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Business PlanningCan You Retire With $1 Million?


This article was reviewed by Chris Singer, CFP®.

It’s Not That Much Anymore…

Is a million enough? It used to be that having a million dollars was a big deal, right? You were set for life with no cares or worries financially. When did that change?

Have you ever made any statements such as: “I remember when gas was only 25 cents per litre.” As my kids remind me, yes I am getting older but it also means that inflation is slowly affecting the cost of living.

If you had a million dollars saved to provide for retirement, how much income would you have?

Annual Gross Income = $50,216.12

Based on the following assumptions:
Savings – $1,000,000
Investment Return – 5%
Inflation – 3%
Length of Retirement – 25 years

This total is what you would receive before tax. There is lots of debate on how much of your pre-retirement income is enough as a retirement goal. Typically the number can range from 50% to 70% of pre-retirement income.

If you are within 10 years of retirement you should have a detailed written plan illustrating the cash flows that you will need. For people that are farther out from retirement, you should have a rough calculation or general financial plan showing your strategy to save money and reduce debt for retirement.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Facts & Figures:

OAS* (Old Age Security) is currently:
Maximum monthly amount is $549.89
Average monthly amount is $515.97

CPP** (Canada Pension Plan) is currently:
Maximum monthly amount is $1,012.50
Average monthly amount is $596.66