Tax Free Savings Accounts should be 2nd on your list
There are over 10million TFSA accounts in Canada according to this article in the Financial Post. Wow, it’s great to see that level of savings….
But hold on…..is this the right strategy for those of us with a mortgage? Well, if you have a mortgage on your principal residence and the interest is not tax-deductible, then I think it’s NOT the right strategy.
For most of us, the interest on a residential mortgage is not tax deductible (I say for most of us because if you rent out part of the home or use it for your business then you may be able to claim a tax deduction).
Take those after-tax $$dollars and pay your mortgage first before putting them into a TFSA… reduce the amount of non-deductible debt and then focus on a TFSA…. If you own an investment property, then this strategy may vary slightly…. but for most of us, let’s get rid of that mortgage first…
And yeah, for those higher income earners looking to diversify, then sure.. A TFSA makes sense. But for most Canadians, I would suggest getting rid of the mortgage is a better strategy.
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I agree in part. If you are going to put in a TFSA saving account earning 1% and your mortgage is 3% then absolutly pay down your mortgage. On the other hand having some Emergency cash is always good. Now by emergency cash I mean if you lose your job or the furnace blows up. Not that you want to go on a vacation or to pay off shopping trip.
If you were to have a semi long term TFSA invested at 5% in a balanced portfolio and your mortgage is 3% you are ahead of the game. In 5 years if rates go up you could dump all or part of the TFSA into the mortgage.
So perhaps for sleep at night comfort doing a bit of both is the best idea!