What should I know before converting my RRSP into a RRIF?

When you retire, you will likely want to access the money you have saved in your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The most common way to do this is to convert your RRSP into a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF).

There are a few things you should know before you convert your RRSP into a RRIF:

  1. You will have to pay taxes on the money you withdraw from your RRIF.
  2. You will need to make minimum withdrawals from your RRIF each year.
  3. You can choose to invest your RRIF money in a variety of different investments, including GICs, bonds, and mutual funds.
  4. You can name a beneficiary for your RRIF, just as you can for your RRSP.
  5. You can convert your RRSP into a RRIF at any time, but you must do so before you turn 71 years old.

Speak to a financial advisor to learn more about converting your RRSP into a RRIF and to find out if it is the right decision for you.

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Always seek advice from your financial planner. If you are a member of one of the BC Public Sector Pensions plans, you can see what the Pension Corporation says about your situation. Their pages provide a detailed summary of your options.