How much real estate should you have in a balanced portfolio? May 11th

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A guide to spousal RRSPs for married and common-law partners + MORE Jun 22nd

Couples can open and contribute to a personal Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a spousal RRSP—or both. A spousal RRSP generally makes the most financial sense for couples whose incomes are quite different. If one partner earns little or no income, so that contributing to their own RRSP.... More »

Is the Longevity Pension Fund a cure for retirement income worries? Jun 15th

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When investors talk about income-producing assets, the first that come to mind are dividends and interest, with capital gains a close third. But what about investment real estate? If you hold an asset allocation ETF, it will be chock full of stocks and bonds but offer little real estate exposure apart from a few publicly traded real estate firms. 
How much should real estate comprise in a balanced portfolio? While a principal residence certainly will be a big part of most people’s net worth, personally I don’t “count” it as part of my investment portfolio even though it can ultimately serve as a retirement asset of last resort, via home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), reverse mortgages or simply an outright sale when it’s time to enter a retirement or nursing home. If you take that approach, and many of my advisor sources do, then the question becomes how much real estate should you have in your investment portfolio, above and beyond the roof over your head? 
With Canadian housing prices soaring since the pandemic, those fortunate enough to have investment real estate may well be overweight the asset class…

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