RRSP season is typically a period when Canadians make significant contributions to their portfolios. This year you have until February 29th to make an RRSP contribution that you can apply to reduce your taxable income for the 2023 tax year. I’ve updated the RRSP season post on Cut The Crap Investing. You’ll find a link that will allow you to pit the RRSP account type vs the wonderful TFSA account. You will likely be surprised. This Sunday Reads also includes a host of retirement focused post links and commentary. It was also a big week for earnings and my portfolio.
That post aligns with last weeks Sunday Reads – too many Canadian investors are bananas for choosing high-fee actively managed mutual funds vs low-fee passive index ETFs. Who doesn’t want to double their retirement lifestyle?
A look at the magnificent earnings highlights from our Microsoft …
While most would suggest the stock is expensive, it’s possible that the revenue and free cash flow growth will gobble up that valuation issue in quick order. Just wow. Artificial Intelligence is already figuring out how to boost earnings in every division.
And then from my favourite and largest growth stock – Apple.
Apple and Microsoft lead the growth charge for our U.S. stock portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway too, given that almost 50% of the public stock portfolio is invested in Apple. I recently updated the (out)performance of our U.S. stock portfolio on Seeking Alpha.
That link offers many of my Seeking Alpha posts. At the top of the list you’ll find that U.S. stock portfolio update article.
More Sunday Reads
We’ll first check in with Mark at My Own Advisor. Mark turns up the volume, asking if loud budgeting will work for you. Budgeting and knowing where your money is going is so important. To invest, and build wealth, we need to earn much more than we spend. We need to be cash flow positive.
Here are some wonderful tools at Get Smarter About Money. And check out my personal finance book. OK, it’s so simple I scrapped the book idea and went for a 1500 word blog. I found $888,000 in your coffee while looking at the personal finance basics.
Mark also shared the top utility stocks in Canada from stocktrades.ca.
Dan at Stocktrades was stumping everyone with this incredible Tweet …
Last week was the magnificent earnings feast. A few of the market-driving magnificent 7 reported quarterly and annual earnings. Dividend Hawk is keeping an eye on things with the weekly wrap that includes the top blog posts of the week. You’ll also see Hawk’s dividends received for the week. I was in on Scotiabank, TD Bank, TC Energy, CVS Health and more. He’ll be busy next week, too …
We then make the climb to catch up with Banker on Wheels, who asks if we should invest in stocks at all-time highs. This was worth Tweeting …
And turning back to that all-time high question …
Also in the mix was a post on A Wealth of Common Sense. A reader asked if they should live off of the dividends. You’ll find some great charts in that post that demonstrate why living off of the dividends is not a good idea. The spend rate would be too low, you’d spend less, and you’re at the mercy of dividend cuts.
See the dividend decline chart (U.S. stocks) in that post.
You don’t want to be forced to curtail your retirement plan because of an ill-timed financial crisis.Ben Carlson
With a common sense well-balanced portfolio you can spend more while managing the sequence of returns risk with bonds and other.
Readers will know that I also like some dedicated inflation fighters in the mix.
All said, a Canadian would be able to generate a higher dividend yield, and Canadian dividend payers can be a wonderful part of a retirement portfolio. But we can’t turn our backs on the importance of international diversification and again, that sequence of returns risk.
The 4 phases of retirement
Fritz at The Retirement Manifesto offers the 4 phases of retirement. The post looks at a Ted Talk that has generated millions of views.
- The honeymoon phase
- Loss and lost
- Trial and error
- Reinvent and rewire
As always, a very thoughtful and thought-provoking post from Fritz. We both often write that we have to have a retirement life plan (filled with purpose) to work in tandem with that rock-solid financial plan.
Another look at annuities
This is one of the most-read posts on Cut The Crap Investing …
I have freshed up that post for 2024 and beyond. For many, annuities would make perfect sense for a portion of the retirement portfolio. And again, it means increasing the pension component of your investment mix – guaranteed income for life.
On Twitter I offered, on annuities vs bonds.
And on the general premise …
This is not advice. Do what’s right for you. But know the difference between cash and bonds and GICs vs annuities.
Related post from Alexandra Macqueen …
At Passive Canadian Income Rob looks back at 2023 and a year of progress.
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