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How do the RRSP contribution carry forward rules work? Nov 2nd

If I have $25,000 contribution room left in my RRSP, can I take that all at once plus my regular RRSP contribution of $27,230 for the tax year 2020? Effectively making a contribution of $57,230 to my RRSP?— Lorraine The rules around RRSP contribution room  As soon as a taxpayer starts t.... More »
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Registered vs unregistered accounts: Where retirees should make withdrawals + MORE May 25th

Ask MoneySense We are in the age bracket where we need to take RRIF withdrawals every year. I am 81, and my husband is 82. We also have an unregistered account. We need to withdraw additional money to pay our expenses. We have already taken the mandatory withdrawal for this year from our RRIF. .... More »

We’re living longer—here are two ways to boost retirement savings and income + MORE Jan 18th

Maybe you’re taking your first steps towards saving for retirement. Or maybe you’re in the home stretch. Either way, you will likely be using a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). This Canadian tax-sheltered savings account is more than six decades old, and it has formed the backbone of r.... More »
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I’m decades from retirement. Do I really need to contribute to my RRSP? + MORE Mar 15th

The biggest issue with contributing to an RRSP too early is the need down the road to withdraw the money for expenses other than retirement that come along, says experts.... More »

Financial planning in your 70s + MORE Oct 12th

When most people think about financial planning, they think about saving and investing for retirement. That is certainly a part of it, but financial planning is much more holistic. Here are a few financial planning strategies for those approaching or into their 70s. If you are not there yet, bookmar.... More »
Bitcoin believers beware: the crypto investment is far too risky for most portfoliosWith retirement saving on the line, cryptocurrency is still too speculative for your average investor due to its underlying lack of fundamental values

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During my working life, I transferred non-registered investment shares through a spousal loan to my wife (a stay-at-home mother). At the time of transfer, I declared the capital gain and paid the corresponding tax on the gain on the difference between the FMV (fair market value) and the ACB (adjusted cost base). We also set up additional spousal loans from time to time from savings from my executive compensation.

Now that I am retired and can split my pension income with my wife, there is no more need for the spousal loans. Should we keep the spousal loans going? She pays me the prescribed rate interest annually, and I declare this on my income annually. What is the best strategy to have the spousal loans reimbursed to minimize taxes? The market value of the investments, including non-realized capital gain now exceeds the loan amount?

I have seen advice on setting up a spousal loan for investments, but I can’t find much on the need to reimburse one and how to do so.


How to set up a spousal loan in Canada—and what not to do

Thanks for your question, Ghislain…

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Kyle Prevost, editor of Million Dollar Journey and founder of the Canadian Financial Summit, shares financial headlines and offers context for Canadian investors.

Banking on stability and caution

Canadian investors love their banks. Year in and year out, banks provide dependable dividend growth and solid long-term share price increases as well. They also make up a massive part of any Canadian index fund, as well as the bulk of Canadian pension funds.

So, when the banks pull back the curtains to reveal how business is doing, we take notice.

With a set of mixed results, the main takeaway appears to be that the Big 6 (BMO, CIBC, National Bank, RBC, Scotiabank and TD) looked at the economic storm clouds on the horizon and decided to batten down the hatches. 

By provisioning more of their profits for default loans, the news wasn’t as good as recent previous quarters. That said, these conglomerates continue to tick along cautiously, dependably spinning off free cash flow…

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