How the coronavirus pandemic could change the way we think about retirement in Canada + MORE May 4th

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Is it best to own a first home as an income property or primary residence? + MORE Jun 1st

 Q. I would like to know whether it is better, financially speaking, to own my first house as an income property, or as my primary residence in Ontario. I am single, living with my parents, earn a steady income and have $80,000 in savings. I’ve already purchased a new-construction freehold townho.... More »

Mapping out a clear path for your investments at retirement May 11th

Q. I retired last year at age 60 and am fortunate to have defined benefit pension, which I can live off comfortably. I have accumulated some savings, which I am now looking to invest more productively. My risk tolerance is on the low end—a 2 out of 5 based on an online survey I completed. My goal .... More »
Over the past few decades, the concept of retirement has grown increasingly more sophisticated. Canadians preparing for retirement have been able to contemplate a variety of highly personalized approaches—from early (or even very early) retirement; to active, phased, or working retirement; and more. 
All of these variations on the retirement theme have been built on a relatively steady set of economic conditions and assumptions: that housing and financial markets will remain stable, the economy will continue to function, and Canadians will continue to pay the Canada Pension Plan premiums and income taxes that keep CPP and Old Age Security payments flowing. 
But what happens to retirement when the world is grappling with a global pandemic and the resulting worldwide economic fallout? Here are three ways the coronavirus could reshape retirement in Canada. 
The movement towards “early retirement” will dwindle as employment security drops—and the average retirement age creeps up
Many of these newer approaches to retirement assume that if retirement goes wrong, retirees have fallbacks to rescue their finances, whether that’s returning to paid employment, harvesting home equity, or counting on continued asset growth to help meet budget shortfalls…

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Is the coronavirus-induced bear market reason to delay retirement? Some financial experts and commentators suggest Baby Boomers may be forced to set back their retirement by up to five years because of the effect lower stock prices have on retirement nest eggs. 
But it really depends on personal circumstances and aspirations.
The good news is those with Defined Benefit (DB) pensions may not have to delay Retirement at all: “So long as the pension plan is healthy and well-funded, their retirement plan should remain intact,” says Aaron Hector, vice-president of Calgary-based Doherty & Bryant Financial Strategists.
However, those counting on their own nest eggs to fund retirement “have more reason to be concerned,” Hector cautions. “Valuations have fallen and some companies will be forced to reduce or cut their dividends, which will put a damper on income sources. For them, it would come down to whether or not they had previously built up an adequate cushion to allow for this market correction…

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