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Old 08-29-2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I'm a long time lurker and decided to out myself. I live in western Canada, have sufficient means to support our lifestyle at a 2.5% WR and doubt I can add much to the forum but I'll try. I'm now 65, been retired for 7 years and love it.

Still with my original wife, which might explain a large part of the FI, and my only daughter married a week ago (after careful thought and attaining 34 years). Only son has been married for several years and produced 3 GC for us.

Don't know what else to say. I'm an indexer but "play" with about <1% of portfolio. My TFSA (for non-Canadians try The Tax-Free Savings Account ) has reached $55K, not bad if you read the contribution limits ($31K).

Hope I don't offend anyone by my (sometimes) blunt comments.

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Old 08-30-2014, 08:48 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome from another Canuck.
Something I have been struggling with is whether or not to put money into my DS new TFSA that he opened this summer. I do not want him depending on his parents, we are after all working 50/50 with him on his education.
Just thinking out loud.
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Hi all, I'm a long time lurker and decided to out myself. . . .

Hope I don't offend anyone by my (sometimes) blunt comments.

Welcome, Rick. Sounds like things are rolling along well for you.

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Welcome Rick-Head (only one D away from a far less salubrious name. ) from another member in western Canada.

Nice TFSA, by the way! Mine is not so large, as I initially invested predominantly in GICs and have withdrawn some funds as they matured. I now have index funds as well. It's essential to keep track of contributions and withdrawals. I use an Excel spreadsheet, but I'm surprised there isn't a proprietary calculator.
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Something I have been struggling with is whether or not to put money into my DS new TFSA that he opened this summer. I do not want him depending on his parents, we are after all working 50/50 with him on his education.
I wouldn't do it seems quite inconsistent with your - laudable - objective of encouraging independence.

He should learn to set money aside and fund his own TFSA. If he doesn't currently have sufficient $ available to max out the $5,500 annual limit, the contribution room carries over and he can do so later.
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