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Retirement Planning

Planning for market volatility

In the early months of 2020, the coronavirus outbreak led to a sudden market meltdown—only to be followed by a surprisingly quick recovery by the summer. Not long after, in 2022, equity markets around the world entered bear market territory. In 2023, the markets rallied. It’s no wonder that many investors today have volatility on […]

Navigating the retirement risk zone is personal

It’s called the retirement risk zone—the period of several years before your retirement date and the initial years of your retirement. The risk is a severe market downturn and its impact on your retirement savings. A falling market just before retirement could cause unprepared investors to postpone their retirement or modify their desired retirement lifestyle. If […]

Is an RRSP still worthwhile?

There’s a myth that surfaces every once in a while. It suggests a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) isn’t worthwhile because of the tax on eventual withdrawals. The myth is based on comparing RRSPs and non-registered accounts only by the taxation of withdrawals. All RRSP or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) withdrawals are taxed as […]

When you retire, financial literacy expands

Wealth planning doesn’t retire when you do—it just changes. Now financial life is largely about making the most of the wealth you’ve accumulated. You’ll be learning about new rules, products and strategies that involve a broad range of financial considerations. Fortunately, your expanding financial literacy doesn’t have to happen all at once. You can acquire […]

Is downsizing the right decision?

When retirement is on the horizon or you’re already retired, you may start to think about downsizing. Often, it’s a difficult decision that involves considering a variety of financial, psychological and practical factors. Selling versus staying Homeowners are commonly motivated to sell when their home represents a sizable proportion of their net worth and they […]

Should you delay your OAS pension?

Last summer, Old Age Security (OAS) benefits permanently increased for the first time in almost 50 years. The payment increase is 10% and applies to seniors aged 75 and older. This increase gets a further boost when seniors delay starting their OAS benefits. Monthly payments increase by 0.6% for each month you delay payments beyond […]

Managing your RRIF withdrawals effectively

Each year, you’re required to make a minimum Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) withdrawal, calculated as a percentage of your RRIF assets. The percentage is based on your age, and it increases each year. Every withdrawal is taxed as regular income, but several strategies can help reduce the impact of the tax liability. Use your […]

What to do when Retirement approaches

When retirement arrives, you want to enjoy this new chapter in your life – not start off with a multitude of financial decisions and to-dos. You can have comfort instead of chores by taking care of a few financial matters as retirement is approaching. Assess insurance needs When your working years end and you no […]