We provide comprehensive advice to affluent families, foundations, and institutions across Canada.
In 1994, with 20 years of experience as a well-respected voice in the industry, John Nicola formed Nicola Wealth Management (NWM), a firm dedicated to serving the complex needs of high net worth families, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Not satisfied with the existing approach and believing a more sophisticated level of planning was necessary, Nicola Wealth Management has made innovation a foundational cornerstone and continues to find ways to improve client returns and their experience.
Starting out with 7 staff and $80-million in assets under management, NWM refined and developed its integrated approach to wealth management, including investments, risk management, tax planning, estate planning, and more.
Today, the firm manages $5-billion in assets, operates with over 140 staff, and has four offices (Vancouver, Kelowna, Richmond, and Toronto), advising institutions and high net worth families of all professions and backgrounds.
Innovation & Integration
At the time the firm opened its doors, there was a severe lack of sophistication in the nascent wealth management industry. Business owners were sold insurance and told to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds, but it was nothing more than a slightly enhanced version of what an average investor would do.
With a keen understanding of the financial industry, its many vehicles, and the elaborate rules and regulations involved, the firm now challenges conventional wisdom, implementing a specialized planning approach.
- Build assets outside of your business that are not correlated to your company’s future performance.
- Reassess your compensation structure; in most cases, taking a salary and buying RRSPs is a less than ideal approach for incorporated professionals and business owners to maximize family income.
- Ensure your investment portfolio generates cash flow that is likely to be at least 50% of its long-term potential return.
- Design your life insurance to be an asset class, and more than just a risk management tool.
- Ensure your structure is tax efficient both now and with respect to your ultimate estate.
Instead of simply marketing various investments and insurance products, NWM’s team of advisors considers all parts of a client’s financial situation. Investments, insurance, compensation, taxes, estate planning, and charitable giving were all measured together to create a comprehensive financial plan that takes full advantage of a client’s unique circumstances.
The firm invites clients’ accountants, lawyers and other advisors to meetings and makes a point of committing to constant communication and coordination with our clients’ professional team -, ensuring that all parties are on the same page and that all strategies were being implemented in the client’s best interest.
From being one of the first Canadian firms to embrace a fee-based structure, to creating unique access to institutional-class investments for its clients, this focus on innovation and building offerings “from our client’s perspective out” has been a guiding principle for the firm’s continued growth and a hallmark of its success.
Awards & Recognition
2016 Private Business Growth Award
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Canada's Top 100 Small & Medium Employers
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies
Private Asset Management Awards