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Peter Wouters

Directeur, Planification fiscale et successorale et planification de la retraite, Gestion de patrimoine
Placements Empire Vie

Recent Posts

Life & Money Matters: Top Retirement Planning Concerns

Investments, Personal Finance

Media headlines and market uncertainty have left many aging investors with the feeling “I’m worried that I won’t have enough”. In this first segment of Life & Money Matters, Peter shares some of the top retirement planning concerns among investors.

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Five basics about managing money

Investments, Personal Finance

A disturbing number of aging Canadians today aren’t saving or aren’t saving enough for retirement.1 They are seeking financial freedom. That’s not freedom from money. It’s the kind of freedom they feel when they can do what they want to do and when they want to do it. Yet we all know that how we manage, invest and spend our money can have a huge impact on our life and our lifestyle.

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Converting assets into income

Investments, Personal Finance

Life is about choices - having them and deciding which ones work best for you. Retirees, for example, often feel that they must choose from a few possible alternatives for converting their retirement assets into income:

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Retirees' Three Dominant Concerns

Investments, Personal Finance

Retirees have three dominant concerns:

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Retire later: What a difference a year makes

Investments, Personal Finance

Going, going, gone are the days when we are forced into retirement because we hit a certain age. And boomers are redefining what that "R" word means to them. Retirement isn't about hitting a certain age or completely quitting what you have been doing. It may involve work, albeit perhaps on different terms or in a different field. It may mean adjusting that planned retirement date. There’s no shame in that. Late savers especially may need to consider what a difference an extra year of work can make in their lives.

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When do people retire and why?

Investments, Personal Finance

There is no normal retirement date anymore. There is no hard-fast retirement date everyone has to hit. The answer to the question; "when will you retire?" is becoming a very individual decision, and one you need to plan for and periodically stress test to make sure it's still going to work for you. Here's what we do know. 

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Registered Retirement Plans with named beneficiaries: Lessons and Considerations

Investments, Personal Finance

In my last post, I shared the issue of naming an adult, independent child as a beneficiary of a registered retirement plan, (either a Registered Retirement Savings Plan or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (income version). (see Registered Retirement Plans with Named Beneficiaries: Unintended Consequences ) You may wish to avoid paying probate and estate costs on your plan. You may want to make the transfer as seamless and efficiently as possible. You may want to leave someone something extra. One issue is that the person receiving the money usually pays no tax. The estate usually pays the tax. The Canada Revenue Agency first looks to the estate to pay any income taxes owing. Only when there are insufficient monies in the estate, does the Canada Revenue Agency assess the beneficiary of the registered retirement plan for any balance owing. That means the beneficiaries in the will shoulder the tax bill. Is that the intention?

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Registered Retirement Plans with named beneficiaries: Unintended Consequences

Investments, Personal Finance

Let’s say you’re single, divorced or widowed. You have saved up some money for retirement. Perhaps you are already retired and are taking out an income from your registered plan. You may not get to spend all of your savings during your lifetime. Where does the balance go?

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Accumulating money - 3 things you need

Investments, Personal Finance

We hear so much from the media that we are not saving enough for retirement. This message is beaten into the minds of middle and upper middle income Canadians. Saving for retirement is tough, considering all the demands you have now. Investment choices are mind boggling. And rates of return rule the roost.

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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #9

Investments, Personal Finance

I can deal with a shortfall in retirement savings by working longer or taking up some part time work.

Recent studies have found that almost half of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned. Downsizing, layoffs and negative working conditions were some of the reasons. People ages 55 plus have an average of more than 13 months on unemployment. That’s almost 5 months longer than younger people looking for jobs. (Source: Associated Press, AARP Public Policy Institute 2012)

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