Turbo-Charge Your Retirement Savings

Interest in Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) has been growing. That's because an IPP may be able to provide higher pension benefits for small business owners who meet specific criteria. CIBC Wood Gundy is partnered with Buck Consultants, a highly respected actuarial firm to be able to provide custodial and actuarial services for your IPP.

An IPP is an employer-sponsored, defined benefit pension plan. This means that an actuary determines the level of contributions that the employer must make to ensure a stable pension income stream for the employee. Similar to an RRSP, contributions accumulate and compound within the plan sheltered from taxes. At retirement, taxes are payable on amounts withdrawn. With an IPP, there is the potential to save more funds for retirement because of higher contribution limits than RRSPs. It's important to note that funds invested in an IPP cannot be withdrawn until retirement or plan termination.

IPPs are best suited for individuals over 45 years of age and earning over $110,000 per year. You should currently be contributing the maximum allowable to your RRSP and have at least a five-year time horizon until retirement. Additionally, an employer must be willing to set up, administer and fund the IPP.

With CIBC Wood Gundy offering custodial services for IPPs, you can choose from an eligible list of investments. Like RRSPs, investments within your IPP are subject to foreign content restrictions. In addition, all investments must comply with applicable pension legislation investment guidelines. An IPP strategy should be considered within the context of a comprehensive financial and estate plan.

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