Welcome to my retirement page. On this page you’ll find information, stories and essays from others who achieved financial independence and security. Read on and learn from them – how you can tailor your own retirement success story from their lessons learned.
How much do you need to retire?
I have no idea – for you 🙂
I know with a great deal of confidence we need a $1 M personal portfolio (beyond workplace pensions, beyond Canada Pension Plan, beyond Old Age Security) and no debt to at least semi-retire the way we want.
However, even if I have no idea about your financial goals, spending patterns, or estate plans, I can offer some guidance thanks to various online calculators and other knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. Read on.
Case Study #1 = $1 million saved
Let’s assume you have a paid off home when you retire. Let’s also assume you have $1 million saved in various investment accounts by age 60. Add in government benefits in your 60s like Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS), which should amount to an average of about $1,000 per month per person then:
$1 million invested in a diversified portfolio at age 60 could easily last 30-40 years withdrawing about $40,000-$50,000 per year (pre-tax) from your portfolio. If you have $1 million saved/invested by age 60 (and no debt) then I think you have very little to worry about unless you’re a big spender.
Case Study #2 = $750,000 saved
Take $750,000 invested, age 60: that’s about $40,000 per year (pre-tax) just from your RRSP or RRIF approaching age 90 at 5% return. That excludes CPP and OAS payments. You can play with this calculator here.
Case Study #3 = $500,000 saved
If you have $500,000 in your RRSP by age 60: that’s $30,000 per year (pre-tax) just from your RRSP or RRIF until age 82 at 5% return. Again, that excludes CPP and OAS payments.
Want to read about successful investors that have been there, done that? Of course you do! Read on to learn from these retirement essays for your plan!
Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE)
Here’s a list of sites I’m starting to visit more frequently – bloggers who have reached early retirement or are well on their way…
- Financial Samurai
- 1500 Days to Freedom
- Think Save Retire
- Go Curry Cracker
- Physician on FIRE
- Early Retirement Now
- Frugal Woods
- Mr Money Mustache
- Get FIRED’d ASAP
- Millennial Revolution