Planning Matter$

The following 100 plus published articles, all written by Murray, now appear regularly in the Business Gazette which serves Campbell River and the Comox Valley.  Formerly, his Planning Matter$ bi-weekly column was a popular feature in the Campbell River Courier-Islander newspaper until their corporate takeover by Black Press in April 2015.  While they summarize general economic and financial planning principles, they should not be considered a replacement to advice tailored to your circumstances.


The Retirement Olympics
Wed, 2014-04-09
Along with millions of Canadians I followed the Winter Olympics with great interest.  In terms of medal count, Russia was tops.  This is part of their legacy along with the unfathomable $51...
Life Insurance in Retirement
Wed, 2014-03-26
There are many reasons to consider the purchase of life insurance.  For those in retirement, I can think of 4 primary reasons; 1) to maximize the value of an estate 2) to equalize an estate as...
Fraud Awareness
Wed, 2014-03-12
You've likely seen the ads of "David."  He's the smooth talking, white-haired gentlemen promising high returns, no risk and his personal guarantee.  In one ad he proclaims that, "you couldn...
Wed, 2014-02-26
$200 Billion Buoyed by strong returns across all sectors this is the latest estimate of what the Canada Pension Plan is currently worth. It's big, it's prominent and it is run by a large and...
RRSP Refresher
Wed, 2014-02-12
Gordon Pape calls them the "ultimate wealth builder."   I agree.  The RRSP accomplishes 3 primary goals.  Immediate tax deferral, tax-sheltered growth and control over how that...
The Loonie
Wed, 2014-01-29
The Canadian dollar vis-a-vis the US dollar has lost some ground of recent.  Well, quite a bit actually. The first sentiment of a high dollar is national pride.   We are better than...