A November 2010 survey by BMO Financial Group showed that while more than a third of Canadians have opened a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA Canada), they know little about the wide range of investments that they can hold within those plans. As a result, investors may not be taking full advantage of the tax benefits and investment return potential of TFSAs.
The survey showed that 37% had no idea what investment opportunities are eligible for their TFSA Canada. Only 20% knew that segregated funds were eligible and 26% knew that Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) could be included in their plans. The reality is that a TFSA Canada can hold many types of good investments strategies. Here’s a look:
A TFSA is not a simple ‘account. The range of eligible investment opportunities in Ontario is similar to what qualifies for inclusion in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). That means a wide selection of individual securities, such as eligible stocks and bonds, segregated funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), annuity contracts, foreign currency, and more.
Diversifying beyond cash or savings-type investments in your TFSA Canada can improve long-term growth potential and returns. Because your investment return is completely tax-sheltered in the TFSA Canada and tax-free upon withdrawal, the more you earn in your Tax Free Saving Accounts, the more you benefit from the tax advantages. Compounding of tax sheltered returns can greatly increase your investment income and leave you with a much larger pool of wealth than you would have if you invest in a taxable account.
Good investment strategies are key. The investments you hold in your TFSA Canada will depend on your financial goals, your risk tolerance, and other factors. We need to consider your Tax Free Saving Accounts as part of your overall good investment strategies, carefully balancing what you hold in your TFSA, RRSP, and non-registered investments. We also need to ensure that your good investment strategies aren’t driven solely by tax considerations, but that taxes are just one part of deciding how and when to invest.
Financial security is like your health, getting the best professional and personalized advice is extremely important. There`s no better time than now to get together so we can give you the tips and tactics that will help you get ahead and to make the most of your Tax Free Savings Account by exploring its full investment and tax-saving potential within your overall investment strategies. For more information contact Gary Mandel by calling (416) 849-1653 or by visiting www.wecoveryou.ca