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Retirement Planning

Checklist - Between 2 and 10 years to retirement

A clear path to retirement requires a clear plan. If retirement is now on the horizon and no longer a distant goal, you’ll want to make sure preparing for it is a priority. Using this time to continue to save and build your assets, while paying off outstanding debt can really make a difference. This is also the perfect time to put some serious thought into what your retirement will look like. This checklist will help you do just that.

Checklist - Less than 2 years to retirement

Transition into retirement with confidence. As you transition into retirement, keep in mind your income could come from multiple sources at different times of the month. You’ll need to know where that income will come from, how much you’ll receive, and when you’ll receive it. Before you retire, you’ll need to complete a variety of employer and government forms. This checklist will help you move into your retirement seamlessly.

Pension Income-splitting Provides Tax Planning Opportunities for Couples

The pension income-splitting rules provide an effective, yet simple, strategy to lower family taxes. Being able to split pension income provides an opportunity for couples to reduce their overall family tax bill by taking advantage of a spouse’s or common law partner’s lower marginal tax rate where retirement incomes are disproportionate.

The 40-70 rule: Helping adult children communicate with their aging parents

The 40-70 rule is a guideline — if you’re at least 40 or if your parents are at least 70, it’s time to start a discussion about some of the more sensitive issues.

Common topics adult children may need to discuss with their aging parents

Consider the following suggestions on how to approach some common topics that you may need to discuss with your aging parents.

Financial Planning

Looking Forward to Life’s Milestones

Life is a journey, with each of us choosing our own unique path. Your personal journey will be shaped by the decisions you make during significant milestones, and how you navigate through the detours you may be faced to take along the way. As a result, it’s important to understand some of life’s milestones to ensure you’re better prepared to navigate your way through these important crossroads.

Is home ownership a good investment?

Owning a home is a financial goal that Canadians strive for. But is it a wise investment? That’s a good question.

COVID-19 Update

Portfolio construction during these challenging times

On April 14, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth, spoke with Lesley Marks, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investment Management, BMO Private Wealth to discuss portfolio construction during these challenging times.

Next chapter of this market volatility

On April 14, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth, spoke with Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, BMO Capital Markets to discuss what the next chapter of this market volatility could look like.

Perspectives on Investing & the Covid-19 Impact

April 6, 2020: The impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to change each week. Here are some current perspectives for investors during these uncertain times.

Other

BMO Nesbitt Burns Gateway®

This article provides an overview of the information and tools available through Gateway. A key feature of Gateway is the ability to access your BMO Nesbitt Burns account statements and trade confirmations electronically by signing up for eDocuments.

Tax Planning Strategies

Tax Tips For Investors

Knowing how the tax rules affect your investments is essential. Tax strategies that you should consider such as income splitting, charitable giving and estate planning.

Tax Slips Overview

In an effort to help simplify your tax preparation efforts, we are providing you with a brief overview of the various tax slips and supporting documents you may receive from BMO, and their expected mailing dates.

Personal Tax Calendar 2021

While most Canadians are aware of the April 30 personal income tax filing deadline, there are other important tax deadlines that must be observed over the course of the year – especially if you want to take advantage of certain tax deductions and credits. This calendar summarizes several important dates on the tax calendar and offers some tips to help you with your overall wealth planning. Where a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”), the deadline is generally extended to the next business day.

Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Income Tax

Although Canadian snowbirds reside in the U.S. for only a part of the year, there is the potential of being considered a U.S. resident and, in turn, having to pay U.S. income tax on the same basis as a permanent U.S. resident. This article outlines how the U.S. government determines whether you are a resident for income tax purposes; namely, it covers the criteria for meeting the Substantial Presence Test, Closer Connection Exception and the Canada U.S. Income Tax Treaty Tie-Breaker Rules.

Managing Your Wealth

BMO Wealth Institute Report

Make better investment choices by understanding and reducing bias. BMO Wealth Management provides insights and strategies around wealth planning and financial decisions to better prepare you for a confident financial future.

Wealth Themes

Wealth Themes is a monthly compilation of timely articles and tools from our experts and other BMO Financial Group partners.

Wealth Planning Facts & Figures

This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.

Financial Resolutions for 2021

As you consider your financial priorities for the coming year, here are some financial resolutions that could help you save taxes, protect your portfolio, and position you for financial success in 2021.

Having a TFSA works

Having a TFSA works. Get one working for you. Whether you’re saving for a new car, a home purchase, your child’s education or retirement, a TFSA can help you reach your financial goals sooner.

Having Meaningful Money Conversations With Your Partner

Communication is essential in any relationship, and that includes being able to talk about money. In a BMO Financial Group study,1 Canadians cited conflicts over finances (68 per cent) as the primary reason why a couple might divorce; ahead of infidelity (60 per cent) and disagreements about family (36 per cent). Money has the potential to be a source of tension and conflict for any couple, regardless of their net worth. This article provides some suggestions to help you and your partner have more meaningful discussions around money,

Estate & Succession Planning

Preparing Your Last Will and Testament

The attached article – Preparing Your Last Will and Testament – explains various aspects of Will preparation including, the importance of appointing an appropriate executor, life events that warrant a Will review and the use of testamentary trusts.

Looking Forward to Life’s Milestones

Life is a journey, with each of us choosing our own unique path. Your personal journey will be shaped by the decisions you make during significant milestones, and how you navigate through the detours you may be faced to take along the way. As a result, it’s important to understand some of life’s milestones to ensure you’re better prepared to navigate your way through these important crossroads

“Stress Testing” Your Estate Plan in a Time of Crisis

April 30, 2020: A crisis can be a catalyst for action if you don’t have an estate plan – or even a Will. Here is a checklist to help ensure your estate plan is up to date, reflects your current wishes, and continues to align to your goals.

Research

Rates Scenario

Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.

Equity Research Strengths & Distinctions

Our goal is to be a leader in investment research, providing investors with insight and actionable money-making investment ideas.

Economic and Market Updates

Portfolio Strategy

Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.

Global Equity Weekly

A look at what happened in the equity markets over the past week and an update on the earnings reports.

Special Report | Post-Election Economic Landscape

A timely analysis of recent economic events

Podcast: Brian Belski’s Market Outlook for 2021

In this episode, Sylvain Brisebois, Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager, BMO Private Wealth speaks with Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, BMO Capital Markets who shares his thoughts on the unprecedented nature of 2020 and challenges that remain for 2021. BMO Capital Markets’ recent publication, 2021 Market Outlook, is also attached to this invitation.

2021 Market Outlook - BMO Private Wealth

2021 Market Outlook – The Continuation of the Roaring Twenties Recovery, Rotation and Reflation

Investment Strategy: 2021 Market Outlook

BMO’s outlook on the equity markets featuring Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, to help you prepare for the coming year.

Current News / Affairs

2021 Federal Budget Review

On April 19, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first Federal Budget from the minority Liberal government in the House of Commons. Since the government did not introduce a budget in 2020 because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first Federal Budget in more than two years.

Education and Knowledge

Networth Newsletter

A quarterly publication written by BMO Subject Matter Experts on a variety of timely and relevant wealth management topics.

Registered Retirement Savings Plans

Investing in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (“RRSP”) is one of the soundest ways to ensure you enjoy a financially secure retirement. In order to maximize the benefits of an RRSP, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the rules that govern them.

BMO Experts Share Their Most Important Investment Lessons

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, many investors agree that they’ve made a few mistakes along the way. In the attached article we asked four BMO Financial Group experts to share the most important lessons they’ve learned during their careers as investment professionals. The lessons learned, some which may be familiar to you, provide insight and best practices to consider when investing and managing your portfolio.