This 34-year-old hospital worker has three kids and a mortgage to pay off. Making $104,000 a year, he wants to save $50K each for his kids. How can he start? + MORE Dec 22nd

Retirement planning getting you down? There are always smart ways to plan the financial aspects of your retirement.
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Marriage or mortgage: Which is the better investment? Mar 30th

Weddings can be expensive, but so can many of the things that come after a wedding—like a home purchase, starting a family and saving for retirement. And so money is an important relationship issue even before a couple ties the knot.  Both weddings and home purchases can both cause people to thin.... More »

Downsizing vs reverse mortgage: which option is right for you? Feb 2nd

For many Canadians approaching retirement, their home is by far their largest asset. With detached homes in major cities selling for well above $1 million, it’s not surprising that owners expect to tap into that equity to help fund their golden years, prompting the common refrain: “My home is my.... More »
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How much has the pandemic hurt your retirement plans? We delve into the retirement portfolios of two couples hit hard by COVID-19 to see what damage was done + MORE Feb 16th

We start with Deborah and Daryl Burton, a Toronto twosome in their early 70s who both contracted COVID-19 early in the pandemic..... More »

How to maximize your last-minute RRSP contribution + MORE Jan 26th

Mark your calendars: the deadline for Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contributions for the 2020 tax year is March 1, 2021. But before you rush to deposit your money in a GIC or high-interest RRSP savings account at a local bank and call it a win, you should know there are other options th.... More »
This 34-year-old hospital worker has three kids and a mortgage to pay off. Making $104,000 a year, he wants to save $50K each for his kids. How can he start?Mel would also like to save enough for retirement, at least $1 million each for him and his wife, and also purchase a second real estate property to rent out.

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Unlike your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), which must start winding down the end of the year you turn 71, you can keep contributing to your tax-free savings account (TFSA) for as long as you live. Even if you make it past age 100, you can keep adding $6,000 (plus any future inflation adjustments) every year.
Also unlike RRSPs, contributions to tax-free savings accounts are not calculated based on previous (or current) year’s earned income, says Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager for Vancouver-based Lycos Asset Management Inc. Any Canadian age 18 or older with a Social Insurance Number (SIN) can contribute to TFSAs. 
Most near-retirees will have more investible wealth in RRSPs, since they’ve been around since 1957, while TFSAs started much more recently, in 2009. Once you turn 71, there are three options for collapsing an RRSP, although most people think only of the one offering the most continuity with an RRSP: the registered retirement income fund, or RRIF (more on this below)…

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