Unconventional Wisdom YouTube Channel

Welcome to the Unconventional Wisdom YouTube Page. The show about the most effective methods to achieve financial security & freedom. Find out what really works. Insights are based on in-depth experience - from a fee-for-service financial planner, tax accountant, Canada’s #1 financial planner blogger & your host, Ed Rempel.

This channel is about achieving financial freedom & security in real life. It’s often very different from what most people talk about. Few financial planners actually write detailed Financial Plans. I have written more than 1,000 professional, custom Financial Plans, and worked with many clients to achieve their life goals. You can listen to everyone else – and then come here to find out what works in real life. Unconventional wisdom – based on experience.

This channel has unconventional wisdom insights on many topics. Some of my favourite topics are:

  • How to set & achieve your financial goals and achieve what you really want in life.
  • FIRE – How to achieve financial independence & retire early.
  • The outlook & attitude you need for financial success.
  • Many topics on how you can minimize tax over your lifetime.
  • Effective strategies that can be a huge benefit for you, such as the Smith Manoeuvre, Rempel Maximum, Lifecycle Investing, RRSP Top-ups, RRSP Catch-up Strategy & the 8-year GIS Strategy.
  • How to set up a reliable retirement income with the least tax & most government benefits.
  • How to invest for returns above the indexes.
  • How to easily outperform investment advisors & robo-advisors.
  • Money myths that block your financial freedom.
  • Any interesting financial planning topic. I take requests.

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Self-Made Dividends – Dividend Investing Perfected

By Ed Rempel | September 19, 2023

Dividend or income investors, here are the fundamental facts on how to save tax. Would you like to receive dividends of any amount you want from your non-registered investments, and pay less tax than on ordinary dividends? You can easily do this with a little planning and proper understanding of investments. Self-made dividends are a simple concept with profound benefits. Dividend investing has been very popular recently, but self-made dividends are better than ordinary dividends in essentially every way. They have lower taxes, better investment options, and are much more flexible for giving you income when you need it. When clients retire…

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Don’t Invest in Canada

By Ed Rempel | September 14, 2023

While I love living in the Toronto-area – it’s a great and vibrant place to spend time, I choose not to invest in Canada. You may not realize that Canada has only 3% of the world’s stocks, with mainly small companies with lower growth than global or US stocks. Canada is no longer a growth country. This means that you aren’t getting a diversified portfolio, so we choose to invest globally or in the US. For more details on this way of thinking and investment strategy, I’ve broken it down for you. Watch my latest video and listen to my podcast episode…

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The 3 Keys to Building Wealth

By Ed Rempel | September 12, 2023

Do you ever find yourself unsure about what to do with an investment decision? Should you buy now or wait? Is this a good time? Should I buy something safe or invest for growth? You are not alone. Most people struggle with investment decisions because they think short term and do not have faith in the market. This leads them to make the single most common investing error

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Financial Quackery

By Ed Rempel | September 5, 2023

“Financial Quackery” is one of the main reasons most people struggle financially. This video and podcast episode is my attempt at humour to explain what to look for to get real advice, rather than the typical industry foolishness pretending to be advice. If you prefer to read it, here is a transcript of the video: Importance of a Comprehensive Plan with One Advisor What do you mean by “financial quackery”? Quackery is the reason people have trouble getting real advice. It’s everywhere in the financial planning world. If you get financial “advice” from someone that doesn’t look at your entire financial picture…

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Cash Dam – Best Mortgage Strategy if You Own a Small Business or Rental Property

By Ed Rempel | August 29, 2023

This article was originally published on November 20, 2017. We have since made updates to it based on relevant, new information. We’ve also added a video and podcast episode that articulates the content in the article. What Is the Cash Dam and How Does It Work? Cash Dam is a simple but powerful concept to help you make your mortgage tax-deductible if you own either a small business or a rental property. It’s an especially attractive option if you are familiar with the Smith Manoeuvre or other tax minimization strategies. Cash Dam (sometimes referred to as the “cash flow dam” is a…

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Reflecting on My Life & Progress Towards My Mission in Life

By Ed Rempel | August 24, 2023

Today I’m reflecting on my life and progress towards my mission in life – to educate Canadians about what really works to achieve financial security & freedom. I have seen thousands of Canadians struggle with money. I see bad or suboptimal advice based on conventional wisdom all over the financial industry and to a lesser degree in the financial blog world. I sincerely hope I can influence you to have the financial security & freedom you can have with smart choices and a Plan. I hear from people all the time how my advice has changed their life. This is so fulfilling…

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Make Your Retirement Comfortable with the “8-Year GIS Strategy”

By Ed Rempel | August 22, 2023

The “8-Year GIS Strategy” is one of the best strategies to turn a modest retirement into a comfortable one for you. I am finally releasing it! For years, this is one of a few strategies that I have quietly used with select clients. Prefer an overview? Like videos? Listening to podcasts? Check out our whiteboard video, podcast episode or read the full post below! It has 5 huge advantages: 25-50% more income can be the difference between a tight, stay-at-home retirement and a freedom retirement with lots of travel and fun! To make it work, you usually need 2 things: One of…

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New OSFI Mortgage Rules – How Do They Affect The Smith Manoeuvre?

By Ed Rempel | August 17, 2023

You may have received a letter from your bank or heard people talk about the new OSFI mortgage rules. We’ve had a lot of our clients contacting us about it as well, since the new rules start this year for mortgages. These new rules will affect the Smith Manoeuvre in some ways, so it’s important to understand exactly what you should do. Watch & listen to find out: What is the Smith Manoeuvre? What are the new OSFI rules? Readvanceable mortgage (CLP) will not readvance $1 for $1 if your total mortgage limit is more than 65% of your home value. E.g.,…

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Millionaires in Poverty

By Ed Rempel | August 15, 2023

This may sound like a dumb topic. Why would a millionaire live in poverty? We see it all the time, though.  People living in a paid off home worth more than $1 million while living on an income of $20,000/year before tax. I believe this is caused by the belief that your home is your retirement. Millionaires in poverty have 5 options – all 5 of which are stupid. Watch the YouTube video or listen to my podcast episode to find out: Ed

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The Ultimate Strategy for Millennials – Lifecycle Investing

By Ed Rempel | August 8, 2023

If you are under age 40 and saving to become financially independent, the ultimate strategy for you to understand is Lifecycle Investing. It has worked 100% of the time in the last 150 years and increased portfolios at retirement by an average of 63%. Results are so consistent because it reduces one of your biggest financial risks, “Last Decade Risk”. Lifecycle Investing is not for everyone, but understanding the concept can change your entire approach to managing your money. Prefer an overview? Like videos? Check out our whiteboard video, podcast episode, or read the full post below! To understand Lifecyle Investing, first…

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Debunking “Sequence of Returns Risk”

By Ed Rempel | August 3, 2023

What is the actual risk of running out of money if you start retirement when the market crashes? This is a question on the minds of many retirees. Especially because a lot of financial advisors talk about “Sequence of Returns Risk”. But worrying about this can lead to worse results for many retirees, as well as inferior portfolios, lower returns and a less reliable retirement. In this blog post I’m going to debunk the “Sequence of Returns Risk” and give you solutions, including a dynamic spending rule that I give my clients. What you will learn: What is “Sequence of Returns Risk”?…

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How To Choose Your University Specialty

By Ed Rempel | August 1, 2023

If you or someone you know is in high school or about to apply to university, then this video is a must! After being a financial planner for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the finances of thousands of Canadians, and the careers that pay the big bucks. In this video and podcast episode you’ll learn how to choose your university specialty, so that you get into a career that sets you up for success in life. Don’t waste your degree! Learn: I hope you enjoy it! Ed

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15 Top Principles of Money Most People Get Wrong

By Ed Rempel | July 27, 2023

Are your finances where you want them to be? If not, there’s a very good chance that one of these 15, or maybe several of them are the underlying root cause. I’ve seen the finances of thousands of people and these are the principles that I find people most commonly get wrong, that have a major effect on their lives. In my latest video and podcast episode you’ll learn about these 15 principles in much more detail. And when you follow them, you’ll create a life where you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your finances. THE TOP 15…

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What Is the Highest Quality Financial Planning Advice?

By Ed Rempel | July 25, 2023

PART # 1 PART # 2 *Please Note: For some reason the video cut-off, so we have included the second half of the video in Part #2. How do you know you’re getting the highest quality financial planning advice? I recently asked my social media followers and blog readers what financial topics you would like me to talk about, and we got an overwhelming number of responses – so thank you! We got a few questions about what is the highest quality financial planning advice and about our services and why we do them the way we do.  The key thing is…

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Dividend Investing Perfected with Self-Made Dividends

By Ed Rempel | July 20, 2023

In my latest video and podcast episode I take an unconventional look at dividend investing & how to make it perfect. The video is a fact check of the advantages & disadvantages of dividend investing. Then I show how to fix all the disadvantages, so you can do it right.  You may have already heard of dividend investing, as there are hundreds of blog posts about it and it’s something many investment advisors recommend as an alternative to bonds. In the FIRE community there are two camps – people who focus on index investing and those that focus on dividend investing. Find…

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The High Risk of Bonds

By Ed Rempel | July 18, 2023

The conventional wisdom is that bonds and fixed income are safe investments and you need them to stabilize your portfolio. The truth is much more complex. Understanding the high risk of bonds can be one of the easiest ways to get higher investment returns and achieve your life goals. While bonds are less risky short-term and medium-term, they are actually quite risky as a long-term investment – more risky than stocks. You will need to adjust your investment binoculars to a long-term focus to see this high risk of bonds. Prefer an overview? Check out our whiteboard video, podcast episode, or read…

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How to Donate 10 Times More with the Donation Flow-Through Strategy

By Ed Rempel | July 6, 2023

Have you ever wondered how people donate millions to a charity, like to a large hospital, or have their name as a charitable foundation? Do they actually give away that much money? Or, do they have a method to do it?  The truth is – it’s often an effective tax plan that people use to donate 10 times more, and it’s called the Donation Flow-Through Strategy. In my latest YouTube video and podcast episode I’m going to teach you this strategy, so you too can become a philanthropist, without giving away a lot of money. Your charitable foundation can survive 100 years…

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How To Own A Nice Car For Less

By Ed Rempel | July 4, 2023

How can you own a nice car for a lot less? Should you be impressed with someone that has a nice car? How do you measure the ownership cost of your car? What is a warranty worth? Should you lease or own? Can you save money on an electric car? How does your car fit in your life priorities? You’ll learn the answers to these questions in my latest video and podcast episode and what I recommend to my clients that want to save money on their car. Ed

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Today’s Buying Opportunity For Stocks

By Ed Rempel | June 27, 2023

There’s a sale on stocks today – it’s a 10% sale! We have recovered about half of the decline from the bear market in 2022. What does that mean when it comes to buying stocks? In my latest podcast episode and YouTube video I give my thoughts on why I believe now is a good time to buy. Although recorded on July 7, 2022, these insights fully apply today. Listen to find out: I hope you enjoy it! Ed

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The Ultimate Status Symbol & Making a Difference in the World

By Ed Rempel | June 22, 2023

In my latest YouTube video and podcast episode I talk about the ultimate status symbol and making a real difference in the world. That may sound like two completely different topics, but it’s actually one topic and I’m going to show you how to do both at the same time! Here’s what I cover: Each group has status symbols: Picture it: “Your name Charitable Foundation” contributing to the causes most important to you and surviving 100+ years after you are gone. Many people want to leave a legacy. If you have been following me & have a growth outlook, you may eventually…

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How to Get Passive Income with Little or No Tax

By Ed Rempel | June 20, 2023

Can you really make money while you sleep with little or no tax? Covid changed most of our working habits, in that many people stayed home, while others felt the financial pinch of the pandemic. New paradigms arose, such as creating wealth, without work.  Passive income started becoming a conversation not just with people who invest, but with people thinking about retiring or who hadn’t even thought about making money this way before. In my latest YouTube video and podcast episode, I talk about all the ways to create passive income, and how to do it effectively & tax-efficiently. You’ll learn: I…

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How To Be Smart With Your Money In Your 20s & 30s

By Ed Rempel | June 13, 2023

Want to teach your kids to be smart with their money? Then you’ll want to send them my latest video and podcast episode with an introduction into the world of finance. There are a million things to know. These are the few important ones, based on my Unconventional Wisdom. Whether you’re thinking about buying a car or a home, paying off student debt, or saving for retirement, there’s so many things in life to do with your money. My job is to help you think strategically about how to live your life (the way you want), while being able to invest for…

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Are You Poor, Middle Class Or Wealthy?

By Ed Rempel | June 6, 2023

Are you poor, middle class or wealthy? After seeing the finances of thousands of people, I’ve noticed patterns to determine if someone is poor, middle class or wealthy. In my latest YouTube video and podcast episode you’ll learn where you fit along the spectrum of wealth, how each thinks and invests differently, and how you can become one of the wealthy! Here’s what I cover: I hope you enjoy it! Ed

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Smith Manoeuvre AFTER You Retire

By Ed Rempel | May 30, 2023

What do you do with the Smith Manoeuvre AFTER you retire? My latest video and podcast episode is for you if you already know the basics of the Smith Manoeuvre. You have been doing this strategy for awhile, you’ve converted your mortgage to tax deductible, and you’re thinking about retiring. You’ve got a big investment portfolio and this tax deductible credit line, what do you do now? Discover 5 strategies that we suggest to our clients, and how you can implement them to your advantage! I hope you enjoy it! Ed

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