Interview Opportunity - Challenging the status quo of Retirement Planning

    BMO helps boomers define retirement objectives

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -


    Conventional retirement planning used to be about accumulating "a magic"
(and often elusive) number, be it $1 million or 70 per cent of your working
income. But with the demise of mandatory retirement, fewer corporate pension
plans and longer life expectancies, the traditional approach puts the "cart
before the horse." With people working longer and living differently in
retirement, the ultimate goal is no longer a specific dollar amount, but to
identify how individuals and families intend to live and the life those
dollars will be required to support.
    In the context of the new retirement, that means considering specific
goals, contingencies and ambitions and the effects these decisions will have
on family and friends ahead of the actual money matters.
    BMO is helping boomers to think more broadly about how they see their
retirement years, with its recently developed Define Your Path guide. Define
Your Path was created to help boomers perceive retirement planning in an
entirely new light - from an activity focused almost exclusively on
accumulated savings to a process that integrates personal, philosophical and
health and wellness issues into the equation.
    "Retirement planning has traditionally been focused on the means to an
end rather than the end itself," said Tina Di Vito, Director of Retirement
Solutions, BMO Retirement Market Group. "However, without a clear picture of
your retirement outlook - from work and leisure to health and family - the
dollars alone lack the full context. Just as Canadians don't save for a family
holiday without a destination in mind, retirement planning shouldn't establish
a target financial sum without having a clear picture of how a person intends
to live in retirement," added Ms. Di Vito.

    The Define Your Path book helps the user create a life map of goals and
    milestones by exploring such questions as:

    -   With whom will I spend my time?
    -   How will I spend my time?
    -   What do I value most?
    -   Do I still want to work part-time?
    -   What will I do in my leisure time?
    -   How will I manage my health and wellness, and also that of my family?

    The life map also helps users consider contingencies for managing those
unexpected events that could derail a financial plan, such as caring for an
ailing loved one or dealing with a change in a significant relationship.
    Working on their own, with a spouse or with friends and peers, Define Your
Path guides pre-retirees to chart a retirement course that an investment
advisor can then help make attainable. It's about shrinking the gap between
retirement aspirations and reality.


    Tina Di Vito, Director of Retirement Solutions, BMO Retirement Market
    Group and other BMO experts are available to discuss:

    -   Why conventional retirement planning models are outdated
    -   How to get started
    -   How the process can impact the future
    -   Life events to consider when planning for the future
    -   How life planning differs for singles and couples

For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquires: Paul Gammal, Toronto, (416)
867-3996,; Laurie Grant, Vancouver, (604) 605-7596,; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal, (514) 877-8224,

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