Today we're talking about something we all hope to do one day...retire; and along with retirement comes applying for your Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). Whether you're a few years away from retiring, or this is the year you've been waiting for, we want to share with you some advice to get you thinking about your CPP funds. We'll talk about some of the basics around CPP, and why having a retirement plan can help you know when to draw upon CPP.
WHICH WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR 2019 FINANCIAL GOALS?
It’s that time of year again. Our waistbands are a little snugger, our wallets a little lighter, and our hearts and minds are (mostly) still committed to the resolutions we’ve set for the year ahead.
The new year is a great time to reflect on the past and set meaningful goals for the future. It’s the season of self improvement, and your Facebook feed is likely overflowing with offers to help you achieve your ambitions or overcome your insecurities. Whether you want to fit into your skinny jeans or bring some semblance of order to your crazy life, there are an endless number of products and services to choose from — all promising to help you achieve your dreams in a handful of simple steps. It’s no wonder most people have given up on their resolutions by now — it’s nearly impossible to decide where to start!
If your goal is to improve your financial health in 2019, you may be feeling similarly overwhelmed. Do you save first or do you invest? How much can you afford to set aside? How long is this going to take?
THE AGE-OLD QUESTION IN PERSONAL FINANCE
Imagine that you’ve won the lottery. Not enough to fully fund an immediate and lavish retirement, but enough to make a difference in your life. How would you spend your windfall?
Most of us who dream of winning say we’d pay down our debt, and maybe donate to charity or splurge on a big-ticket item like a much-needed vacation. Many people who actually win end up blowing it all; they fail to invest in the future.
So, what would you do? Would you pay off your debt or would you invest?