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Q: My income fluctuates quite widely from year to year. How do I plan for this and how do I handle the tax implications of such income swings? —David A: Yours is the challenge of many a commissioned salesperson or business owner, David. The thought of a stable salary and defined benefit pension.... More »
The two most common types of loans are secured and unsecured loans. Whether you’re looking to borrow money for a new car or even a vacation, it’s best to understand your options before applying. What is a secured loan? Secured loans are generally more customizable and negotiable. They can have .... More »
While they may seem like a quick and easy way to access cash, payday loans (or cash advance loans) are high-risk products that have the potential to lead borrowers into a never-ending spiral of debt and interest payments. A payday loan may be the quick fix that provides instant cash with minimal questions asked, but it can quickly lead the borrower into massive amounts of debt. In many cases, the borrower gets caught up in a vicious cycle of applying for more payday loans just to pay down the interest on their initial loan.
Why do people get payday loans?
Payday loans are typically marketed through smart and often misleading advertising campaigns as a sensible way to see consumers through until their next paycheque. However, these types of loans often come with exorbitant interest rates. Lenders don’t typically ask many questions and don’t generally conduct a credit check, so payday loans may seem enticing to vulnerable people who likely have a bad credit score and are under significant financial stress…
Q: I’m a federal government employee and was thinking about take some time and using my RRSPs to live on during that time (1 year). My bank said I could turn my RRSPs into a RRIF and withdraw monthly from that for income. I’m only 40. Is this possible? I’ve read online that you must be at least 65 to withdraw from a RRIF.
A: You can certainly take Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) withdrawals to fund your leave, CL, subject to a few conditions.
First, if your RRSP is just a regular, personal RRSP account, there should be no limitations. You can take withdrawals at any point regardless of your age. Your online research is incorrect.
READ MORE: Should I convert my RRSP to a RRIF early?
If it’s a locked-in RRSP that has come from a pension plan transfer, the locked-in status should prevent you from taking withdrawals prior to age 55 unless you have financial hardship or a shortened life expectancy. Presumably, neither is the case as your leave sounds voluntary…