Let’s consider the merits of a retirement plan. Firstly, the plan will aid you in the setting of clear goals for your retirement such as the age that you want to finish work and what you want your retirement to look like in terms of lifestyle. Secondly, it will help you to establish how much you need to save now to have a retirement that meets your objectives. Thirdly, a plan will allow you to choose your investment options wisely.

How do you know how much you need to save is a common question. This depends on three factors:

  • Your age
    • It makes sense that starting to save for retirement when you are younger means that you need to save less money than if you start later in life
  • Benefits available to you
    • There are a range of federal government benefits that you might be eligible for. These  include the Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security
  • Your lifestyle
    • Your personal plans for your retirement will inevitably effect how much you need to save to fund it

If you haven’t started saving for your retirement yet, or have less in your retirement savings plan than you would like, take a look at our top tips to accelerate your savings:

  • Make the most of RRSPs and TFSAs to minimize your tax bill and make your money grow faster
  • Take advantage of any pensions or savings plans that your workplace offers. The contributions that your employer makes can add extra value to your fund
  • Think about putting spare money into your retirement fund
  • Look at your spending habits to identify opportunities to cut back and save more

Taking steps to create an effective retirement plan is a decision that will pay off as you approach your golden years, giving you the opportunity to have the savings for the retirement that you deserve.

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Investment Portfolio Qualities

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Investment Diversification

Diversification across sectors and asset class

Sector Focus
• Financials • Industrials • Healthcare
• Consumer Products • Enterprise Technology

Targeted Assets
• Stocks • Bonds • Real Estate
• Private Equity


Global Reach and Transparency

Companies that have international scale exhibit certain desirable traits

• Geographic diversification provides protection
• Transparent and strong corporate governance
• Ability to grow into new markets

Stability and Strength

Companies that exhibit financial strength and business stability are paramount

• Strong balance sheet
• Conservative use of debt
• Requires minimal capital to maintain
• Consistent high free cash flows
• Competitive moat and pricing power

Proven Leadership

Management can turn a good investment to extraordinary with skilled capital allocation. We assess management by analyzing the following:

• Mergers & acquisitions success
• Business re-investment results
• Share buyback execution
• Dividend history

These are for illustrative and information purposes only and were created by KAI Asset Management Inc. for the sole purpose of KAI Asset Management Inc clients and one should not take it as investment advice or instruction.

Tax Free Savings Account

A Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) can be an effective way to save for the future, even for those who are only able to save a little every year. Your savings will grow more quickly in a TFSA due to the fact that you do not pay any tax on the earnings. You also do not pay any tax on your withdrawals.

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Registered Retirement Savings Plan

A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is a savings account which offers you a simple way to put money away for your retirement. Key features of an RRSP include tax free accumulation of investments savings within the RRSP and all  eligible contributions made to an RRSP are tax deductible.

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Registered Education Savings Plan

An Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) provides an excellent investment vehicle to save for your children’s post secondary education. Like an RRSP or TFSA, money deposited into an RESP grows tax free, giving you the opportunity to grow your savings quicker while taking advantage of both Provincial (if available) and Federal Savings Grants. 

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Our Expertise

Rather than offer our clients generic, mass-market financial solutions, we work exclusively with a small number of privileged clients who benefit from the expertise of skilled wealth management specialists. With our professional qualifications, we are highly experienced in creating close and trusted partnerships with clients and delivering innovative solutions.

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