In my latest personal net worth review post, I mentioned that “now is the time to get your act together to do some tax planning if you have been slacking.” Well, I was slacking a bit, so I started my quest to try to find new deductions or methods to lower my income tax. After a little digging around, I got side-tracked because I came across a very interesting statistics from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website. The statistics lead me to ask an important question, “is there an easy way to boost my retirement savings?”
Before I dive into the statistics from the CRA, let’s take a step back and talk about savings in general. Let’s face it, not spending your money now and saving for tomorrow sucks. For many people, it’s really difficult to delay their gratification now and save for retirement. That’s why the average Canadian carry an average balance of $22,125 in non-mortgage debt based on the latest report from Equifax.
Pay Off High Interest Debt First
If you’re currently carrying a non-mortgage debt balance, I would recommend that you pay off your debt first before you try this recommendation to boost your retirement savings. Chances are, the interest rate that you pay on your debt will be more than the 7% estimate rate of return in this example. Hence, you’ll keep more money in your pocket if you pay off your high-interest debts first.
Is There An Easy Way?
So, is there any easy method to boost your retirement savings that don’t require you to change your spending habits or to cut back on your current lifestyle at all? Are you dying to know? Okay, I think that I may have to stop babbling and delaying. If I don’t review the method, people will start to get upset at me. I better get to the point. Fast.
Your Average Tax Refund
The easiest way to boost your retirement savings is to invest your tax refund wisely every April. Instead of using the tax refund to go on a vacation, buy a new TV or some new gadgets, invest it. I will show you exactly how to do it. If you start early (at age 25), you can save close to $365,000 by the age of 65, tax-free. Don’t worry, if you are a late starter (like at age 40), you can still save close to $117,000 by the age of 65 without breaking a sweat. Are you interested? Let’s find out how.
Okay, here’s the interesting stats that I came across on the CRA website. Based on the 2016 tax returns filed by Canadians, the average Canadian got an average of $1,735 in tax refunds. If you’re getting less than the average amount, you’re either really efficient with your taxes or you’re not working hard enough to get deductions. If it’s the latter case, then pick up the slack and try to keep more money in your pocket.
Invest In The S&P 500 Index
So, what if you are getting the average tax refund amount or a more? Well, you are all set to boost your retirement savings. All you have to do is invest at least $1,700 of your tax refund in the iShare S&P 500 index ETF – (XSP) using your Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) every year until you reach the golden age of 65. Assuming that from now till the time that you reach 65, the average annual compounded return is a modest 7%. Historically, over the last hundred years, the S&P 500 index’s average compounded return is more than 7% annually. You may be surprised by what I am about to review in the table below.
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Start Investing Early
For someone who started investing at age 25, you’ll have a total of approximately $364,836.27 in retirement savings by the time you’re 65. For someone who started at 30, 35 and 40, you’ll have a total of approximately $253,152.88, $173,524.17 and $116,750.00, respectively by the age of 65. See the summary table below.
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Don’t Be A Skeptic
Now, I know that some of you are going to be skeptics and think that this post is just a gimmick post to grab some attention and page views. Well, I can assure you that it’s not and I am going put my money where my mouth is. I am going to make an offer to any skeptics out there who’s 40 or younger. I am going to offer to sell you (the skeptic) a “customised ISaved5k put options” (yes, this put option is unique and it’s only offered on this blog).
For those that are not familiar with put options, you can read my post on how I make money selling options. Essential, if you are the purchaser of a normal put options, you have purchased the right and not the obligation to sell to the seller of the put options something (whatever you agreed upon) for a specific price within a specific time frame. To get that right, you’ll have to pay the options writer (seller) a premium (some monetary value).
Here are my customised ISaved5k put options offer:
- Any Canadian who’s 40 or younger can purchase this option
- Once you’ve entered into this agreement, you need to invest at least $1,700 to purchase the iShare S&P 500 index ETF – (XSP) using your Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) once a year
- You need to continue with this investment once a year until your 65th birthday and re-invest any income that you received back into the iShare S&P 500 index ETF – (XSP)
- You cannot withdraw any money from the TFSA during this period
- At December 31st of the year of your 65th birthday, you will sell all the iShare S&P 500 index ETF – (XSP) to me at double the principal amount that you have invested.
- You don’t need to pay any premium upfront for this contract, just type “I want to help Leo make free money.” in the comment section.
- Pro: you will be guaranteed to double your investment tax-free
- Cons: you will not be getting anything above twice the amount of your principal
The Awesome Track Record Of The S&P 500 Index
After reviewing my options, the skeptics must be asking, “why would someone be willing to make this offer?” First of all, the S&P 500 index had never lost any money during any continuous 20-year period. For my worst case scenario, I have a 25-year period if someone at the age of 40 bought my options. Secondly, when you invest consistently over time (this is called dollar cost averaging), you are following a proven investment system to make money. Both of these factors are in my favour. Hence, I am more than willing to take the bet with these advantages.
My Two Cents
Just by investing the average tax refund amount of $1700 once a year, this single financial move can help you build at least a six-figure retirement nest egg for individuals who are 40 or younger. If there is one move that you need to make in your life to build some sort of financial security for yourself, this is the one. Don’t wait, start investing in your future today.
So, will you buy my customised ISaved5k put options? Or you’ll make this one bold move to boost your retirement savings?