Tag Archives: Retirement Planning

32. When Should You Take Your CPP Payment? With Gary Armstrong, CPA, CGA



“When should I start taking my Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) payment?”

This is one of the most common questions Kris Dureau’s clients ask him as they start navigating the path of retirement income withdrawal.

This week, Kris tackles this question to provide you with some clarity. 

He sits down with chartered professional accountant Gary Armstrong of Green Private Wealth Counsel – Harbourfront Wealth Management to explore the world of CPP and to give listeners a better understanding of how and when to approach their CPP payments.

Gary discusses:

  • The right time to approach CPP-related cash
  • CPP tax consequences
  • Which age demographics should consider taking their CPP 
  • Mistakes people make when withdrawing their CPP early
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Gary Armstrong is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA) with a specialization in taxation through the In-Depth Tax Course offered by CPA Canada.  Before joining Green Private Wealth Counsel, Gary worked for almost ten years at a local accounting firm that focused on personal and corporate tax services for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Before that, Gary worked in 2 different large international accounting firms providing general accounting and US personal tax services.


Episode 25 – Your 10-Step Pre-Retirement Checklist



One of the reasons why retirement is such a major life decision is timing. If you retire too early, you might have financial trouble. If you retire too late, you might not have the energy to enjoy it to the fullest. 

So, when is it the right time to retire? 

To help you decide, Kris Dureau walks you through his 10-step pre-retirement checklist. This list will help shed light on the different financial, health, and planning considerations you need to be aware of as you approach your next stage of life. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why you need to choose the type of retirement you want to live 
  • How a cash flow plan, emergency funds, and health insurance can help you improve your retirement needs 
  • How retirees and pre-retirees can approach debt 
  • Benefits of changing your accumulation portfolio to a retirement income portfolio
  • And more!

Tune in today and discover how you can better navigate the path of retirement planning!

Resources:  Episode 6 – Why Everybody Needs a Will | Episode 15 – How to Retire Well (Part 1)Episode 16 – How to Retire Well (Part 2)  | Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Retirement Shift Worksheet | Cashflow Spreadsheet