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My advice • September 07, 2021

Four benefits of consolidating your assets

Why not get more from your investments?

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We often say that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. What about your finances? While it's important to diversify your investments, that doesn't have to mean holding accounts at multiple financial institutions. You can diversify your investments by pooling your assets under one roof. Here are four advantages of consolidating your assets within the same financial institution:

  1. Better overview

    By consolidating your assets, you'll be dealing with a single advisor who will take the time to work with you to draw up your financial health assessment. This will give them a more accurate overview and will enable them to better help you achieve your financial goals.

    This trusted advisor is in the best position to monitor your portfolio and advise you on the most appropriate investment strategies, taking into account your objectives, investment horizon and risk tolerance.

    In addition, consolidating your assets will allow for better optimization of your investments, such as easily determining your unused TFSA contribution room.

  2. Lower management fees

    Consolidating your assets may allow you to benefit from lower management fees if your investments reach a certain amount. This reduction can increase your long-term return. For example, at Laurentian Bank, we offer a Preferred Pricing Service applicable to investments that allows you to automatically benefit from lower management fees as soon as your total assets reach $100,000 in the Laurentian Bank Group of Funds1, managed by Mackenzie Investments. To reach $100,000 faster, you can also combine your assets with those of your family members.

  3. Efficient and balanced portfolio allocation 

    Your advisor will help you better manage your portfolio by consolidating your assets in one place. You'll have a clearer picture of your asset allocation and your advisor will help you adjust your asset allocation, if necessary, to rebalance it to diversify your portfolio and increase your overall return.

  4. Simplified administration

    Investment accounts spread across different financial institutions often means multiple statements and tax slips, which can make management more difficult, and cause you to lose considerable time in terms of tracking. Consolidating your assets would simplify your management, since you would have consolidated statements and a limited number of tax slips. That comes in handy during tax season!

Consolidating your assets could simplify your life and allow you to benefit from more relevant advice to reach your financial goals more quickly. Wondering if consolidating your assets within the same financial institution is right for you? Talk to your advisor, who can assess whether this strategy would be beneficial to you.

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