Retirement plan

When you’re young, retiring is frequently the last thing on your mind, but it’s also when you want to plan for the easiest path to retirement.

It’s like planting a seed today and expecting to see a fully developed tree in 20 or 30 years. The earlier you plant the seed of retirement, the sooner you will reap the benefits.

Generations of wealth have cultivated old-growth trees that can be over 100 years old. So “time” is a big component in wealth growth and determining how much you need is like deciding whether you need a 20-year-old tree or a 30-year-old tree.

As you may expect, there is no single statistic because the cost of living varies per city. You can discover the cheapest place to live if you are ready to move, but you will almost likely have to give up something else.

What is the average Canadian retirement income?

We must rely on the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) data in the absence of statistical studies on savings and pension plans. As a result, the average annual retirement benefit from the Canadian Pension Plan is roughly $8,500.

The average monthly CPP payout in 2021 is $736.58, while the maximum account that can be earned monthly is $1,203.75. You must meet the CPP standards to receive the maximum benefit.

Finally, the average CPP is useful but insufficient. Plan without it and use it as a backup plan in case things don’t go as planned.

Exchange-Traded Fund

The investment in an ETF is a way to pool their money in different securities like bonds, stocks, shares, money market instruments, etc. The traded price of an ETF changes throughout the day like any other stock, as it is bought and sold like any other stock, but unlike regular mutual funds.

Registered Education Savings Plan

An RESP is a tax-free savings account for parents who want to save for their children’s studies after high school. The government of Canada contributes 20% on the first $2500 annually and a maximum of $500 per beneficiary per year. The contribution towards an RESP must stop by 31 years after one has registered in the plan.

Registered Retired Savings Plan

An RRSP is a savings account registered with the federal government that you use to save for retirement. If you invest in RRSP, you can claim a deduction during income tax return filing. If your income is lower and you don’t require paying any tax, RRSP investment carries forward and you can claim in the future when your income is higher and eligible for tax.

Tax-free Saving Account

A Tax-Free Savings Account is a registered account introduced by the Federal Government in the 2008 Budget. With no locking period, in TFSA all invested money grows tax free. The interest, dividends, and capital earned in TFSA are tax free for a lifetime, and savings can be withdrawn from your account.

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