This is what’s protecting your pension + MORE Sep 30th

Retirement planning getting you down? There are always smart ways to plan the financial aspects of your retirement.
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Can I receive a share of my ex’s military pension? + MORE Dec 16th

Q: I was married to a Navy man, went through mediation and it was in our divorce settlement that I was entitled to receive half of his military pension. I thought I had to wait until he turned 65 to be entitled to half but I’ve been told that as soon as he left the Navy he was getting his pension..... More »

Pension income splitting explained Jan 20th

Q: I am 62 years old and I receive a pension from my work. At the same time, I am still working part time. My question is can I split my pension with my husband who is 64 years old? He is retired with no pension from his work. I would appreciate if you can educate me regarding income splitting. .... More »
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What’s the right retirement asset mix if you have a DB pension? + MORE Mar 10th

(Shutterstock) Q: When calculating your asset mix can you include a pension as part of your bond/cash holdings in a portfolio with a 60% equity, 20% bond and 20% cash mix? If you had a pension that was paying $50,000 a year this would be equal to a million dollar GIC at 5%. —B. McLeod A: Hi B. Mc.... More »

The best way to transfer RESP money to an RRSP + MORE Jan 6th

Q: When transferring my unused RESP accumulated income into my RRSP, am I able to do it as is, i.e. bank stocks, or do I have to cash them in and transfer as cash? —Johanna A: If you end up with money in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) that you can’t use for a child’s education, .... More »
Millennials have a six-figure start on retirement saving. Here’s howThose born between 1981 and 1997 and who have participated in their company’s pension plan for 10 years have an average balance of $109,400, says a new study.

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As most people are well aware, job security in the private sector is often problematic in these days of corporate restructurings and mergers. This can extend even into the realm of employer pensions. It’s one thing to receive an inflation-indexed Defined Benefit pension sponsored by the government or a strong union, particularly if the pension is ultimately backstopped by taxpayers.
It’s quite another thing in the private sector. As the recipient of two modest employer DB pensions, the ultimate insecurity of such arrangements doesn’t always make for sound sleep. Fortunately, residents of the Province of Ontario are among the few Canadians who benefit from something called the Ontario Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF).
Established in 1980, the PBGF covers more than 1,500 DB plans and 1.1 million members in the province. Participation is mandatory for most DB plans registered in Ontario. Initially, the PBFG provided a floor on the first $1,000 a month of pension income but in May 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Finance announced that “in the event that a pension plan is not fully funded and the employer is bankrupt, the government will be increasing the monthly guarantee provided by the Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund for a plan member’s pension by 50%, to $1,500 from $1,000…

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