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Category Archive for: ‘Retirement Planning’

How Much Money You Will Need To Retire

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The 2013 Summer edition of MoneySense magazine offers a chart on how much money you will need to retire. Naturally, …

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Turn Your Retirement Dreams into Reality!

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Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to. That’s a profound statement by Harry Emerson Fosdick, who was …

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Income Opportunities For Seniors

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  (This article was originally published in the Stettler Weekender, January 2012) With savings accounts and GIC rates near historic …

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Are You Living on Income or Cash Flow?

Retirement This Way

  Ask any retiree what they want from their investments, and they’re likely to give the same answer; income.  That …

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Filling the Retirement Income Gap


Most people would prefer to retire sooner than later, but uncertainties have made ‘later’ more of a reality today than …

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Is Retirement Planning a Waste of Time?

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Peter Drake, the vice-president of retirement & economic research for Fidelity Investments has found that only a fraction of people …

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The Cost of Retirement

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  Financial Advisor magazine has a helpful look at planning for the cost of retirement, acknowledging the many moving parts …

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RRSPs Aren’t For Everyone

RRSPs aren't for everyone

As a follow-up to our previous post about Preet Banjeree asking whether seniors were better off investing in RRSPs or …

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Seniors May Be Better Off Investing in TFSAs Than RRSPs


  Preet Banerjee, Host of Million Dollar Neighbourhood and Globe & Mail columnist, briefly explains in black and white why …

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RRSP Tip #3: Preparing For A Comfortable Retirement

Ideally, maximizing your savings pool is a lifelong task, despite the fact that many Canadians are financially short-sighted. Statistics Canada …

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RRSP Tip #2: Spousal RRSPs

Spousal RRSPs are a good opportunity to take advantage of Canada’s graduated income tax system for equalizing retirement income between …

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RRSP Tip #1: RRSP Contributions

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This post isn’t as much a “tip” as a brief primer on earned income. RRSP contributions are based in part …

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Five truths about RRSPs

RRSPs aren't for everyone

This post is a condensed version of the article published in the February/March 2013 issue of MoneySense ( Fewer  Canadians …

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Guaranteed Retirement Income For Life

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For many Canadians, relying on a defined benefit pension plan for guaranteed income is a thing of the past. Certainly, …

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Canada’s Retirement Landscape

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In Canada’s retirement landscape, few Canadians have the luxury of employer pensions plans that guarantee income for life, wondering where …

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Convert Your RRSP to a RRIF


Baby Boomers, the cohort born between 1947 and 1966, are entering their retirement years.  The average retirement age in Canada …

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Back-to-Back Annuities – An Alternative Fixed Income Option, Part 2

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Yes – you can leave it all behind The insurance aspect of the back-to-back annuity works well for estate planning …

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Annuities – An Alternative Fixed Income Option, Part 1

Annuity 2

Set them up and leave them alone.  That’s the ‘plus’ for these low-risk and high-yield investments that provide a guaranteed …

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When Should I Begin CPP Income?

My Pension Fund

One conundrum for people approaching age 60 is when they should start receiving Canada Pension Plan (CPP) payments. Like the …

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Myths around Death & Taxes

Tax Stress

Though none of us will avoid death or taxes, many of us will be living much longer than Canadians did …

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