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Personal Finance Investing for women: Setting financial goals for a solid retirement

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Women face a different set of challenges than men when it comes to investing and reaching their retirement goals. They tend to live longer. They often have their careers interrupted by maternity leave and elder care. They tend to take less risk in their investing. Women need financial advice that caters to their own financial style, which is why we’ve compiled this guide for female investors.

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Why women (especially) should delay taking CPP

Delaying CPP improves expected returns and reduces risk. It also provides peace of mind. Women tend to be more risk averse, preferring to invest in less-risky assets and have more guaranteed income – and this strategy provides both.

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Annuities keep women afloat in retirement

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The Globe’s retirement readiness calculator

This tool is designed to compare your income needs in your working years with your estimated living costs after you retire. If you know how much retirement income you need every year, you’re well on your way to finding out the total amount of savings you need.

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