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Preparing for the future and providing for the next generation requires thoughtful and multifaceted planning, with consideration given to a range of different factors. In this edition of Perspectives, we focus on youth as our overarching theme, exploring topics we believe are relevant, timely, and valuable for families with children and grandchildren of all ages — from early years to teenagers, post-secondary to young adults.

The term “Millennials,” representing those roughly between the ages of 15 and 29, has been making recent headlines, becoming the largest percentage of the workforce and beginning to outnumber the Baby Boomers. In fact, by the year 2020, one in three adults will be a Millennial. With this in mind, it’s clear how integral financial literacy is for the next generation. This edition includes a comprehensive feature on smart financial management that focuses on four key age groupings, offering central concepts for families to focus on, along with practical tips, tools, and resources.

In addition, with post-secondary education costs almost tripling in the last 20 years, how best to finance this important investment is top of mind for many families. We will explore the benefits of establishing and withdrawing RESPs, as well as key strategies to maximize your investments. We have also compiled a useful reference guide with tax-planning tips for students.

Another important topic in today’s technology-driven world is cyber security for adults, youth, and children. This edition includes an insightful article to help educate your family about the best ways to stay safe in online environments. We also look at health from physical, social, and emotional perspectives, offering tips for a simplified approach to family nutrition, discussing the value of the summer camp experience, and examining mental health among Millennials.

Our RBC Foundation is likewise committed to the well-being of future generations through youth-focused initiatives, a few of which we have highlighted in this issue; we also share some exciting news about the RBC Race for the Kids series.

I am also happy to announce that Perspectives is now available in an online format. This marks an important step in our ongoing efforts to improve the ease with which clients can access information and reduce our paper footprint. If you are interested in subscribing to the online version, please email perspectives@rbc.com.

Please enjoy this edition of Perspectives. I hope it will provide practical value for you and your family. I encourage you to connect with your RBC Wealth Management Advisor to discuss how they can help you and the younger generations in your family reach your wealth planning objectives.


David Agnew, CEO
RBC Wealth Management Canada

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