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

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Q. I am contemplating changing financial planners and I just met with one who seemed very impressive. Within about three hours he had everything laid out for me: the investments I should purchase, the use of life insurance, delaying CPP to 70 and more. Still, I would like to get a second opinion bef.... More »
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Q. I saw your blog online; thank you so much for the wonderful job that you are doing—it was very informative! That motivated me to start investing too, but now I have a couple of questions. I understand that there is tax on US dividends in TFSA, do we pay tax as well when we sell: U.S. stocks in.... More »

What happens at the end of a reverse mortgage? Mar 9th

When you get a reverse mortgage, you tap the equity in your home without having to sell it. There are several advantages to having a reverse mortgage, for those who qualify: For one, you gain access to part of the cash value of your home, increasing your liquidity. Setup and legal fees are rolled in.... More »

“Where do we pay income tax if we retire abroad?” Apr 27th

Q. We’re thinking about moving to Mexico full-time when we retire. Where would we pay income tax on our monthly Canadian pensions? –Marianna A. Many Canadians dream of a retirement that includes travel abroad. Some even move abroad part of the year, most of the year, or give up their Canadian r.... 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 »
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 that are just as simple and convenient—and better for your bottom line. Here’s how you can get the most out of your retirement savings all year long.  
Get more than a tax deduction
Sure, it’s great that you can deduct allowable RRSP contributions (up to 18% of your previous year’s gross earnings) from this year’s taxable income—which will fatten up your tax refund—but that’s just the beginning. You also want your hard-earned savings to grow over time and compound into a nice retirement nest egg. Unfortunately, the amount of interest you can earn on a GIC is quite low, sometimes even lower than the rate of inflation. So, by the time you’re ready to spend those funds, they won’t buy you as much as they could today…

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Registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) have been around since 1957, and each February is commonly referred to as “RRSP season.” The banks and financial media used to make a bigger deal about RRSPs in the new year, but ever since Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) were introduced in 2009, RRSP season has seemed a bit watered down. That does not mean RRSPs are not good tax and investment options, it just reflects the fact that Canadians now have alternatives. 
Maybe you’ve run some preliminary numbers on your 2020 tax return software, and discovered that you owe the CRA; or perhaps life simply got in the way of your organizing a contribution earlier (and if that’s the case, here are some tips on making last-minute RRSP contributions). Whatever the reason, if you are planning to make an RRSP contribution before the deadline, here’s a quick-reference roundup of key facts and myths to guide you. 
RRSP facts
RRSP deadline for the 2020 tax year: March 1, 2021. 
Maximum RRSP contribution for 2020: $27,230 (requires $151,278 of earned income in 2019 and no pension adjustment), plus any accumulated RRSP room the contributor has from past years…

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