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Retirement Planning

Financing retirement is a growing challenge

Canadian retirees and pre-retirees face a complex financial picture. The end of private pension plans has created a $1.5 trillion shortfall in retirement income, according to the National Institute on Ageing. RRSP savings are filling that gap but turning a finite amount of savings into income you can live on is a truly complex prospect. Watch this video from Harvest ETFs President and CEO Michael Kovacs to learn more about the challenges retiring Canadians face, and how equity income can help.

Over 5,000 Canadians retire every week[1]


90% of private sector employees don’t have a traditional pension plan[2]

One in five Canadians retiring at 65 will live past 95[3]

Modern retirement is complex, but income brings simplicity

Stable monthly income generated by investments can offset government mandated RRIF drawdowns. Yields above the rate of inflation can help a retiree keep pace with the rising cost of living. If those investments remain exposed to long-term growth trends while paying income they can offer peace of mind and financial stability even as we all live longer and longer.

Harvest Equity Income ETFs are built to provide sources of steady income that can provide the simplicity retirees need. Our investment philosophy is as powerful as it is straightforward: our ETFs own high-quality companies that meet our high financial standards in sectors with serious long-term growth tailwinds. We maximize income by using a covered call strategy to generate tax-efficient cash flows, known as premiums, on our holdings while potentially minimizing portfolio volatility.

Harvest Retirement Resources


RRSP Dollar Limit for 2023

TFSA limit for 2023

Eight things to know about RRIFs in 2022

Finding the right Equity Income ETF

Each investor’s goals, risk tolerance, and outlooks are unique. Our suite of Equity Income ETFs can offer retirees and pre-retirees a range of options designed to meet their growth and income needs. Each ETF offers consistent, strong yields and exposure to serious long-term growth trends.

HHL | Harvest Healthcare Leaders Income ETF
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For exposure to a sector with serious long-term demand dynamics, driven by global demographic and economic shifts, look at the Harvest Healthcare Leaders Income ETF which captures the healthcare sector’s largest players, innovation drivers, and income potential.

HBF | Harvest Brand Leaders Plus Income ETF
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Investors who want a resilient ETF of high-quality large capitalization equities diversified across subsectors and geographies with global revenues and growth prospects in any economic cycle should look at the Harvest Brand Leader Plus Income ETF.

HTA | Harvest Tech Achievers Growth & Income ETF
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If you want more exposure to the technology sector and its remarkable growth track record, while still generating yield through dividends and covered calls, take a look at the Harvest Tech Achievers Growth & Income ETF.

HUTL | Harvest Equal Weight Global Utilities Income ETF
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For a defensive position that generates consistent and high yields investors may want to consider the Harvest Equal Weight Global Utilities ETF which features broad diversification across subsectors and geographies to offset any individual stock specific risks.

HGR | Harvest Global REIT Leaders Income ETF
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Real estate is a core part of many Canadian retirement plans, and REITs can generate attractive income. Canadian RIETs, though, lack the breadth, diversity, and income potential that can be found abroad. To generate income and gain exposure to global trends in commercial real estate investors can look at the Harvest Global REIT Leaders Income ETF.

HPF | Harvest Energy Leaders Plus Income ETF
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Big energy providers still play a crucial role in our day to day lives and have the scale and vision to embrace the next wave of energy, capitalizing on the complimentary growth of renewables. The Harvest Energy Leaders Plus Income ETF offers exposure to, and income from, those big players.

HUBL | Harvest US Bank Leaders Income ETF
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For investors seeking income and growth from the US financials sector and exposure to the big, robust banking institutions that finance US growth and power the global economy, they can find that in the Harvest US Bank Leaders Income ETF.

HDIF | Harvest Diversified Monthly Income ETF
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For investors seeking a truly diversified core income ETF the Harvest Diversified Monthly Income ETF holds an equal weight allocation to Harvest equity income ETFs.

HLIF - Harvest Canadian Equity Income Leaders ETF | Steady Income from Canadian Leaders
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Investors seeking exposure to a diversified portfolio of Canadian large-cap leaders and dividend payers can find that—combined with Harvest ETFs’ active & flexible covered call option writing strategy—in the Harvest Canadian Equity Income Leaders ETF.

HESG | Harvest ESG Equity Income Index ETF
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Investors seeking an ETF that incorporates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors may want to consider the Harvest ETG Equity Income Index ETF which holds a portfolio of large-cap companies screened through a structured ESG process and combined with Harvest’s active and flexible covered call option writing strategy to generate monthly cashflow.

Harvest Retirement Insights

[1] Statscan, RBC

[2] and [3] MacDonald, B.-J., Sanders, B., Strachan, L., Frazer, M. (2021). Affordable Lifetime Pension Income for a Better Tomorrow. How we can address the $1.5 trillion decumulation disconnect in the Canadian retirement income system with Dynamic Pension pools. Toronto, ON: National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University and Global Risk Institute.


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