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The best time to put a plan into action is today

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You may have postponed saving for retirement because there always seems to be another competing demand for your money. Whether retirement is in the distant future or around the corner, the best time to start saving is as early as possible so that you build a habit for saving and put time on your side.

Age is nothing but a number

The fact is we all need to save, whether for retirement or for an emergency fund. The only difference between a 25-year-old and a 55-year-old is that the 55-year-old who is just starting to save for the future has to make up for lost time.

But you can start to make up for it by:

  • saving larger amounts
  • changing your saving and investment approaches, as long as you understand any risk involved

Saving more

If you delayed saving and are trying to catch up, increasing the amount you are saving may make up for lost time. Someone who has been saving since they started working may have a head start, but saving larger amounts now can certainly help to bridge that gap. Of course, saving significant amounts of money isn’t always feasible.

Adjusting your approach

If you are willing to take on more risk for the possibility of higher returns and have time to ride out any short-term volatility, working with a professional to adjust your investment approach could enhance your savings.

For example, an advisor could recommend investing your savings in mostly equity-based mutual funds in the hopes of achieving greater growth over the longer term, e.g. over 10-15 years. That said, while these types of funds tend to post stronger gains than other investment options over time, they are also likely to expose you to a heightened amount of volatility that you may or may not be comfortable with. This is why discussing your short- and long-term savings needs with an advisor is important.  

It’s also good to start with a budget and to look at other strategies for building your savings – like a pre-authorized savings plan that will allow you to save smaller amounts each month to avoid having to come up with a large lump sum amount to invest.

Check out this table to see how your monthly savings could grow:

Assumes a 6% Annualized rate of return.
Source: RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
The rate of return is used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and is not intended to reflect future values of the mutual fund or returns on investment in the mutual fund.

Talk to your advisor today about the best time to put your plan into action.


This information has been provided by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM) and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal, accounting, tax, investment, financial or other advice and such information should not be relied upon for providing such advice. The information contained herein is from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please consult your advisor and read the prospectus or Fund Facts document before investing. There may be commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses associated with mutual fund investments. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. RBC Funds, BlueBay Funds and PH&N Funds are offered by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and distributed through authorized dealers.

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