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Fact or Fantasy: What’s Your Retirement Plan?

Last fall, the U.S. Mega Millions lottery made history when it became the largest jackpot of all time at a whopping US$1.6 billion. Reportedly, at one point before the draw, lottery tickets were selling at a rate of 550 tickets per second!
The odds are that you won’t win the lottery, yet surprisingly surveys continue to show that some Canadians plan on funding their retirement with a lottery jackpot.1 Yet, the average Canadian has a much better chance of being […]

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5 Reasons to Open an RRSP

A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is an account, registered with the federal government, that you use to save for retirement. There are a number of benefits to saving in an RRSP.
1. Contributions are tax deductible
You claim your RRSP contribution as a deduction on your tax return. And if your income is lower in a year, you can carry forward the deduction for your contribution to a future year when your income may be higher. That way, your tax savings are greater when you’re in […]

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Retirement: What’s Your Income Target?

There have always been varying opinions regarding the amount of income needed to ensure a comfortable retirement. The amount of income required for retirement will vary based on the individual and their particular circumstances. While some suggest an annual target of 70 percent of pre-retirement income, others advise 80 percent or more. Still others argue that these targets may be too high, pointing to the fact that sometimes pre-retirement spending can be lower than we perceive.
With payroll deductions, mortgage payments […]

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Spousal RRSPs: Split Income, Save Tax

Over the years, the government has eliminated many income-splitting opportunities available to investors. However, for those who have a spouse or common-law partner, a key investment opportunity is a spousal Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP).
A spousal RRSP may be a good income-splitting opportunity for a situation in which you would earn a higher level of income in retirement, while your spouse will have little or no source of retirement income. A spousal RRSP is a plan that you contribute to […]

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What it Means to “Live Wealthy”

What do we really mean by Live Wealthy when we consider how to best manage our clients’ finances? At Precision Wealth, we believe this means something much deeper and more significant to the human experience than traditional definitions suggest.

First, let’s consider the definitions:

Definition of “wealth”  welTH – Noun

An abundance of valuable possessions or money; e.g., “He used his wealth to bribe officials.”
Affluence, prosperity, riches, means, substance, fortune:

the state of being rich; material prosperity; e.g., “Some people buy boats and cars to display their […]

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Dispelling Myths about RRSPs

Participation rates for the RRSP have been declining over recent years. In fact, some Canadians believe there is “no point” in investing in the RRSP because of the taxes due in retirement. But the RRSP can provide a substantial tax advantage. Let’s look at a couple of the myths:

Myth: There is no point in investing in an RRSP.  You pay all the savings back in taxes when you retire.

While you do pay tax on RRSP withdrawals, don’t forget […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Investing in 2019

The year 2018 will be remembered as a difficult one for the Canadian equity markets. Trade tensions and tariffs imposed by the U.S. created ongoing volatility at home and abroad. Concerns over Canada’s competitiveness have been put under the spotlight—the result of falling foreign direct investment, slowing gross domestic product growth and problems in getting our deeply discounted oil to broader markets. While the federal government acknowledged the need to support business competitiveness in its late November fiscal update, […]

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Checking Investment Statements Frequently can be Misleading

Media coverage of short-term market volatility is prompting
people to worry about their investments. Market analysis of past, rolling
return holding periods helps to shed some light on these fluctuations, and how
we should respond. And our response is typically to do nothing.

Do Nothing? Data Analysis Tells the Story

Here below shows data representing rolling return holding
periods from Bloomberg LP for the S&P 500 from January 1, 1928 to June 30,
2018 (the past 90 years). The idea behind using rolling returns is […]

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Reflecting on a Turbulent Year: Diversify, Stay Disciplined

This past year the markets fluctuated again and again. After years of low volatility, this year saw lots of volatility, especially towards the end. We’ve written about this recently, and believe it’s important to go back to our core thesis: Markets work.
Markets are Unpredictable Short-Term
The uneasy part of the market is that no one knows where it will go short term. There are many articles in the media telling you which way it’s going to go and when. That […]

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Rise Above Advertisements with Misleading Claims

I’m sure many of you have seen the Questrade TV advertisements that steadily feature a blasé or disinterested Investment Advisor sitting with his informed client. The premise is that the Advisor is indifferent and charges exorbitant fees for investments. The client is there to inform the Advisor that they are moving their account, and tell them they can get their services cheaper—up to 30%—with Questrade.
On so many levels, this series of ads make me uneasy. Here are my viewpoints:

There […]

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