Weekend Reading – Personal IPS, reader questions, DIY financial planning and more #moneystuff

Hi Folks!

Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition where I share some of my favourite articles from the week that was across the personal finance and investing blogosphere.

Great day to be outside! I will be out there very, very soon!


Earlier this week, I published this post about the 4% rule. I feel it’s actually a very good starting point for you and me. Thoughts?

Why the 4% rule is actually (still) a decent rule of thumb

Enjoy the rest of these articles and your time outdoors or whatever you have planned this weekend!


On Cut The Crap Investing the coronavirus crisis doesn’t seem scare some retail investors. 

Handful of Thoughts highlighted the benefits of a personal investment policy statement (IPS).

This blog is actually an IPS of sorts but I think there is value in writing up a more detailed specific post on this subject myself. Will add to my to-do list!

In a nutshell, I think an IPS should include the following:

  • Guidance for decision-making
  • A roadmap to goals
  • Actionable steps
  • Short-term objectives (savings)
  • Long-term objectives (investing)
  • Tolerance for risk
  • How to navigate inflation and taxation.

What’s your take on an IPS? Do you have one?

A Purple Life is targeting a mere three months to early retirement. Impressive.


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Reader question of the week (adapted for the site):

Hi Mark,

I’m really enjoying the valuable content on your site. I like your DIY approach. I’m 53 and just started my journey to financial independence and retirement within the next 12 years. I feel I can manage most of my financial planning on my own with some professional help from time to time.

More specifically, I love how you have decided to take the bull by the horns and manage your financial plan and future on your own. Your site has provided tons of great information. Not to mention you’re Canadian! Who hooo. 

Question for you. I’ve figured out I need just over $600K invested/in my personal portfolio over the next 12 years for a great retirement but I want to run some scenarios to see if that’s true. Any suggestions including free financial planning or projection tools that I can use myself? I know you like free stuff Mark!

Thanks Mark!

Great questions.

Thanks very much for the kind words. That stuff makes my day…

And yes, I like free stuff 🙂

Here are a few resources, no affiliations at all, that are FREE that you might want to consider – see my Helpful Sites page:

DIY Financial Planning Calculators

Not sure how to visualize your portfolio or backtest portfolio returns?  This site is one the best I’ve seen at this – and it’s FREE.  Check out Portfolio Visualizer.

This is my go-to RRSP calculator here.

Vanguard has an excellent retirement nest egg calculator.

Here is an excellent TFSA calculator here showing how to generate a $1 million portfolio tax-free.

Morneau Shepell has a decent Retirement Income for Life calculator here.

Here is a blogpost about Variable Percentage Withdrawal (VPW) and a link to a FREE portfolio draw down tool here.

Here is an excellent RRSP/RRIF withdrawal calculator on TaxTips.ca.

I like this LIF minimum and maximum withdrawal calculator.

I hope that helps!

Happy Investing,


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5 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Personal IPS, reader questions, DIY financial planning and more #moneystuff"

  1. Nothing wrong with personal goals and setting benchmarks, but I prefer keeping things simple.
    1. Pay your bills
    2. Keep debt to a minimum
    3. Save as much as you can
    4. Invest for Income

    1. Hi Cannew,

      Always enjoy reading your posts/replies. I am a retired senior and have always used a basic approach like yours. It has served me very well over the years.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Mark. I like how you included taxation and inflation in your personal investment policy statement – this is something I will have to revisit mine to include. We’ve had a taxation strategy ever since we had a $13,000+ tax bill one year. I just need to write it down and add it to our statement. Now hedging inflation is definitely an area I can learn more about.

    1. To be honest I don’t have a detailed IPS for my wife and I on taxation and/or inflationary considerations. Another thing on my to-do list 🙂

      All the best Maria and thanks for your support of my site as well.


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