South Shore Breaker

Five smart options for your tax refund

- KEVIN DOREY kevin.dorey@edwardjone­ @Saltwirene­twork Kevin Dorey is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Based In Tantallon, Kevin specialize­s in helping individual­s reach their serious, long-term investment goals. Edward Jones is a member of the

You may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you're expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money?

Here are five smart strategies for your tax refund.

Pay down some debt - At some time or another, most of us probably feel we're carrying too much debt. If you can use your tax refund to help reduce your monthly debt payments, you'll improve your cash flow and possibly have more money to invest for the future.

Build an emergency fund If you are faced with a large or unexpected expense how would you pay for it? If you did not have the cash readily available, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investment­s. To help avoid this problem, you could create an emergency fund with the additional money.

Look for other investment opportunit­ies - If you have some gaps in your portfolio, or some opportunit­ies to improve your overall diversific­ation, you might want to use your tax refund to add some new investment­s.

Save for retirement Whether you have an employer-sponsored plan, an individual retirement plan or both, putting some of that refund money toward retirement can pay off in the long run. It's a great opportunit­y to start or continue to build your nest egg.

Invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) If you have children, it might be a good time to start saving for their future education needs. It might be the perfect time to start preparing for the day when your child is ready for post-secondary school.

A refund gives you a chance to improve your overall financial picture. Whatever strategy you decide to use, I can help you weigh your options and choose a course of action that makes the most sense for you.

 ?? ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada