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Retirement Retirement ready: How to save smarter and not outlive your nest egg

Whether you’re near retirement or decades away, you probably have questions about how to invest your savings so you’ll have enough income for the post-work life you envision. To help answer those questions, we’ve compiled our best retirement savings tools and tips into a handy guide for subscribers.

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How to prepare for retirement during every decade of your life

Managing wealth to achieve and maintain your retirement aspirations is a long-term project. Ideally, it’s a journey that can begin growing roots in your 20s.

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‘How Long Will I Live?’ and other helpful online retirement calculators

Wondering whether you will outlive your money? Not sure how much you will receive in government pensions after 65? There is probably an app or online calculator for that.

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Ready for retirement? Find out your replacement ratio

The replacement ratio refers to the percentage of your working income that you’ll need in retirement. Experts say retirement ratios can run from 50 per cent to 70 per cent or more, which is quite a wide range.

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How much to save

The surprising truth about how much you need to save for a happy retirement

How much you need to save depends on when you want to retire, your standard of living, and many other factors. Here's one way to arrive at a ballpark figure for your own circumstances.

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Here’s how much your TFSA could be worth

We created this calculator to demonstrate the importance of making the maximum contribution to your TFSA every year if you’re able to.

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The new way to tell if you’ve saved enough for retirement

The living-standard replacement ratio is a personalized way to measure how your lifestyle in retirement will differ from your working years.

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How to invest retirement savings

The smartest places to invest your money at 30 and 60

Where should you stash your retirement savings? It depends on your income, your age and the types of investments you plan to hold.

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It’s time to rethink the 60-40 portfolio asset mix

Over the past half century, the go-to asset mix for pension fund managers has been 60-40 – meaning 60 per cent in stocks and 40 per cent in fixed income. But a change may be called for since fixed-income investments don’t make as much sense as they used to.

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It’s time for income investors to get defensive. Here’s what they should be looking to buy

Retirees and those approaching retirement should always take a conservative approach when it comes to portfolio building. This is the time of life when cash flow and asset preservation are the top priorities.

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ETFs for each stage as you progress toward retirement

With their low fees and exposure to a wide range of holdings, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a good option for many investors. But which funds? That depends on your stage in the journey to retirement.

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When to retire

Approaching retirement: Beware that final five-year stretch

The final half-decade of your time in the labour force can set you up for a comfortable retirement or leave you far behind where you thought you would be.

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A new retirement era: How many years past 65 will you work?

We're now transitioning to an era of delayed retirement, where it's common for people to work at least part time after age 65.

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This updated rule of retirement saving has you working longer, running out of money sooner

The Rule of $20 is still a useful gauge of how much income you can generate from your retirement savings, but it’s a more demanding rule than it used to be.

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Retirement income

When should you take CPP? This will help you decide

The CPP retirement benefit offers an inflation-adjusted monthly payment for life, but you need to do some planning to get the best bang for your buck. This calculator offers a rough estimate of whether to it makes sense to take CPP early.

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CPP improvements start in 2019: How much more you’ll pay, and how much more you’ll get

The process of improving the CPP’s usefulness to retirees will mean seven years of incrementally higher contributions from workers and employers starting Jan. 1. Benefits will start rising immediately as a result of the enhancement, but only by token amounts in the next few years. Find out how this will affect your retirement income.

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How to turn your RRSP into a retirement cash-generating machine

You need to start thinking about post-RRSP investment decisions and strategies well before you turn 71.

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A breakthrough strategy: How to make TFSAs a retirement-income tool

The tax-free savings account is ideal for use by retirees to produce investment income.

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Other considerations

The secret to paying less tax in retirement

As wealthier boomers cross the retirement finish line, many will have to wrestle with a problem created by their desire to lower income taxes during their high-earning decades.

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Cash-poor but house-rich retiree? The pros and cons of reverse mortgages

Retirees who need to free up some money may be eyeing their real estate. A reverse mortgage is one option, but experts caution home owners to make sure they understand both the advantages and disadvantages.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but owning a home won’t fund your retirement

Your house will likely play some role in your retirement planning, but it’s no foundation. You have to build that yourself.

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The retiree’s guide to staying in your home

In 2011, 92.1 per cent of the five million seniors aged 65 and over in Canada lived in private households. Living at home requires solid financial planning and good health.

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The retirement issue no one talks about: the high cost of long-term care

Don’t ignore the years when you may need help with daily living. No retirement plan is complete without a long-term-care component.

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When during retirement is the best time to buy an annuity?

Buying an annuity can be a better bet than managing your own investment portfolio after retirement and drawing an income from it. You lose a little upside potential but you also eliminate some major risks.

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Health benefits for retirees are steadily disappearing

Cost-cutting employers are hurting your retirement in ways that go beyond the steady retreat of pension plans paying money for life.

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