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A recent Financial Post article, “Two-thirds of Canadian households saving for retirement, census suggests,” shows the result of a 2016 survey by C.D. Howe Institute that suggests that two-thirds of households are setting aside money for retirement.  According to the article, the rate of retirement savings for employed individuals has almost doubled in recent decades.  65.2% of 14 million households have made a contribution in 2015 to one or more of the three major savings vehicles such as RRSPs and TFSAs. Income earners aged 35 to 54 made more use of registered pension plans and RRSPs while income earners below 35...
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We continue with some more information from the latest survey of the Canadian Payroll Association.  On our last blog, we showed how the survey showed a clear picture of how many Albertans are living:  living paycheque to paycheque, living with high levels of spending and low rates of savings. Another aspect of this 2017 survey shows the high debt levels and the retirement delays experienced not only by Albertans but by many working Canadians.  In the survey, 35% of working Canadians and 40% of Albertans feel overwhelmed by their level of debt.  In addition to this, 31% of the respondents nationally...
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There is an interesting article on Advisor.ca regarding couples and their retirement goals.  It emphasizes the importance for couples to have honest discussions on how they envision their retirement years so as to avoid any conflict along the way.  This article relates how a lot of couples have completely no idea what their retirement goals are.  This lack of long range planning is bad news for any couple who look forward to a rewarding retirement experience.  It creates conflict and misunderstanding which does not help in any way with the preparations for the long awaited golden years. Read the full article --...
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