Disability Insurance

Long-term or short-term disabilities can be covered by disability insurance. Injuries, illnesses, or accidents can cause disabilities. In the event that individuals are disabled and are unable to work, basic living costs may become a problem. Disability policies offer income protection insurance that can help those who are disabled. If you are unable to work due to long-term disability, you will receive 50-70% of your salary. Your salary is essentially replaced with a monthly benefit!

It is possible to purchase both long-term and short-term disability policy. Typically, employers offer a short-term benefits package, which includes disability insurance. Be sure to check what your workplace covers you for, and what the benefit amount is, before you get a quote.

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Should I use a RRSP or TFSA or both?

Low income:

TFSA can be an ideal savings vehicle if you’re in a low-income tax bracket. RRSPs may not be well suited to low-income Canadians. As the earlier example demonstrates, the RRSP account tax savings are insignificant and may be in a higher tax bracket when you withdraw. You may also consider that TFSA withdrawals don’t impact income-tested benefits and credits, such as child tax benefits and credits, Old Age Security, or Guaranteed Income Supplements.
 
If you now find yourself in a lower tax bracket, such as when on maternity leave, and made RRSP contributions in the past, consider withdrawing from your RRSP to make a TFSA contribution. However, remember that funds withdrawn from your RRSP can’t be re-contributed later.

Middle income:

One strategy would be using RRSP calculator contribute to your TFSA now and accumulate RRSP room to be used later in a higher tax bracket to optimize the tax benefits.

High income:

This is where you may want to maximize your RRSP contribution limit and TFSA contribution. The tax savings or refund received from the RRSP contribution could be used to fund the TFSA.

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How much do I need for retirement?

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Predicting your retirement needs is best started by assessing your current expenses and pinpointing future costs related to your work that will decrease when you retire, such as clothing, eating out, gas, etc…
When planning for retirement, think about different scenarios that could affect your income, such as:

 

Also, take into account any large debts such as mortgages. Will you finish paying your mortgage by the time you retire? Or are you considering buying a smaller home or moving into a nursing home?
Solutions to such issues may also affect your costs. You need to take into account how long your pension payments will last.
It is an important consideration. Would you be able to live if your pension payments were expanded by thirty years? If you put off retirement for another five years, your savings will only last twenty-five years, but you will earn an additional five years of salary. It can make all the difference in your budget.

 

You were deciding to retire early for personal or professional reasons— significant unexpected expenses, such as urgent repairs to your home. A serious health problem affecting you or your loved one requires costly medical care. Try to evaluate the impact of such events on your finances. This action can help you build a realistic retirement fund. Take this opportunity to see if your disability or critical illness insurance policy is sufficient for your needs. Your health, financial situation, and plans will change over the years. The closer you get to retirement age, your needs will become apparent. To ensure you’re on the right track, reviewing your retirement plan from time to time is essential.

 

Feel free to consult with a specialist regularly to test different scenarios and choose the plan that is comfortable for you.

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