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DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO RETIRE?

If financial projections and retirement readiness are what you are after, we using some professional financial software (software that we are using for our own plans in fact), and making it available to you in our affordable and value-packed membership options. With this powerful software, we provide a detailed report(s) that answers questions specific to your financial situation and assumptions such as:

  • Do I have enough to retire?
  • When can I retire?
  • Will I run out of money in retirement?
  • What is the most I can spend in retirement?
  • How much of a financial legacy can I leave behind?
  • Should I take CPP at age 65 or 70?
  • How do I minimize OAS clawback?
  • Which account (and when) should I withdraw from for the highest tax efficiency and estate value?

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Our Top-5 Stocks and Holdings

Our TOP 5 Stocks and Holdings

Over the years of running various sites, and including our work here at Cashflows & Portfolios over the last few years, the founders (Mark and Joe) have received many requests to share what our portfolios looks like, why, how we’re investing and what companies we are thinking about buying more of over time as DIY self-directed investors. Well, to help answer some of those questions…

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Why the 4% Rule Doesn’t Work for Early Retirement (FIRE)

The 4% rule is a common rule of thumb in many retirement planning circles, including the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) community in particular. But…we don’t really like it for FIRE! What does the 4% rule actually mean? Should the 4% rule be used for any FIRE-seeker? Does the 4% rule really matter to retirement planning at all? Read on to find out our final…

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What’s your Retirement Number?

what is your retirement number

When you hear the word“retirement” or phrase “retirement number” – do you get excited? Do you cringe? Do feel something in between? For today’s post, based on a few of our own members lessons learned – to pay it forward to others – we’re going to share a few key steps as best practices – what they do and why to determine their own retirement…

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Our Top-5 Stocks and Holdings

Our TOP 5 Stocks and Holdings

Over the years of running various sites, and including our work here at Cashflows & Portfolios over the last few years, the founders (Mark and Joe) have received many requests to share what our portfolios looks like, why, how we’re investing and what companies we are thinking about buying more of over time as DIY self-directed investors. Well, to help answer some of those questions…

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Why the 4% Rule Doesn’t Work for Early Retirement (FIRE)

The 4% rule is a common rule of thumb in many retirement planning circles, including the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) community in particular. But…we don’t really like it for FIRE! What does the 4% rule actually mean? Should the 4% rule be used for any FIRE-seeker? Does the 4% rule really matter to retirement planning at all? Read on to find out our final…

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What’s your Retirement Number?

what is your retirement number

When you hear the word“retirement” or phrase “retirement number” – do you get excited? Do you cringe? Do feel something in between? For today’s post, based on a few of our own members lessons learned – to pay it forward to others – we’re going to share a few key steps as best practices – what they do and why to determine their own retirement…

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Could Loud Budgeting Work for You?

loud budgeting

Good money management requires two types of literacy: the financial part of knowing how to save, invest and manage your cashflow and portfolio. The other part is the behavioural part since money management like a healthy diet, like frequent exercise, comes down to real actions. For these reasons, could ‘Loud Budgeting’ work for you? Hey, why not! Even though TikTok is new, the concept is…

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Die with Zero – Review and Giveaway

die with zero

“The real golden years – the period of maximum potential enjoyment because we have the most health and wealth – mostly come before the traditional retirement age of 65.” – Bill Perkins, Die With Zero. Indeed. Any intuitively, we all know this. Yet so many of us might be giving up years of semi-retirement or retirement enjoyment only to find out we’ve saved too much…

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Best Posts of 2023

best of 2023

Wow, another year almost into the history books! Where does the time go?? I don’t know about you, but both Joe and I are excited to see what 2024 brings…including market returns. 🙂 On that note, it seems hard to fathom how 2024 could be as good as 2023 has been to date. At the time of writing this post just before the holidays, returns…

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The Best ETFs in Canada for Building Wealth

The Best ETFs in Canada for Building Wealth

New investors (or even established investors) may want to consider investing in broad market Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to build wealth. Thanks to some reader requests, we’ve updated this post for 2023 to highlight the best ETFs in Canada for building wealth. In fact, we’ve reviewed dozens upon dozens of low-cost ETFs so you don’t have to! Listed in the sections below, we’ve assembled what…

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Do Any Personal Finance Rules Add Up?

personal finance rules

Dealing with your finances can be very tricky, because it is so very personal. For today’s post, we thought we’d revisit some popular personal finance rules of thumb to see if any of them really add up. Popular personal finance rules Effective money management starts with watching where all your money goes and/or just staying out of prolonged debt. Simple work can be very effective…

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Best GIC Rates in Canada

best gic rates in canada

Because rates change so quickly, we’re back with this updated post thanks to various member questions and feedback. Read on, and enjoy! As you well know, to build wealth, it takes more than savings to compound away to grow your portfolio into something meaningful. That said, keeping cash savings secure or guaranteed in some cases can be very smart. What are GICs? What are the…

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