CPPIB good news update

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) manages $392 billion as of 2019/Mar/31 for Canadians. Its mandate is to optimize return on investment for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), for many generations and with a low risk profile.
It released its latest annual report. The results are impressive.

  • the plan produced a solid 8.9% return this past financial year;
  • the plan’s net assets increased by almost $36 billion;
  • the plan produced an average of 9.2% return for the last 10 years.

Facts on CPP. Did you know that –

  • it was designed to provide just 25% of an average income (not 100%)?
  • CPP contributions are kept entirely separate from government general accounts, and at arms length from possible federal government’s meddling and political interference?
  • the plan’s chief actuary is responsible to review and make projections to ensure there will be no shortfall, for at least over the next 75 years?

If you’ve ever contributed to the Canada Pension Plan, you can view your estimated monthly CPP benefits on retirement. You need to obtain an account with MyService Canada and request a record of your personal CPP contributions over your working live.
MyService Canadahere’s the link

The bottom line on our collective CPP government pension – we need not worry our CPP will run of money any time soon!

CPPIBhere’s its link

CPABC’s RRSP tips for 2016 tax year

As a public service, CPABC is providing resources to assist individuals and businesses prepare their income tax returns, invest in RRSPs, and plan their finances. CPABC’s RRSP and tax tips for the 2016 tax year include important information pertaining to income, deductions, and tax credits.

Here’s the link on everything RRSP: www.rrspandtaxtips.com

contribute to SPP

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Yes you can, contribute to a SPP with your RRSP room!

Did you know that you can contribute to a Saskatchewan Pension Plan (SPP) even if you don’t live in Saskatchewan?   Yes (Canadian) folks, this is absolutely true.

Why SPP?

I like this plan because:
1)  it is easy to join;
2)  it is easy to contribute –
– annual maximum contribution is $2,500, which you can opt for monthly contributions using your credit card, and
– an annual additional transfer-in from an existing RRSP of up to $10,000;
3)  their management expense at .96% for their balanced fund is decent and lower than most managed mutual funds;
4)  their balanced fund return is decent.   Average return over the 30-year period since inception is 8.1%, with a respectable 5-year average of 7.6%.  Check out the full history here.   (Of course, you need to keep in mind that these rates are not guaranteed going forward.   They just show the plan’s past performance in investment returns.)

So give the SPP some serious consideration, especially if you are considering long term retirement investing.

And happy 2017 planning!