Guaranteed Stock Investments Offer Secure, Predictable Income
Although it's been four years since the world-wide financial crisis, Canadians are still wary of the stock market and about choosing the right type of investments. This is particularly true for those looking to securely grow their retirement nest-egg. We asked David MacFadyen, regional sales consultant, Individual Savings at Desjardins Financial Security for his suggestions.
"The ongoing market volatility and low interest rates are two major reasons why people today are looking for predictable returns on their investments. Many are turning to conservative products like market-linked term investments (MLTI)," said MacFadyen. "These types of securities are a secure choice because so many investors lost up to 15 per cent of their retirement savings during the last recession. And since most people are living longer in their retirement years, they want to ensure their principal has growth."
What are MLTI? Market-linked term investments are linked to the performance of well-established companies in specific sectors whose products and services are common in everyday use. This type of product is ideal for those who aren't familiar with stock markets. Usually, the minimum investment amount is $500 and it's eligible for RRSPs, LIRAs, RRIFs, TFSAs and non-registered savings. The typical maturity term is five years, there are no management fees and deposits are accepted up to age 95.
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What about death and taxes?
When it comes to estate planning, MLTIs may be more beneficial because it includes a guaranteed death benefit. This means that the amount that you'd like to leave your loved-ones as an inheritance is protected and it is paid out quickly. If you had invested your MLTI in an RRSP or RRIF and your beneficiary is your spouse, he or she would have the choice of holding the investment until maturity. By contrast, if you had invested your MLTI in a non-registered account, your beneficiary, regardless of their relationship to you, could also choose to hold the investment until maturity.
Now, if you own a business, are self-employed or a professional like a doctor, lawyer or notary, it may also provide you with essential creditor protection. Because this type of product is a contract issued by a life insurance company the beneficiary designation could prevent your creditors from seizing your investment, helping ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
To find more information about market-linked term investments, speak with your financial advisor. Or for immediate answers, visit Desjardins Financial Security at www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com.
Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.