Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning

Achieve the retirement lifestyle you want by ensuring you have a retirement plan in place — and in action.



Expert's Corner

Mortgages or Margaritas: Is paying down debt putting your retirement at risk? (80 KB)

Paying down debt at the expense of retirement may harm your long-term savings.


Life After Work

Plan for the type of lifestyle you want when you retire.

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Pension? Lump sum? How to choose when faced with this decision

Are you better off staying with the plan and getting a pension when you're eligible or taking a lump sum now?

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Short on Savings: Will You Be Working into Retirement?

A new poll of Canadian baby boomers shows that many are falling short of their retirement savings goals.

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More Than Half of Retired Canadians are Carrying Debt

It may be harder to pay down debt once you retire – learn how to manage and eliminate debt in retirement.

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Retirement Planning: More than 5 Years Out

If you have more than 5 years of full-time work ahead, your retirement planning is likely to centre on a number of mid to long-term activities.

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Retirement Planning: Less than 5 Years Out

With less than 5 years to go before retirement, it’s time to maximize your savings and finalize your retirement plans.

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Planning Beyond Retirement

Three issues that can affect your finances during and after your retirement.

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Revisit Your Retirement Plan

How to make sure you're still on track to meet your retirement needs.

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Slash Credit-Card Debt Before You Retire

How to dig out of your toughest debt trap: high-interest credit cards.

Learn more: Slashing credit card spending before you retire

Will You Be Ready to Retire?

Set priorities to keep your retirement plans are track.

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Will You Be Among Many Who Choose Not to Retire?

Many individuals who can afford to retire are choosing to continue working.

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With the Kids Gone, it's Time to Focus on You

Empty nesters considering early retirement need a retirement plan.

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How to Save for Retirement

Investing for your retirement helps to ensure you’ll have the savings and income you need to live comfortably.

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Benefits of a Regular Investment Plan

For most of us, it’s considerably easier to come up with smaller investment amounts on a regular basis than it is to make a large, lump-sum contribution.

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The 6 Principles of Smart Investing

Successful investing involves making choices that meet your unique needs today and your financial goals for the future.

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Choosing an RRSP

There are many options available for your RRSP.

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A Gen-X'er's Retirement Plan

How one couple mapped out a straight financial path.

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Retirement Income Options

Government legislation requires you to choose a retirement income option for your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) by December 31st of the year in which you turn 71.

Learn more: Retirement income options

What is a RRIF

The main purpose of a RRIF is to provide a source of ongoing retirement income.

Learn more: What is a registered retirement income fund (RRIF)?

Get the most from your RIF

Ten strategies, available to most Canadians, can help individuals meet their income needs in retirement, while minimizing taxes and simplifying their finances.

Learn more: Get the most from your retirement income fund (RIF)?

Retirement Pulse Check

Once you retire, it's a good idea to reassess your retirement strategy to ensure you're still on track.

Learn more: Retirement pulse check

Budgeting for Your Life in Retirement

How to ensure that your savings will last as long as you need them to.

Learn more: Budgeting for your life in retirement

Client Stories

Preparing to Retire

Margaret: I've always dreamed of spending my retirement years in a condominium in the southern U.S. Now that I’m almost ready to retire, I’m really looking forward to taking the next steps. What do I need to do now to make sure I’ll have the income I need during my retirement years and for my dream condo?”

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Saving for retirement

Paul and Lydia: We know we should be saving for our retirement, but we are unsure how to start. We need to learn more about investing so we can feel confident about our decisions. How can we start saving for our future without giving up the things we love today?”

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