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Five key retirement risks

A well-designed retirement plan should take into account the following key issues that can affect your income:

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Longevity

Canadians are leading longer and healthier lives;  an effective plan should consider a retirement lasting 20 or 30 years, or even longer.

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Asset allocation

Historically, equities have provided the long-term growth that is critical to a retirement plan. And a diversified portfolio that includes stocks, bonds and cash helps provide growth and protection against market volatility.

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Inflation

Retirees’ investment portfolios need to keep up with inflation. Even if the modest 2% inflation average of the past 20 years continues, it could erode the purchasing power of retirement income by 40% over a 25-year retirement.

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Withdrawal rate

The amount you withdraw from savings each year can dramatically affect how long a portfolio lasts. Too low a rate can needlessly compromise your retirement lifestyle, while too high a rate raises the danger that the portfolio will not last long enough.

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Health care

It’s important to understand what health care costs are not covered by government programs and, if applicable, account for any of these costs in your planning.

To help ensure that you have the money you need for as long as you’ll need it, you and your advisor should review your plan on a regular basis.