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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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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #8

Investments, Personal Finance

At the risk of sounding nitpicky, governments don’t pay for anything. Working Canadians do. Taxpayers do. Taxes are directed to certain areas of need. Growing needs and rising costs means that there isn’t enough public money to go around. That reality is hitting retirees and will hit them harder as time goes on.

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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #7

Investments, Personal Finance

You’ll have enough money to last through retirement as long as the average rate of return matches your plan

Some rules of thumb and long held assumptions may work well while you are saving for retirement. Holding on to them when you are spending those savings during retirement may become toxic to your financial health.

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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #6

Investments, Personal Finance

You need that initial level of retirement income, indexed for the rest of your life.

I’m sure you can come up with a list of things that don’t fit the “set it and forget it” philosophy. Set the cruise control and forget it. Set the room temperature and forget it. Invest in a certain investment that has a particular risk associated with it and forget it. You need to make adjustments as the situation changes, as your needs and priorities change. Retirement income planning works like that.

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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #5

Investments, Personal Finance

How much income will you need during retirement? The myths and misunderstandings continue, despite growing evidence and research that debunk them.

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Ten Retirement Myths Series: Myth #4

Investments, Personal Finance

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.

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