Transition to Retirement

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You're almost there

You've likely thought about what retirement will be like, but have you defined the details that will make up the next phase of your life? Now is the time to nail those down and identify your short- and long-term goals. Remember, retirement isn't an endgame; it's a full and active part of your life that could last a long time so you'll want to be as confident as you can - financially, emotionally and physically. We can work with you in the years and months leading up to this new stage. And when it comes time for the next journey to begin, we'll be there to help you continue planning for your future.

Key milestones to keep in mind as retirement approaches

60 - First eligible for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits - with reduced benefits

65 - Full retirement age for CPP and QPP

65 - Full retirement age for Old Age Security (OAS) benefits

70 - Maximum CPP, QPP, and OAS benefits

71 - Must convert RRSP to RRIF or annuity before the end of the year you turn 71

72 - Required minimum distributions begin the year you turn 72

  • Think about how you'll pay for it.

    Now that you've thought about life after your career, it's time to think about how you'll pay for it all to ensure it lasts as long as you need it to.

    • Determine your living expenses and decide if it is a "need" or a "want." Don't forget about those minor expenses that can add up.
    • Research healthcare costs. Determine which long-term care options would work best for you.
    • Estimate your income. Coming up short? If so, decide where adjustments are needed to cover this shortfall.
    • Manage your cash flow. Consolidate accounts and set up a smart withdrawal strategy while maintaining your emergency fund.
    • Reduce or eliminate debt before you retire, especially "bad" debt like credit cards or car loans.
  • Continue planning for your future

    Drawing down on assets in retirement doesn't mean you stop planning for the future.

    • Re-evaluate your expenses and income sources to cover your needs and wants. Revisit these and your goals often
    • Redefine your risk tolerance and keep investing to accomplish those goals.
    • Protect your legacy. Review and update beneficiaries on all accounts and all estate planning documents. And discuss your wishes with your family.
    • Get generous. Define your philanthropic goals and put a tax-efficient giving strategy in place to achieve those goals.