Thursday, 3 October 2013

10 Dos and Don'ts for your Retirement savings

The Federal Government wants to raise CPP contributions in order to make pension payments more lucrative when you retire. That means the maximum CPP contribution would rise to $4,681.20 a year from $2,356.20 starting in 2016. And the maximum annual benefit would increase to $23,400 from $12,150.

There is a lot you can still do to help you in your golden years. Here are some dos and don'ts for your retirement savings.

Do save 10% of your net income (that’s what you get after taxes).

Don’t expect the government will take care of you in your golden years.

Do expect to spend 80% or more in retirement of what you did in your working years.

Don’t let your financial adviser tell you your retirement savings are OK.

Do learn to invest your money and learn how it is working for you.

Don’t wait to save for your retirement – start now.

Do put money in your RRSP before you child’s RESP

Don’t feel bad about the last point.

Do assume your retirement will be expensive.

Don’t stress just start planning.


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