position. In addition to occupying a choice position among 
consumers in Québec, where it operates the third largest branch network, the 
Bank has built a solid reputation across Canada in the area of real estate and 
commercial financing thanks to its teams working out of more than 35 offices 
in Ontario, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia. Its subsidiary, B2B Bank, 
is a Canadian leader in providing banking products as well as investment 
accounts and services to financial advisors and brokers, while Laurentian Bank 
Securities is an integrated broker, widely recognized for its expertise and 
effectiveness nationwide. 
(1) Annuaire québécois des statistiques du travail - volume 6, numéro 1 
Mary-Claude Tardif Public Relations Advisor 514284-4500, extension 4695 
mary-claude.tardif@banquelaurentienne.ca 
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