Financial Planning Suggestions for Young Adults

As I write this in late spring, this is the season when graduating students are transitioning from the academy to employment. Many financial matters that may have previously been taken care of, or at least “backstopped,” by parents are now their own to address. If...

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A New Tool in the Fight Against Longevity Risk

What is Longevity Risk? “Nothing is more difficult than retirement income planning.” I have heard or read variations of that phrase multiple times in the last few years. Why is it so difficult? After all, people are retiring every day in Canada. Hasn’t this been figured...

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CPP or RRIF: Which to Withdraw from First

In my previous blog post, I introduced a fictitious client, Debra, who is about to retire. As you may recall, Debra is single, without children, and is about to turn 65. She is eligible for the maximum Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which is $14,445 per...

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Robo Advisors: Investment Management at a Discount

Mutual Funds Often Have a Cost Disadvantage In my previous post, I wrote about several advantages of investing with mutual funds. That post invited a few comments about the costs of mutual funds outweighing the behavioural advantages. Although there are a relatively few mutual funds that...

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In Praise of Mutual Funds

Mutual funds do not get a lot of love, even though they hold the lion’s share of retail investors’ assets in Canada. If you are like me and often peruse personal finance pages of the major Canadian newspapers (or more accurately, their websites), you will...

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