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‘Most difficult talk’ gets easier for advisors

‘Most difficult talk’ gets easier for advisors

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Woody Allen once said, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

It’s turning out more and more Canadians are starting to become more willing to contemplate their passing and the financial impact it will have on their loved ones in the form of estate planning.

“The largest segment of the baby boom population has now entered their 50s and for some reason when folks hit the age of 50 they tend to reflect on life and death and their mortality, and we’re finding many more Canadians are starting to look for more simple estate planning solutions,” said Mike Stocks, vice president of insurance marketing at Empire Life.

Over the next two decades the whole baby boomer generation will reach retirement age, raising the number of seniors in the population to an estimated 23.6 per cent by 2030 compared with 15.3 per cent in 2013.

“What we’re trying to encourage is awareness amongst Canadians. We want to partner with advisors to help them reach a greater number of Canadians,” said Stock. “There’s a group of Canadians who don’t see the need for life insurance and we really want to get them to start thinking about that and start a conversation. We are seeing more and more folks inquiring.”

Given Canada’s aging population advisors can capture a large part of this lucrative market.

“We think there is a big opportunity for advisors,” said Stocks.

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Centurion Asset Management Inc. is a Canadian asset management company offering a growing portfolio of real estate investment products.  Centurion Apartment REIT owns and operates multi-unit residential apartments and student housing properties in Canada.  Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust is a unique product that provides investors with exposure to a diversified portfolio of mortgages and real estate development.  Centurion has the expertise, infrastructure and resources to deliver end-to-end real estate solutions.  Centurion is opportunistic and innovative, using a value-oriented strategy to make responsible and intelligent investment choices with a goal of delivering monthly income, capital growth and capital preservation.