January 15, 2024
While some people love their job so much they never want to retire, for a lot of us the only thing better than saying goodbye to the rat race is doing it sooner than expected. But before clocking out early, there are a few boxes to check to ensure you’re making the right choice.
Figure out your finances
The first thing to consider is whether retiring early is financially feasible. Working with an advisor to assess your wealth plan may identify issues affecting your long-term finances, and allow you to amend your plan to ensure you have the money needed in retirement.
An advisor can calculate your sources of income after you stop working, and project what benefits you’ll likely receive from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security. Keep in mind that if you draw from CPP before the typical age of 65, your benefits are reduced accordingly. If you hold personal RRSP/TFSA assets and a workplace pension, those will be accounted for as income sources, as will investment accounts, a business or property you might own, plus other savings and assets. Whatever your income streams, factor in tax implications because a good portion of your cash flow could be taxable income.
After totaling your financial resources, consider likely expenses, including the cost of everyday life. Where do you plan on residing and will you rent or own? Do you have health concerns or family history to be mindful of? What lifestyle do you anticipate? Will you travel regularly? What are your hobbies? Do you have dependents to look after? Once you answer these questions, you can arrive at a rough estimate of your expenses.
Benefits of retiring early
There are two major benefits to taking an early retirement:
On the fence?
Maybe you need a change of pace but don’t want to retire completely. In this case, consider a phased retirement, which means scaling back on work (e.g., taking a part-time job or putting in fewer hours at your current job). This phased approach allows you to continue earning money for the future, provides the social benefit of interacting with colleagues, promotes mental fitness so your mind stays sharp, and offers flexibility to spend more time doing things you enjoy.
This article is a general discussion of certain issues intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as tax, legal or investment advice. Please obtain independent professional advice, in the context of your particular circumstances. iA Private Wealth Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. iA Private Wealth is a trademark and business name under which iA Private Wealth Inc. operates.