In the past, most Canadians relied heavily on employer pension plans and government pension plans to provide a source of income in retirement. These days, many employers no longer offer pension plans, and individuals frequently change careers and employers. As such, the Registered Retirement Savings Plan, or RRSP, has become one of the most common retirement savings plans in Canada. […]
There are many issues to consider when contemplating the decision to become self-employed. Your access to government programs, including Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI), are important considerations for anyone moving to a self-employment structure. Let’s take a quick look at both CPP and EI, and highlight the key differences for employees and self-employed individuals. Canada Pension Plan […]
February was a strong month for equity markets, much stronger than usual for that month of the year. Fixed income on the other hand, was down almost across the board.
After equity markets finished December strongly, they took a breather in January. Bond markets didn’t do much better.
In our last post, we discussed in-kind contributions. Many investors, who are otherwise unable to make a TFSA and RRSP contributions, may be able to contribute existing non-registered investments to their RRSP accounts, thereby getting a tax deduction in the process. However, it’s important to be careful of a couple of potential tax traps when making in-kind contributions – superficial […]
December was a good month for stock and bond markets, capping off an odd and volatile year. When looking at the performance for the year overall, it turned out to be an average year despite the sharp drop and panic in March.
While many investors have good intentions of making TFSA and RRSP contributions, the unfortunate reality is that the cash required to make a meaningful contribution isn’t always available. What can you do? If you want to make a contribution to your TFSA and RRSP this year, but don’t have the cash available, you can use some of the investments in […]
Welcome to 2021! We all know how challenging it can be to stay on top of ever-changing facts and figures in the field of personal finance. To help kick-off the New Year, we have compiled a short list of key 2021 facts and figures to keep in mind for the new year. TFSA Limit The 2021 TFSA limit remains at $6,000, […]