Making sense of the markets this week: July 3 + MORE Jul 6th

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Watch: 4 things to consider before putting your money in a TFSA or RRSP Sep 28th

You know both can help lower how much income tax you pay—both are registered accounts, after all—but how do you decide whether to put your money into a tax-free savings account (TFSA) or a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP)? Watch this video to learn about the four things to consider befo.... More »

Can a LIRA be transferred to an RRSP with no contribution room in Ontario? Aug 10th

Can 50% of my LIRA be transferred to my RRSP if I do not have contribution room in Ontario Canada? Is it better to transfer to an RRSP or RRIF if funds are not needed and are used for investment purposes?—Katherine How much can you transfer from a LIRA to an RRSP? Katherine, Ontario resident.... More »

U.S. withholding tax in an RRSP for Canadians + MORE Aug 3rd

I have EPD stock in my RRSP for their dividend payments (about 7%). What a surprise I had—even when in an RRSP—I had to pay about 30% tax on these dividends. EPD is registered in Louisiana. —Wanda How much is withholding tax on U.S. dividends? I am going to provide a brief summary of U..... More »

Why GICs might be a better investment than stocks and bonds Aug 17th

Financial markets have fallen quite dramatically in 2022, and that has made choosing investments even more difficult than usual. The turmoil has made many investors nervous about investing in stocks. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) was down nearly 10% for the first half of 2022, and the S&P 500.... More »
I’m an 82-year-old widowed woman, and my savings are depleting fast. I feel privileged, as I have the luxury of owning my own two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo.

I have two options: to selI and rent a one-bedroom apartment, probably starting at $2,000 a month, or staying in my home and getting a reverse mortgage. Do you recommend reverse mortgages in spite of high interest? I wouldn’t be eligible for a HELOC as I have no income, other than my pension and what I take out of my RRIF. 

Most people recoil at the idea of a reverse mortgage. I have been searching for independent advice on this subject, but most advisers have a vested interest in selling me something, i.e. the bank, mortgage brokers, etc. 

–Laurie

Why retirees might consider a reverse mortgage

I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with this decision, Laurie. I can imagine it is stressful. I will try to walk through the considerations of selling versus a reverse mortgage. 

As an 82-year-old woman, you have a 50% probability of living another 10 years…

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While regular “Making sense of the markets” columnist Kyle Prevost is on vacation, Dale Roberts and I are filling in. Dale’s piece ran last week, and it’s my turn this week. Dale will return next week, after which a well-rested Kyle will resume. 

Speaking of Dale, this week he wrote an interesting article for Seeking Alpha, titled “If I could only own 10 stocks.” Six are Canadian, the other four are American. Since he’s in semi-retirement, his picks may appeal to income-seeking retirees, perhaps supplemented by broad-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like the ones Dale helps pick for the MoneySense ETF All-stars, of which he is a panellist. 

The case for checking your statements seldom or never

Canada’s financial markets are closed July 1 for Canada Day. And U.S. markets will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. 

Stock markets are clearly still in a nasty bear mode. Unlike the fastest bear market ever back in early 2020 that was caused by the pandemic, I suspect this one will linger…

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