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Cashflows & Portfolios is a free resource providing a beginning-to-end guide for Do-It-Yourself investors. The journey begins with how to budget and generate cash flow; how best to invest that cashflow; onto using the nest egg to fund the next phase of life – retirement. 

We (Mark and Joe) are personal finance bloggers with a combined experience of over 25 years in helping Canadians with their finances. Using this experience, we created this site to provide you with actionable steps towards your financial goals. Both of us are in our 40’s, and like many of you, we started from scratch.  Using the steps and strategies outlined in this site has allowed us to build significant 7-figure portfolios that are leading the way to financial independence (more about us here).

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When to Take CPP in Retirement – A Case Study

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Synopsis: The following case study was prepared to demonstrate how investors may consider structuring their asset drawdown plans, including when to take Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in retirement. Thanks to a reader, Cindy (changed for privacy/publishing purposes), for sharing their information. When to take CPP in retirement Cindy has worked hard, has maintained a great paying job for many years, and is now ready to…

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When to Take CPP in Retirement – A Case Study

when to take cpp case study

Synopsis: The following case study was prepared to demonstrate how investors may consider structuring their asset drawdown plans, including when to take Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in retirement. Thanks to a reader, Cindy (changed for privacy/publishing purposes), for sharing their information. When to take CPP in retirement Cindy has worked hard, has maintained a great paying job for many years, and is now ready to…

Everything You Need to Know about RRSPs

RRSP contribution limit - RRSP deadline

Before we start, as quick reminder, the RRSP contribution deadline for 2021 is March 1, 2021. There are a lot of RRSP questions going around, especially during RRSP season. What is an RRSP and how does it work? What is the RRSP contribution deadline and limit? When does investing inside the RRSP make the most sense? What about transferring your RRSP assets to your TFSA?…

Everything You Need to Know about TFSAs

The Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a gift to all Canadians. I mean, who doesn’t love tax-free money or better still, money that grows tax-free?! I know we do – especially when you count for the fairly large TFSA contribution limit/room if you are just starting today (more below). Today’s post will share everything we know about the TFSA to help you save more…

The Truth about Retirement Income Planning

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If you’ve landed on this page today, you’re already aware that any retirement income planning truly starts with you. You are ultimately the one that must decide how your retirement will look and feel like.  It will take some thought.  It will take some planning on your part. It may even take some changes. But on this section of our site, however, it is our…

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Draw!

*** This giveaway is now closed – Congratulations to Trisha! *** Thanks for stopping by Cashflows & Portfolios, a new site dedicated to helping you become wealthier regardless of your stage of life. We (Mark and Joe) are personal finance bloggers that have been around the block (more than once!) with a combined experience of over 25 years in helping Canadians with their finances. Not…

The Power of WHY

One of the biggest financial issues we see and hear about today is called ‘Lifestyle Creep’.  Simply put, that’s allowing our expenses to creep higher and faster than our income will allow. It’s a consequence of moving towards or staying in a negative cash flow situation. Yet spending money is not a bad thing – in fact on this site – we encourage it!  You’ll…

The Four Keys to Investing Success

four keys to investing success

Like we mentioned in an earlier post, a big part of good financial management starts with cash flow management.  Once you get those basics down, you can evolve from there. From saving to investing but also to other elements of financial planning. You can venture into tax planning, insurance management, estate planning and more. We’ll touch on some of those elements later but for the…

Cash FLOW is King

You may think or have heard the mantra “cash is king” but I have news for you. Cash flow is king.  For a business to succeed, understanding your cash flow is essential. The same premise applies to your household finances.  Simply put, cash flow is the movement (i.e., flow) of money into and out of your possession. Positive cash flow is very desirable. It means…