4 Steps to a Worry-Free Retirement in Canada – Kyle Prevost

4 Steps to a Worry Free Retirement in Canada - Kyle Prevost

In this episode, our guest Kyle Prevost is going to take us through how much we need to retire, as Canadians, and how much can we sustainably withdraw from our portfolio to not run out of money once we retire.

If you are a long-time listener of the show, then by now you would have definitely heard of the 4% rule, which helps answer these two questions. But, the 4% rule was created by Americans, for Americans, so how do all those findings and statistics apply to us Canadians? 

(If you are new to the show, then don’t worry, we’ll go through what the 4% rule is, and the many caveats that exist with it, that we should keep in mind as Canadians.)

You’re also going to learn:

  • By how much can you increase the amount that you withdraw from your portfolio when you retire, so that you can keep up with inflation
  • For those (like myself) who don’t like how rigid the 4% Rule is and would rather adjust their spending year-to-year depending on how the markets perform (i.e. taking out more during the good times, and less when the markets are down), Kyle discusses what sort of structures he has found to work well for that.

About Our Guest:

Kyle is the founder of the Canadian Financial Summit and he and I have been co-hosting the summit together for the past 2 years. He is also a longtime personal finance columnist and you’ve probably seen a lot of his work over at MoneySense, and he’s been in the National Post, CBC News, The Globe and Mail, and many others.  Most recently he is also the creator of 4 Steps to a Worry-Free Retirement – the first online course for Canadian retirement planning.

He has over a decade and a half of experience at this point when it comes to teaching personal finance, and I was actually part of the test group for his 4 Steps to a Worry-Free Retirement course, and I can personally say that it’s really, really good. I’m not getting paid to promote it, or anything like that, I just think that he’s built an incredibly valuable resource specifically for Canadians, and I want to help him out in whatever way I can as it’s something that I wish I had when I hit my financial independence number, and it’s something that I desperately want my parents to go through, as they enter their retirement.

I hope you check it out and give him your support. And the link to check it out is over at buildwealthcanada.ca/kyle.

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Questions Covered:

  1. When it comes to figuring out how much we need to retire, we often hear about the 4% Rule. Yet, a lot of the research out there on the 4% Rule was created by Americans, for Americans. In the research and interviews that you’ve done, how well have you found the 4% Rule to apply to Canadians? (and please briefly define the 4% Rule for anybody that is new to all this).

    Follow up question: Are there any caveats that you’ve found in your research that are different for Canadians using the 4% Rule vs the Americans using it?

  2. If somebody decides to use the 4% Rule, one of the rules/guides that they are supposed to follow is to increase the amount of money that they withdraw every year by inflation. For us Canadians, where have you found to be the best place to get that number?

  3. For those that don’t like how rigid the 4% Rule is and would rather adjust their spending year-to-year depending on how the markets perform, what sort of structures have you found to work well for that? (ex. variable percentage withdrawal rules)


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