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Saving for retirement not top priority

first_img Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Keywords RetirementCompanies CIBC Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Saving for retirement isn’t a top priority for Canadians, according to a CIBC poll, which also offers insight that potentially explains why.When asked about financial priorities heading into the new year, only 6% of poll respondents cited saving for retirement. In fact, saving for a vacation was slightly more popular among respondents (7%). A see through piggy bank with money coins pogonici/123RF Instead, the No. 1 financial priority was paying down debt, cited by 26% of respondents, and the potential culprit keeping Canadians from focusing on savings.While paying down debt tops the list of priorities for the ninth consecutive year, it might be particularly significant this year: almost one-third of respondents (29%) say they’ve taken on more debt in the past year to cover such things as daily expenses, new cars or home renovations. The top sources of debt are credit cards (45% of respondents), mortgages (31%), car loans (23%), lines of credit (22%) and personal loans (11%).On a positive note, more than a quarter of Canadians say they have no debt (28%); however, that doesn’t necessarily translate to increased saving and investing. Only 12% of survey respondents said growing wealth was a financial priority. Further, 63% worry that the extended bull run is coming to a close — a perception that might tempt them to unwisely pull back on savings and buckle down on debt.“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet — not debt or savings, but both,” says Jamie Golombek, managing director, tax and estate planning, with CIBC Financial Planning and Advice, in a release.While being debt-free might help clients sleep better at night in the short term, says Golombek, it may cost more in the long run when missed savings and tax-sheltered growth are considered.In addition to having client discussions about saving for retirement, advisors might want to address other issues weighing on clients’ minds. The poll finds that Canadians are most concerned in 2019 about inflation (64%), a low loonie (34%) and rising rates (31%). Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage IE StaffCanadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

4 police officers injured in Aurora active shooter situation now recovering

first_imgThe Chicago field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had announced earlier that it responded to the scene.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation.Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, thanked the “brave” first responders, and called it “a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans.”“I am monitoring the situation in Aurora, Illinois. This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans. Thank you to the brave first responders who risked their lives this afternoon and apprehended the shooter,” she wrote on Twitter.I am monitoring the situation in Aurora, Illinois. This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans. Thank you to the brave first responders who risked their lives this afternoon and apprehended the shooter.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 15, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Chalabala/iStock(CHICAGO) — A suspect has been apprehended after an active shooting in Aurora, Illinois, city officials said.The city of Aurora, located about 40 miles east of Chicago, announced on its Twitter account that that alleged shooter had been caught.“THE SHOOTER HAS BEEN APPREHENDED!” the tweet read.EMERGENCY UPDATE | 3 p.m. THE SHOOTER HAS BEEN APPREHENDED! The area is still on lock down! More information will be provided soon.— City of Aurora, IL (@CityofAuroraIL) February 15, 2019Aurora police noted that the location has been “secured” but a “continued police presence will remain as investigation [sic] continues.”Active Shooter Incident has been secured. Shooter is no longer a threat to the area. Continued police presence will remain as investigation continues. Parents please contact your local school districts for dismissal plan https://t.co/P4y7X7K4og— Aurora (IL) Police (@AuroraPoliceIL) February 15, 2019Nearby hospital, Rush-Copley Medical Center, tweeted that they have received two patients who are being treated for non-life threatening injuries connected to the shooting.Rush Copley is assisting those involved in the active shooter incident in Aurora. The hospital has received two patients who are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.— Rush Copley (@rushcopley) February 15, 2019last_img read more

Sheryl Sandberg teams up with LeBron James to get men to #LeanIn

first_imgCNN:In the two years since “Lean In” became a best-seller and sparked countless conversations about gender equality, author Sheryl Sandberg says she has gotten one question over and over from men: What can they do?Now the Facebook chief operating officer is giving them some specific answers by aligning with one of the most popular athletes on the planet. If LeBron James is encouraging men to lean in for women, don’t you think some of his 19 million Twitter followers will get the message too?That’s certainly what Sandberg and her LeanIn.org colleagues are hoping, following their brand new partnership with the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association and the creation of a public service campaign called #LeanInTogether.…For girls, there’s an extra benefit, she said. By age 14, if a girl sees her father doing child care and housework, her concept of the array of things she can do professionally is much broader than that of girls who don’t see their fathers doing household chores, she said, pointing to a study by the University of British Columbia and published in a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.Read the whole story: CNNlast_img read more

Four railways save money with a joint train order

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Four metre-gauge operators in western Switzerland have jointly selected Stadler Bussnang to supply a total of 17 two and three-car electric multiple-units worth a total of SFr150m.Announcing the orders on March 13, Stadler said joint procurement had saved SFr28m compared to separate competitions and should offer long-term savings through maintenance synergies. Having reached the same point in their fleet renewal cycles, in August 2012 the operators issued a joint invitation to tender with a list of specifications that would meet the needs of all four companies. Stadler will sign separate contracts with each railway. Deliveries are scheduled to run from January 2015 to July 2016, and there are options worth a further SFr80m. Compagnie du Chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois has ordered four EMUs to replace its Class 4000 EMUs dating from 1968. Transports de la Région Morges-Bière-Cossonay has ordered four EMUs to replace units dating back to 1981 and enable the provision of a half-hourly service between Bière and Morges from December 2015. Transports Vallée de Joux Yverdon-les-Bains Ste-Croix has ordered two EMUs to replace stock nearing the end of its service life, and a third to allow the introduction of a half-hourly service between Sainte-Croix and Yverdon-les-Bains. Transports Publics Fribourgeois has ordered six EMUs to replace four older units and provide enhanced Fribourg commuter services.last_img read more