Chapter Three of Preserving Wealth discusses Retirement Income and Cash Flow with Author Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP.

Preserving Wealth: Chapter Three, Retirement Income and Cash Flow Planning 

Authored by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Assante Financial Management Ltd. 

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Uncle Wayne discusses retirement income and cash flow planning as critical aspects of financial planning, particularly as individuals transition from working to retirement. He delves into the intricacies of planning, managing investments, and mitigating risks. 

Here’s a comprehensive summary and key lessons from this chapter.

Key Points Covered in Chapter 3

  1. Risk Management in Investments:
  • Understanding and managing risks associated with investments is crucial. This includes market risk, longevity risk, inflation risk, and sequence of return risk.
  • A diversified portfolio is essential for mitigating these risks and ensuring consistent returns over time.
  1. Impact of Taxes:
  • Proper tax planning and organizing your investments in a tax-efficient manner can reduce the overall tax burden and enhance your returns.
  1. Strategic Portfolio Allocation:
  • Portfolio allocation should align with your risk tolerance and financial goals, ranging from conservative to aggressive strategies.
  1. Transition to Retirement:
  • Transitioning from accumulation to de-accumulation requires a shift in strategy. Generating a sustainable income from accumulated assets is akin to safely descending a steep hill, where mistakes can be more costly due to limited recovery time.
  • An experienced retirement income advisor can be invaluable in navigating this transition.
  1. Retirement Income Planning Options:
  • Retirement income can be generated through various methods: income-only investing, income-focused investing, purchasing life annuities, and using a total return diversified portfolio.
  • A combination of these strategies can provide a balanced approach, ensuring both stability and growth potential.
  1. Value of Guaranteed Income:
  • Guaranteed income products like annuities offer steady income regardless of market conditions, providing financial security.
  • Segregated funds add benefits such as capital guarantees, creditor protection, and enhanced estate planning.
  1. Comprehensive Financial Planning:
  • Developing a detailed de-accumulation strategy involves coordinating various income sources like Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, company pensions, RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, and non-registered accounts.
  • Collaboration with a financial planner and accountant is essential to optimize the timing, sequencing, and tax efficiency of withdrawals.

7 Key Learning Lessons

  1. Diversify Your Investments: A globally diversified portfolio helps manage risks and provides more stable returns over the long term.
  2. Understand Fees and Value: Ensure that the fees paid for financial advice and investment management are justified by the value received.
  3. Plan for Tax Efficiency: Organize your investments to minimize tax liabilities and maximize returns.
  4. Adapt Strategies for Retirement: Transition your strategy from accumulation to income generation as you approach retirement. 
  5. Consider Guaranteed Income: Products like annuities and segregated funds can offer stability and peace of mind, ensuring you don’t outlive your savings.
  6. Use a Combination of Income Strategies: Use a mix of income generation methods to create a balanced and resilient income plan.
  7. Collaborate with Professionals: Work with financial planners and accountants to develop and implement an optimal retirement income strategy, considering all potential income sources and risks.


Understanding and implementing these principles allows you to create a robust retirement plan that ensures financial security and peace of mind throughout your retirement years. Stay tuned for more insights and practical advice on financial planning in our upcoming chapters.

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For more information, refer to Preserving Wealth: The Next Generation – The definitive guide to protecting, investing, and transferring Wealth by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP® or schedule a call with Jack at 905-332-4403

Jack Lumsden is a Financial Advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Assante Financial Management Ltd. Please contact him at 905.332.5503 or visit to discuss your circumstances before acting on the information above.

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