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When are you planning to retire and how much monthly income are you going to need

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Dec 27, 2005
543 posts
Toronto, ON

When are you planning to retire and how much monthly income are you going to need

I'm sure its been discussed in other sub threads but couldn't find it anything recent via search

Simple questions

How Old are you ?
When do you plan to retire?
What is your income source and how much do you will have on a Monthly basis ?
do you plan to live in North America or somewhere cheaper?
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Sep 19, 2013
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Is you real name Mark Zuckerberg...just kidding lol

if things go as planned, late 40s, I will become financially independent and then plan to fully retire around 50 give or take a few years
Salaried single income earner. in today's dollars, need about $3K to live, but more like $4K for a comfortablish living considering there will be some discretionary spending.
North America
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Oct 5, 2014
162 posts
Madden, AB
late - 30s
plan to retire at around 50
probably need about $3500 in today's dollar to retire
50% North America; 50% Asia
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Apr 11, 2008
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I plan to retire on CPP + OAS = $15-20K a year at 65.

Why am I saving again?
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Dec 4, 2016
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I plan to have the OPTION of retiring at 55 with 2k/month of RRSP withdraw plus 1k/month of TFSA withdraw. I'm in my mid-30s. That's for a couple.

All these in today's dollars. So 240k RRSP plus 120k TFSA, and fully paid off primary residence. Survive for 10 years before CPP/OAS/GIS kicks in, plus whatever other government programs. Of course, I plan to retire in Canada.

Ideally, I love my job at that time so much that I retire at 70, 2 years after I stopped drawing a salary, and three months after my desk is taken away and assigned to someone else.
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Feb 26, 2017
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Late 30s currently. I'm thinking I'd like to have the option to retire in my late 40s. I'll need about 6-7k per month from my RRSP, TFSA and unregistered accounts.
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Dec 24, 2007
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What I learned when I planned for my retirement.

#1 Don't listen to the financial institutions that throw out "advice" that you need to sufficient savings to replace 70 -80% of your income level to maintain your standard of living. You see that figure promoted everywhere amounting to fear mongering. It used to be 70% of your income and now I see many promoting 80%. The bank and mutual fund companies earn huge management fees from clients buying their funds and offering not much in return. That 80% figure might be valid in the US where their social safety net is so pitiful. In Canada, we have OAS and CPP if you contributed all your life plus we have "free" health care. So the government will provide enough to cover your basic needs when you retire, so you only then need savings to cover your discretionary spending which is recreation, entertainment, travel, eating out, etc. The average amount received in 2016 for retirees was OAS $7,000 and CPP was $7,700.

#2 Your lifestyle will dictate how much you need to spend. BMO did a study in 2015 on retiree spending and they came up with $2400 a month for a single person. Housing and Food make $1100 of the amount. Living expenses (bills, transportation) make up $600. That means $700 a month was spent on discretionary spending.

#3 If there are two of you sharing housing and living expenses then the cost per person is even lower plus you receive two OAS and CPP amounts.

#4 For most middle class seniors, it a well-kept secret that we really don't need senior discounts offered by many retailers but since they can't discriminate we take advantage of it, like Shopper Drug Mart's senior day discounts once a month, and save even more.

#5 Since the OAS and CPP doesn't kick in until 65, when you retire will depend on having sufficient funds to cover the years until you reach 65.

So don't sweat it too much, save enough to enjoy your retirement plans. Great article here from MoneySense magazine on what the reality is for most seniors (not talking the lower income ones) Retirement: A number you’ll love. Don't listen to the bank hype about the sky falling for seniors when they retire because most aren't.
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Jan 15, 2009
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Just north.
I'm late 30's, not sure when I'll retire, but if I hit a million dollar in liquid asset I will cut back on my hours.

If I use a 4% withdrawal rate, with a million dollar it would mean $40,000 a year in today's dollar. However my plan is to continue working PT, just to cover my expenses and let the money compound for longer.

Where will I spend my time? Probably only spending the summer here in Canada to avoid the suffocating heat and humidity in Asia.
Jr. Member
Mar 6, 2010
170 posts
when - ASAP.
WHEN - When I have 1 Million CAD bcoz it looks like this is the magic number to earn at least $2k/month in interest and dividends
Am I correct?
Deal Guru
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Nov 28, 2016
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Out west
No idea on both. Ill wait until this stage of my life ends before worrying about the next.

I have been saving money since I was 18 for retirement, and have a work pension to. But the answer to the original question is, dont know.

But better news than a friend of mind a few years younger that went in to start retirement planning and was told, you can never retire, unless you put away $2000 a month starting today.
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Dec 11, 2008
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How Old are you ? - we are both 35 yrs old
When do you plan to retire? - hopefully 56
What is your income source and how much do you will have on a Monthly basis ? - Defined Benefit Pension, CPP and OAS with be extra, investment income. No idea how much it will be but my pension should be about $4500 net a month. Our expenditure per month should be around $4500 as well so any extras will allow us to splurge more than what we spend now.
do you plan to live in North America or somewhere cheaper? - Stay right here in Toronto to live but travel abroad more often than we do now
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Nov 24, 2013
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Kingston, ON
Freedom 55 (or sooner).

I'm working towards 55 being the worst case as that's when the mortgage will be paid off if we keep current payments, when my wife can retire with an immediate unreduced DB pension, and we're already in our 'forever home' so we won't be hitting the reset button on housing in the meantime.

22 years to go (hopefully).
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Nov 8, 2017
1123 posts
Plan to retire around 60, 2500-3000 monthly

I kind retired backwards though.
18-35 I didn't really work and just sold weed and shit, traveled around and pretty much did what ever I wanted
Oct 17, 2007
425 posts
Realistically, retirement date is around 58-59... will hopefully have enough saved for ~$4500/monthly
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Feb 1, 2006
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We're 42, currently on sabbatical-type thing, travelling full time. We'll do some part time work when we finish travels, then fully retire around 47-48 if we want to. We'll live on $45k in today's dollars, with a paid off house. Income source from 48-60 will be investment withdrawals, then 60+ will be pensions.

We will live in a LCOL area of Ontario, or maybe Nova Scotia, haven't decided yet, and currently homeless. GTA/GVA too expensive for early retirees, and we don't like big cities anyways.