Tag Archives: Retirement

Estimating Savings Required for Retirement

A general rule is that you should be saving 10% of your salary for retirement. Because everyone’s situation is different, how do you know if this is too much or not enough. How does your pension, CPP and OAS affect this number? The spreadsheet combines two of the most popular posts to help answer this question. More

Comparing an Annuity to a RRIF or a LIF

If you have a defined contribution pension, when you retire you must convert it into either an annuity or a Life Income Fund. If you have an RRSP you must convert it to an annuity or a RRIF. What is best for you? This post and spreadsheet will help you evaluate your options. More

FinanceBase-Lifetime Finances, More Than a Retirement Calculator

If you want more than the simple retirement calculators that you can find online, explore the lifetime finances planner discussed in this post. It is feature-rich but is easy to use that uses your expenses, income and assets to provide a cash flow and asset movement from now until up to 45 years past retirement. Charts make it easy to see if you have shortfalls in any years and if your assets will last during your lifetime. You can make changes in any year and try various “what-ifs” to see the impact. More

When to Take the CPP – What Is Involved?

If you have worked in Canada you will have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). You have some control over when to take and how much of a CPP retirement pension you will receive when you reach age 60. This post summarizes what you need to know and do and provides links to more details. More

When to Take the CPP – Factors Involved

Before deciding when to take your Canada Pension Plan retirement pension you need to consider the impact of a number of factors that affect how much you will receive. These include the age-dependent increase in yearly payment provided, drop-outs, inflation, marginal taxes, the break-even age and survival probability. More

When to Take the CPP – Spreadsheets

The downloadable Excel spreadsheets described in this post can be used to determine when to take your Canada Pension Plan retirement pension. Once you copy your CPP Statement of Contributions into the table provided, a macro can be run that fills in the drop-outs and removals. Yearly payments, break-even ages and cumulative payments at various ages plus many charts will give you an insight as to when to take the CPP for your circumstances. You can also set inflation and marginal tax rates.
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Life Expectancy and Survival Probability

Life expectancy is a key factor in a number of decisions required when you approach retirement. For example, should you delay taking the Canada Pension Plan pension or the Old Age Security payment? You need to feel comfortable that you will be alive to take a delayed pension and, for example with the CPP if you will be alive at the break-even age. More

Nortel Pension Settlement – Deferred Pension

About one-quarter of the 13,000 Nortel pensioners that are members of the Nortel Managerial and Non-Negotiated Pension Plan (Reg. 0342048) must take a Deferred Pension in the form of a Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA). Before age 71 the LIRA must be converted to an annuity or to a Life Income Fund (LIF). The references, comments and spreadsheet provided in this post may be of some assistance in making the choice. It is also of use for others who need to compare an annuity against a LIF when converting the LIRA. More

Nortel Pension Settlement Options – Annuity vs LIF

There are some 13,000 Nortel pensioners that are members of the Nortel Managerial and Non-Negotiated Pension Plan (Reg. 0342048). The settlement of this plan provides members in some provinces with the option of either receiving the default of an annuity or taking the commuted value and converting it into a Life Income Fund (LIF). The references, comments and spreadsheet provided in this post may be of some assistance in making the choice. It is also of use for others who need to compare an annuity against a LIF. More