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Focus on financial goals – not market ups and downs

When markets move, you may make choices that are not always in your best interest. Instead, focus on financial goals based on your age, risk appetite and the amount of time to invest — not what’s happening day-to-day in the markets.

4 areas to think about when you invest and plan your financial future

1. Your goals

What do you want to do with your money?

A GIC might be the right choice if you need your money in a year or two for a major purchase, like a car or house.

Medium to long-term goals, such as funding a child’s education or saving for retirement, are often better served through investments like mutual funds that can offer greater opportunities for growth over time.

2. Your timeline

Just starting out? Preparing for retirement?

If you have a longer timeline, consider longer-term investments such as mutual funds that have the potential to grow over time. That way you can enjoy the potentially higher returns that come with taking on more risk because you have more time to ride out the market’s ups and downs.

If you need your invested money sooner–especially if you’re approaching retirement or a major purchase—consider less volatile options like money market funds or other conservative options.

3. Investor risk tolerance

How well can you handle the market’s ups and downs?

You should have a realistic understanding of your ability and willingness to tolerate potentially large swings in the value of your investments. Investments with a high return potential come with higher risk. You may not be okay with how much the value of your holdings can change, even overnight.


Think about whether you prefer an investment that may offer lower, but more stable, returns compared to a more volatile option.

4. Taxes and inflation

Are you aware of how taxes and inflation may affect your investments?

Depending on the investment, you may have to pay tax on the interest or capital gains. Talk to a tax professional to ensure you understand how these costs may lower returns over time.

Inflation, or more simply the idea that a dollar’s value today does not equal a dollar’s value in the future, can also erode the value of your money.

Higher risk products like mutual funds have higher return potential that can cushion the effects of inflation. Lower risk products, like GICs, may provide safety of your principal, but cannot easily help maintain your purchasing power.

Consider the best investment options for your goals

  • Adapt your strategy as your financial needs and goals change over the course of your life.
  • Shorter-term goals, like saving for a home renovation, can be well-served by shorter-term investment options that offer stable returns.
  • Medium and longer-term goals, like saving for a large purchase, retirement or a child’s education, are typically a better fit for investments that have more exposure to the markets through diversification

Short term goals

1-3 years

Medium term goals

4-6 years

Longer term goals

7-10+ years

These options are usually lower risk, and therefore offer a lower potential rate of return and may not keep up with inflation.

These options have exposure to various markets without too much risk; they’re the middle-ground and good for a wide range of purposes.
These options typically offer the highest return potential, but with a higher level of risk. That’s one reason why they’re suited for longer terms.

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