Weekend Reading – Maxed out TFSA edition
Welcome to a new Weekend Reading edition: the maxed out TFSA edition.
You can find some other popular recent reads below:
With the market being so volatile, is another investing lost decade on the way?
A reminder “tax season” is now on and I’m offering a TurboTax Canada giveaway AND a juicy 15% discount on TurboTax Canada tax preparation software this year:
Finally, congrats to Carolyn who won the copy of Balance on my site with speaker and author Andrew Hallam. Your book is in the mail!
Enjoy the articles!
Weekend Reading – Maxed out TFSA edition
Can you find/save $125 per week and use that money for investing?
If so, I think you can retire rather wealthy in a few decades…
On that note, Rob Carrick’s update in The Globe and Mail recently caught my eye. Despite the uses related to the TFSA are somewhat infinite as Rob points out, many of those suggestions also in my article here, I hope you already know that TFSAs can also be used for long-term investing. It probably should be.
In Rob’s article, I was surprised to learn the average value of a tax-free savings account in 2022 is $32,234 (according to estimates based on data from Canada Revenue Agency). This is despite total contribution room alone since 2009 introduction of TFSAs amounts to $81,500 per adult Canadian.
From Rob: “As much love as there is for TFSAs, we’re not even close to maximizing their benefit.”
Reference: Rob Carrick, The Globe and Mail.
While I can appreciate not everyone has the financial means to maximize contributions to this account, I would suggest if you can, please do. That cost is no more than $125 per week.
If you’re an aggressive investor, as in all equities with your investing, I would not be surprised if your TFSA value is now into the six-figures (if you have managed to have maxed out your TFSA contributions since inception). In fact, it probably should be.
The TFSA has been around since January 1, 2009. The TSX index (measured by XIU in my example) is up well over 100% since January 2009. Assuming you were invested in lazy XIU for the last 13-full years, and a few months, your TFSA portfolio should be approaching $150,000 later this year assuming 2022 performance is inline with annualized past performance.
I played around with some returns and contributions for this post, and arrived at this estimated value using this free handy calculator on my Helpful Sites page.
My goodness that’s a chunk of change! Regardless if that’s $140k, $145k or $150k.
I’ve even heard about some million-dollar TFSA accounts floating around in the personal finance sphere, although those are very rare and not accurately validated.
The point is: the TFSA remains a tremendous wealth-building gift to all adult Canadians should you wish to take advantage of it.
I hope you do. Since you can retire on just your TFSA if you wanted to.
Dale Roberts continues to do a fine job with trying to make sense of the markets in this MoneySense article.
With thanks to Scott Barlow, In-house market strategist for Canada’s Report on Business, here are some interesting bank earnings/expectations:
A fine week in review with thanks to the comprehensive Dividend Hawk – a must follow to gather an aggregate view of company earnings; dividend increases and other news from the world of stocks.
Tawcan highlighted a few of Canada’s REITs to consider for your portfolio. I like CAR.UN from his list but I’ve been more bullish on REI.UN (RioCan REIT) not in his list since I started buying some a while back.
These were some of the stocks I was buying more of in 2021 in hopes they would rise in price in 2022. REI.UN was one of them. So far, so good since a year ago…
GenY Money continued on her stellar income journey.
Always interesting to read what other early retirees are thinking this Accidentally Retired FIRE insights survey.
A great interview by Jessica Moorhouse on her latest podcast by Lisa Hannam.
Lisa discussed the evolution of personal finance with Jessica and what a younger generation of savers and investors must consider, as the world of personal finance and investing evolves. To quote Lisa: “life is expensive” at times. It can be even more expensive if you don’t put the necessary financial building blocks in place.
Financial Independence / Retirement
Here are just a few of my popular posts related to financial independence / retirement:
Yes, you can retire early on a lower income. Read on in this case study how and at what income.
This newcomer to Canada wants to achieve financial independence with his family by age 50. Is he on track?
These millennials want to FIRE at age 50. How much will they need?
Here is a link to a number of free calculators and tools to support your financial planning estimates: a link to them is here and all of them are FREE!
Reader question of the week (adapted for the site):
Mark, what’s your take Michael Burry predicting index funds will collapse? Reference:
Thanks so much!
Thanks for your question.
Ha. Well, I’m not sure I believe everything I read on the internet or in videos.
Will index funds collapse? I doubt it.
Will index funds go up and down in price? Absolutely.
Will there be index fund volatility in the near-term? Yup.
I will continue to invest in some low-cost index funds for extra diversification but my main investing approach has been and will continue to be dividend paying stocks. In fact, this was my recent dividend income update. The proof is in the process!
Thanks for your readership 🙂
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Have a great weekend!