Having a plan pays off for Canadians, and independent financial advice is the difference maker
For years, we’ve seen that having a financial plan and independent advice from professionals can really help Canadians with their finances. But the latest Manulife Bank Financial Health Survey tells a deeper story about how Canadians are taking back control of their finances after a challenging few years.
In April 2023, we surveyed thousands of Canadians and found evidence that independent advice from financial professionals like advisors and brokers is the key difference maker in helping them take control of their finances:
- Canadians who have a financial plan feel like it has helped them improve their ability to cope with the current economic environment both mentally (75%) and financially (79%)
- As many as three in five Canadians admit they would have no financial plan if it was not for their advisor (61%)
- 59% believe that their mental health has improved thanks to their advisor
- 68% think they are better off financially than they were prior to retaining the services of their advisor
The research goes even further, showing that 88% of Canadians believe they’re getting good advice, and more Canadians than last year are using that advice to take action when confronting rising costs of living and debt repayment.
Turning financial negatives into positives
72% of Canadians say their advisor can help them turn financial negatives into positives. For instance, many advisors are showing Canadians how rising interest rates can be an opportunity to take their savings to new heights.
Now could be the right time to find a savings tool with a strong everyday interest rate that keeps your money growing. Manulife Bank is offering 5.00%* interest for 4 months on new Advantage Accounts, with one of the strongest everyday interest rates in Canada (2.85%** as of May 24, 2023). And get this – the Advantage Account was just named as one of the best combined savings and everyday banking accounts in Canada by Forbes Magazine.
Fighting the squeeze on cashflow
While Millennials and Gen Xers are the most likely to feel worried about affordability in Canada, Baby Boomers to Gen Z are all feeling the squeeze when it comes to rising costs of living and mortgage rates. Many advisors are pointing to flexible and wholistic mortgage solutions to help keep cashflow available while locking in rates to consolidate debt in lower-interest holdings.
That’s where Manulife One can be a gamechanger. Having easy access to 80% of your home’s equity can be a cashflow lifeline. And the ability to lock in rates for subaccounts can be a huge help in rolling multiple debts into one, easy to manage, lower interest place. Plus, right now you can qualify for up to $4000 cash back on a Manulife One*** – here’s how.
Yes – Canadians are still feeling the pressure of rising costs, inflation, and high-interest. But that’s not where the story ends. So many are fighting back with good planning, professional support, and the right financial tools. There’s so much we can do – and finding an advisor that’s right for you may just be the best place to start.
The power of independent advice from financial professionals isn’t the only thing we learned from this Financial Health Survey. It turns out there’s a deeper story about how planning pays off personally as well as financially. Take a look:
About the Manulife Bank of Canada Financial Health Survey
Now in its sixth year, the Manulife Bank of Canada poll surveyed 2,002 Canadians in all provinces between ages 20 and 69 with household income of more than $44,000. The survey was conducted online by Ipsos between April 14 and 20, 2023. National results were weighted by gender, age, region, and education. This survey has a credibility interval of +/- 2.5 per cent 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had all Canadian adults between the ages of 20 and 69 been surveyed.
Here are some useful articles with tips on managing your stress related to your mortgage and finances, setting (or resetting) your financial goals, and simplifying your own financial reboot:
*5.00% promotional rate is for new deposits to a new personal, non-registered, Canadian-dollar Advantage Account. The promotional interest rate is made up of the regular posted annual variable interest rate of 2.85% and the variable annual promotional rate of 2.15%. Interest is calculated daily and paid monthly beginning on the date the account is opened and continuing 120 days (4 months) on net new deposits to a maximum of $500,000. Any change to the regular interest rate will result in a corresponding change to the promotional interest rate. The offer is limited to one account per client and cannot be combined with other offers. The offer and rates are as of May 24, 2023 and subject to change without notice. Click here (PDF) for full terms and conditions.
**As at May 24, 2023 the variable annual interest rate of 2.85% is applied to all funds in the account. Interest is calculated daily on the total daily balance and paid monthly. Rate is subject to change without notice.
*** Subject to credit approval. This offer is subject to the general terms and operating agreement of your Manulife One account. To qualify for the offer, you must apply for a Manulife One account between March 27, 2023 and June 30, 2023; have at least $250,000 or more in debt in your Manulife One account at the time of funding; fund by July 14, 2023; and set up a recurring income deposit within 60 days of funding the mortgage. Eligible recurring income deposits include payroll from your employer, pension direct deposits, old age security, disability payments, and governmental deposits, such as employment insurance. This offer may change or be withdrawn at any time without notice. Cashback will be deposited only if the account is active and in good standing. If the mortgage is discharged, refinanced, ported or transferred from Manulife Bank within five (5) years of activation for any reason, you must repay the entire cashback amount to Manulife Bank. The maximum total cashback per Manulife One account is $4,000. See the full Terms & Conditions (PDF) for more information.