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The GIC Laddering Strategy: Reach for Returns with Safety
When you save for retirement through investing, you have two main goals: to grow your money but also to protect what you put in from being wiped out.
So, for most people, it makes sense to put a portion of their money into fixed-income products that keep their principal safe and provide a steady stream of income, usually through interest.
One type of fixed-income product is a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC).
One downside is that regular GICs carry a penalty if the owner wants to “cash” them before the date they reach maturity. A strategy to consider is to “ladder” several GICs.
What is a GIC?
A GIC is an investment that has a set term, and you get repaid with interest for your trouble while protecting your principal (as long as the institution doesn’t default and is a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation).
You can get GICs with terms ranging from one month up to 10 years. Usually, the longer the term, the higher the interest rate.
A GIC can be held in several types of savings plans, such as registered accounts like an RRSP or TFSA…

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