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Canada Drops Out of Top 10 Places for Retirement Security

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Inflation, market volatility and rising interest rates have made this a tough year for seniors around the world, but it’s even bleaker if you’re Canadian.

Canada dropped out of the top 10 of the ranking of best countries for retirement security this year, according to Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM). In the investment research group’s 10th annual retirement index, Canada fell five places to 15th out of 44 countries, after cracking the top 10 for the first time last year.

The main reasons for the decline, Natixis IM said, are a decline in financial well-being and happiness, increased tax burdens, a rapidly aging population and environmental factors, such as lack of biodiversity.

It comes as soaring inflation, aggressive interest rate hikes and an unstable stock market wreak havoc on the finances of retirees around the world, putting 2022 on track to be one of the worst years ever. of retirement.

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“Retirement security challenges have come home in 2022,” Dave Goodsell, executive director of the Natixis IM Center for Investor Insight, said in a press release.

Amid these challenges, retirees in Canada are making big mistakes when it comes to their financial planning, leaving them vulnerable to affordability issues, Natixis IM said. For example, 65% underestimate their life expectancy and 61% have not considered the impact of inflation on their finances. To add to that, 60 percent do not anticipate additional health care costs. Still others don’t know where their retirement income is coming from.

These mistakes could be costly, as it becomes increasingly clear that pensioners will not be able to rely on public pensions to get by.

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The current pension system is on the verge of breaking as the number of seniors rises relative to younger workers paying into the Canada Pension Plan, Natixis IM said. There is no easy solution, especially as governments grapple with rising pension costs amid rising debt. A new model that integrates individual savings with government initiatives will be needed in the years to come.

“Investment strategies, financial planning, employee benefits and political considerations will all need to factor in a new funding equation that factors in inflation, interest rates and increased longevity,” said Goodsell.

In the meantime, Canada can look to other countries that are getting a good pension to help craft better policies, Natixis IM said.

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Here are Natixis IM’s top 10 best places to retire:

1. Norway
2. Switzerland
3. Iceland
4. Ireland
5. Australia
6. New Zealand
7.Luxembourg
8. Netherlands
9. Denmark
10. The Czech Republic

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets a young girl in a crowd following an announcement at the Liberal Caucus Summer Retreat in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

INFLATION RELIEF Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets a young girl in a crowd following the announcement of a package of new measures to help Canadians cope with soaring prices at the Liberal Caucus’ summer retreat in St. Andrews, N.B. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. The government will double the sales tax rebate received by low-income earners for six months, at a cost of $2.5 billion. It will also top up a housing allowance for tenants, worth about $700 million in additional spending. Trudeau said the government was confident the measures would not make inflation worse. Photo by Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press

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  • Pierre Céré, spokesperson for the National Council of the Unemployed, will hold a press briefing at the start of his march to Ottawa.
  • Canadian National Railway Company CEO Tracy Robinson and CN Chief Financial Officer Ghislain Houle will speak at Morgan Stanley’s 10th Annual Laguna Conference.
  • Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, will meet her G7 counterparts in Germany.
  • Oxfam Canada, Climate Action Network, Doctors of the World and the League of Rights and Freedoms join the Migrant Rights Network in calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the next session of Parliament to implement a regularization program that ensures permanent residency for undocumented residents and permanent residents. immigration status for migrant workers, students, refugees and families in the country.
  • The Senate Transport and Communications Committee will hear from Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, regarding Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other laws.
  • Today’s data: Canadian manufacturing sales and orders; U.S. Producer Price Index
  • Earnings: BRP Inc., Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., DavidsTea Inc.

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US consumer prices rallied last month, dashing hopes of an incipient slowdown and likely securing another historically large interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve.

The consumer price index rose 0.1% from July, after no change the previous month, Labor Department data showed on Tuesday. Compared to the previous year, prices climbed 8.3%, a slight deceleration, largely due to recent declines in gasoline prices.

Food costs rose 11.4% from a year ago, the most since 1979. Electricity prices rose 15.8% from 2021, the most since 1981. Prices gasoline, meanwhile, fell 10.6% in August, the largest monthly decline in more than two years.

Shelter costs—the main component of services and representing about one-third of the overall CPI index—continue to rise. Overall housing costs rose 0.7% from July and 6.2% from a year ago, both the highest since the early 1990s.

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Today’s Posthaste was written by Victoria Wells (@vwells80), with additional reporting from The Canadian Press, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.

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