RETIREMENT PLANNING


commuting your pension

How Commuting Your Pension Allows You To Manipulate Your Income

Deciding between commuting your pension or opting for the monthly income stream is a big retirement decision that contains several complexities. In this brief 3-minute video I provide clarity on the benefits of taking the commuted value compared to the monthly income stream. If you’d like to discuss your personal situation and explore your financial…

Understanding the Proposed CSSB Pension Changes

If you have a CSSB pension, there could be significant changes coming that will affect how the commuted value of your pension is calculated. In this quick, 30-minute webinar, I cover: – What changes are being proposed to the Civil Service Superannuation Act? – Why are these changes being recommended? – How will these changes…

Why are markets going up?

Why are markets going up?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been having this discussion with clients. Why does the market continue to rise while unemployment in the US is sitting at 40 million (the size of Canada’s population), and most businesses aren’t even close to running at 100% capacity? Everyone has their opinions and theories as to what is…

Significant changes being proposed to the CSSB pension

If you have a CSSB pension, there could be significant changes coming that will affect how the commuted value of your pension is calculated. As I’ve mentioned in the past (Pension or Lump Sum, How to Decide), you will have a choice to make upon your retirement as to how you would like to receive…

Financial Advice for Manitoba Hydro Employees

I’ve had the pleasure of working with several clients who work or have retired from Manitoba Hydro. While each person’s financial situation is different, some commonalities exist amongst those sharing and employer. This guide identifies those shared characteristics and provides advice regarding their financial planning implications. What makes your financial situation unique? As an employee…

Buy Low Sell High

Your last chance to buy low

As I write this on April 29th, 2020, US markets have bounced back 31.38% over five weeks from their March 23rd lows. For those of you who invested when markets were down 30%, well done. You have made a rapid 30%. If you hesitated or you still have some cash sitting on the sidelines, I…

Approaching Retirement

5 Things you need to look at as you approach retirement

What once seemed so far away is now within reach. You’ve been working most of your adult life, and you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Retirement! The question now becomes, are you ready? Here’s a list of 5 things you need to look at as you approach retirement 1.     …

Investing is a Lot Like Golf

Why Golf is a Lot Like Investing

My wife always makes sure to remind me to wear sunscreen whenever I go out golfing. I have to tell her not to worry because I spend most of my round in the shade as I tend to hit a lot of trees. This past summer, I found myself deep in the bush searching for…

My uncensored opinion about RRSPs if you have a pension

In this new era of “fake news” it’s becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between what is true and what is false. Politicians use this to their advantage and often repeat false statements so often that we begin to believe they are true. You may have noticed this particular strategy used by a certain…

Bucketing strategy video

How to properly manage a retirement portfolio

  Are you tired of turning on the nightly news and worrying about how the day’s events are affecting your retirement portfolio? Are you worried about the day-to-day fluctuations of the stock market? This week we take a look at how to properly manage your retirement portfolio with the Bucketing Strategy so that you can…