RRSP versus Non-Registered Investments

Let’s compare taxed and tax-free investment returns to see this advantage. First, let’s look at investing outside of your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). If you have a marginal tax rate of 40% and invest $2,000 per year for the next 30 years at an average 7% annual return, you will accumulate $120,864.

Now consider if you invested the same money in the RRSP. If you contribute $2,000 every year to your RRSP for the next 30 years, and you earn an average 7% return, you will earn $202,146. The tax-advantaged growth empowers your RRSP as the growth is compounded over a long period of time.

Why is it important to save for retirement? RRSPs can give you the financial resources you need for a comfortable retirement that will meet your lifestyle requirements. Many Canadians are living for 30 years during retirement with a need to provide an income.

Reduce your debts and increase your financial security

In 2008, escalating mortgage debt caused a financial crash that decimated the retirement income of many. Debt control is becoming a critical issue.

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Credit interest eats away at wealth. Every household has a budget and must live within its means and save for the future. We each must be careful not to allow debt interest repayment to reduce our ability to live comfortably or retire with financial security.

Interest on the debt except for investment or business debt is paid with after-tax income. It reduces our capacity to pay down the principle on our mortgages or increase our investments for retirement.

Shift your financial paradigm away from debt The fact that so many people act without discretion while increasing debt shows that consumers need a more mature view of finance. We need to examine our genuine need for each purchase and consider the effect on our family’s income-creating ability before giving in to the temptation to buy more of what we cannot afford.

To avoid debt, we need to govern our response to each desire to have what we cannot afford. How do we do this? Work at not buying what you cannot afford, meaning living by a responsible paradigm of fiscal temperance. Learning to say to yourself, “No. I will survive without this item and will be better off debt-free!”

“If worst comes to worst, meet poverty halfway by retrenching expenses.  That is what I am striving to do and reform before poverty forces me to do so.  Furthermore, I have established enough levels in my soul where I can get along with less than I have; get along contentedly,  I mean, Not by the calculation of our income, but by your manner of living and your culture, is your wealth really to be reckoned”. Montaigne

Reduce debt for societal justice Good financial discernment directs our actions when considering taking on debt. If a man, for example, has borrowed fifty dollars from a friend to go to a concert with his girlfriend, the goal of fiscal justice is to pay his friend back what is due to him. In conformity with the right reason, Justice demands that the fifty dollars be paid back. But how and when shall it be paid back? An imprudent man might never pay it back, so he would fail to observe the rule of social justice in finance.

Develop a strategy to pay back debt To pay back debt requires the resolution to set aside a small sum from our income each week or month until we have allocated repayment of our obligations. Look at all of your debts and begin to pay down the higher interest-bearing debts first. Another approach would be to pay off the smaller loans and credit cards first to achieve victories sooner while creating the habit of debt reduction.

What is your financial viewpoint? We must be determined to be directed by wise discretion regarding how we use credit to attain financial goals. This is for the good of all – family and society. Your financial advisor can guide you to reduce debt and increase your investment portfolio.