Retirement and the “where” factor

Have you thought about where you’ll enjoy your retirement? Hundreds of thousands of Canadian retirees believe the best place to spend winter is in the U.S. Sun Belt and other warm destinations. Many purchase vacation properties in Canada where they stay for long stretches throughout the year. Some are quite happy to stay put and others move…

Prepare your executor

Unless you prepare properly, your executor could end up feeling more like a detective. Where are receipts for the final tax return? Where’s the life insurance policy? What, there’s an old bank account from 20 years ago? The job of the executor is involved enough without having to search for information and documents that could’ve…

How RRIFs work?

By Joy Blenman and Sun Life Staff A registered retirement income fund (RRIF) is a common way to turn your retirement savings into income. But what is a RRIF and how does it work?  Here are some important facts you need to know. Most Canadians understand the importance of putting money into their RRSPs. There is,…

When should you start CPP/QPP and OAS benefits?

Start government benefits sooner and you collect a smaller monthly benefit, but right away and for a longer time. Delay the start and you receive a larger monthly benefit, but must bridge the waiting period with other resources. Knowing when to start isn’t always easy, and even many financial experts offer vastly different opinions. Some…

Ways to use a TFSA in retirement

During income-earning years, a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) can be used to fund numerous expenses – a child’s education, family trips, a wedding, just about anything. Once you retire, you’ll discover that a TFSA is just as versatile, helping you to meet a variety of needs unique to retirement. Continue to contribute Many people in…

How to minimize tax on retirement income

When you’re retired, you need an income strategy that balances today’s cash flow needs with an investment strategy to safeguard your ability to produce income in the future. Tax-saving strategies You will also want to pay as little tax as possible so that you keep more of your hard-earned savings. Here are four ideas to help you…

What’s your retirement personality?

If you take a minute to think about any retired individuals or couples you know of, you’ll probably note a variety of different retirement lifestyles and personalities. There are adventurers, flying off to tour Spain, returning home to visit their children and grandchildren, then taking off to Iceland. There are the happy homebodies, quite content…

Registered retirement income fund (RRIF)

Convert your savings into flexible retirement income Access your money when you need it, for whatever you need it for in retirement. What is a RRIF? It’s like a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) in reverse. An RRSP helps you save for retirement through annual contributions. A RRIF does the opposite, requiring you to take…

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