You may be hearing more about Private Investments these days and wondering if they are suitable. The first question you may have is why the focus on them now?
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Sometimes we spend so much time preparing for what’s to come, that we forget to maximize the joy in our every day.
Retirement no longer serves up connotations of aimless afternoons drinking tea and playing bingo. Instead – as explored in Parts 1 and 2 – increased life expectancy now offers a longevity opportunity: the chance to return to neglected passions and enjoy your later years while earning income in the process. However, just like with bingo, the numbers need to be right. A sturdy financial plan is paramount to maximising a fulfilling encore career.
Many of us put our dreams and hobbies on the backburner for all kinds of understandable reasons – a job that will pay the mortgage or put the kids through college, to carry on the family business or to pay off debt, for example. For those who love what they do, an encore career offers them the chance to keep on going, albeit at a slower pace. For others, maybe the career you chose when you were 20 was the wrong one, or maybe after 30 years you simply want to try something else.
Ever wished you could do things over? Go back and study harder at school? Or pursue your dream career rather than settle for a steady pay cheque? Maybe you wanted to work overseas but didn’t get the chance. While no-one gets a Benjamin Button-style rewind option, the days of lamenting how you “missed the boat” could be over.
Well-meaning friends and family members are full of advice and support when we are pursuing that ambitious goal or that risky next step. Some might ask, “what’s the worst that can happen?” While seemingly supportive and encouraging, research has shown that the appropriate retort is, “what’s the best that can happen?”
One of the least discussed but most commonly made mistakes when retiring? We all know with certainty what we are retiring from but many of us do not have full clarity on what we are retiring to…
The Bank of Canada’s monetary policy should be boring. Like a hockey or soccer referee, people shouldn’t notice it. If they do, it usually means a contentious decision has been made. Interest-rate policy and inflation figures shouldn’t be the main topic of discussion around an average family dinner table.
Whether it’s the sight of Logan Roy foaming at the mouth at his conniving, inheritance-sucking kids in Succession or the recent Federal budget, which outlined new rules around intergenerational business transfers, the passing down of family wealth is a core part of a good financial plan.
"Second Retirement" refers to the period after the death of the first spouse when the survivor must tend to household, financial and health matters alone. This article correctly points out that fewer still focus on the repercussions to the spouse who is left behind.
Investing money at its most basic is just delayed consumption. Putting $250 away versus buying another pair of shoes simply means you can buy those shoes at some point in the future. It makes sense then that the baseline goal of investing is to protect the purchasing power of your money.
Keeping your nerve when you see minus signs on your portfolio statement is not easy. Throw in a global pandemic, the rising cost of living, interest rate hikes, and a news cycle of war and political division, and it’s little wonder many investors want to exit the market and hunker down until the good times return.
Most investment portfolios have three basic components. Cash that has option value for future buys, equity for growth that hopefully exceeds inflation, and income that generates cash flow. Normally, our income investments are stable - we get some capital appreciation with predictable cash distributions. That was the case, until 2022!
How the COVID-19 pandemic alters the path of history remains to be seen. Like a retiree looking back over their life, it’s only in hindsight that they can fully process the impact of euphoric highs and devastating lows. The great events of history are similar; they shape people and societies.