How to Retire Well

Conventional wisdom suggests we should save about 10 to 12 times our current income; however, many people approach retirement having saved much less. According to the Canada Project Poll with Macleans, 62 percent of Canadians say they’re “very” or “somewhat” confident they’ll have enough money to retire at age 67.

So, how much is enough? The amount of money you should have saved before you retire depends on many personal factors and considerations, including:

Your lifestyle:
If you live well within your mean sand have prudently saved for retirement, you may not need to adjust your lifestyle much. It is better to have the choice to downsize your lifestyle and spending habits than it is to be forced to due to lack of adequate planning.

Your retirement plans:
Although it’s wise for both you and your spouse/partner to save for retirement, there are other considerations that may impact your total savings target:
- At what age do you plan to retire?
- If you have a spouse/partner, will you retire at the same time?
- Will you receive a pension from your employer? o Do you plan to continue working part time?

Your health:
If you are healthy, and have longevity on your side (e.g., your parents lived past the average life expectancy of 81 years for women and 76 years for men), consider saving more money.

Other income sources:
If you will receive a pension from your employer, money from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security (OAS), or dividends from investments, include them in your overall retirement plan.

Financial obligations and expenses:
These may include a mortgage, car payments, credit card debt, health care expenses and financial support for children or grandchildren. Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone and your circumstances may change at anytime. Changes in your health or that of a family member, or changes in your family status, may affect your financial situation.

For any circumstance changes that may impact your retirement plans, be sure to connect with a financial advisor who can help you update your plan and stay on track to reach your retirement goals.If you do not have a Financial Advisor we’d be happy to introduce you to one or two we know.