Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #5

The myth of never touching your capital starts when people are working and saving for retirement. Some become conscientious savers, never touching their nest egg. That mentality spills over into retirement. Changing habits can be hard. Retirement myth #5: Never touch your capital. Conventional thinking and approaches often work on keeping your assets intact during retirement. […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #4

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #4

How much income will you need during retirement? The myths and misunderstandings continue, despite growing evidence and research that debunk them. Retirement myth #4: You need 70-85% of your current income in retirement. Retirement myth #4: You need 70-85% of your current income in retirement. A growing number of analysts and researchers on retirement income […]

Ride out volatility with a systematic approach

Ride out volatility with a systematic approach

A systematic investing plan provides discipline and the potential for better returns. Investors who watch the markets closely can get dizzy tracking all the ups and downs – and, as prices fluctuate, often unpredictably, it can be hard to stay focused on long-term plans. When markets drop, it can be very difficult to fight the […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #3

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #3

How much is enough? Books have been written on the subject of retirement and what you need to save. Myths abound on this question. Here’s one to consider: I need $500K, $1M, $2M to retire. Retirement myth #3: I need $500,000, $1 Million, $2 Million to retire. The fact is that your “number” can vary greatly […]

How to save money as you head into retirement

How to save money as you head into retirement

By Cathie Ericson As retirement gets closer, your budget, priorities and lifestyle habits may change. Here’s how you can adapt to those changes and save money along the way. How do you picture retirement? Is it adventures with the grandkids? Vacations with friends? That sounds idyllic, but it’s not always realistic portrayal of retirement. According […]

Financial myths and realities: Succession planning

Financial myths and realities: Succession planning

By Patricia Dubois There are many money myths around, and Sun Life advisors have heard nearly all of them. Here are 2 about succession planning – and the realities behind them. There’s no shortage of misconceptions about money. Well-meaning but mistaken people often spread them to family and friends, and sometimes even try to insist […]

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #2

Ten retirement myths series: Myth #2

It’s surprising, even shocking, that with all of the attention devoted to an aging society and the need to save for retirement, that so few people are inspired to get started; and then save so little. Many do have a doom and gloom attitude about retirement. Myths aren’t helping matters. Retirement myth #2: I’ll never […]

The Family Dollar Juggling Act

The Family Dollar Juggling Act

Financial Facts 2020 – Quebec

Financial Facts 2020 – Quebec

Due to COVID 19 the RRIF minimum withdrawal has been modified down. See the 2020 rates at the end of this article Age 2020 RRIF Factors 55 2.15% 56 2.21% 57 2.27% 58 2.35% 59 2.42% 60 2.50% 61 2.59% 62 2.68% 63 2.78% 64 2.89% Age 2020 RRIF Factors 65 3.00% 66 3.13% 67 […]

It Pays to Stay Invested…

It Pays to Stay Invested…

Saving taxes on RRIF withdrawals

Saving taxes on RRIF withdrawals

Income from a RRIF qualifies for the $2,000 pension credit on your income tax return. You can take out as much as you want from a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) since there’s no maximum, but keep in mind that every dollar out is considered taxable income in that year. This is why many retirees […]

How to budget to save more for retirement

How to budget to save more for retirement

Is it worth compromising your lifestyle today for a richer life in the future? Many people share the same concerns about retirement planning – the volatility of the markets, longer life expectancies, not having enough to live comfortably in the future, and so on. With all these in mind, where can you find the extra […]

Financial tips for a young adult with more independence

Financial tips for a young adult with more independence

It’s happened. Your child has flown the nest and has settled in a college or university. With this increased independence, you may want to teach your child about finances by alerting them to a couple of key danger areas in managing money: spending more than they can afford and abusing credit cards. Keep a budget […]

For love and money

For love and money

Talking about money in a new(ish) relationship. Growing into a relationship is partly about discovering the things two people have in common – from favourite activities and hobbies to shared attitudes and beliefs. And, while it may not be one of the first subjects to come up, the topic of money is bound to surface […]

Consider the potential taxes when you plan your estate

Consider the potential taxes when you plan your estate

Many Canadians save and invest not just to build a better future for themselves but also to leave a financial legacy for their children or grandchildren. Without proper planning, however, much of that legacy could wind up going to the government in the form of taxes. For example, suppose you own a vacation property (that […]

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

Why stay invested (even in a down market)?

The following graph shows the rolling returns (returns over X consecutive years) for 1, 5, 10 and 20 years. The green lines are positive returns and the red are negative returns. Each consecutive line shows more green lines and fewer red lines thus showing that the longer you stayed invested, the better chance of positive […]

RETIREMENT READY?

RETIREMENT READY?

RETIREMENT READY?

You want to balance your mortgage, kids’ education, and retirement savings. Are you saving enough to meet your goals and be ready for retirement?

Financial planning for special needs children

Financial planning for special needs children

How to support their care for a lifetime. Most families are concerned about planning for their children’s financial futures, but for families with special needs children, financial planning strategies have a different and often more complex dimension. The cost of supporting an individual with special needs adds up quickly – from therapies, medical equipment and special […]

Age, Gender and Retirement Perspectives

Age, Gender and Retirement Perspectives

Do you think that retirement for you and future generations will be significantly different than it is for current retirees? If you say, “yes”, you’re not alone. Most consumers anticipate meaningful differences. Thoughts, expectations, confidence and planning do differ when considering age and gender. Here are some recent findings shared with permission from the LIMRA […]

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRSP

Guaranteed Income for Life – RRSP

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