Canadians to boost savings in 2013

By Staff | February 4, 2013 | Last updated on February 4, 2013
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Canadians planning to save in 2013 will put away an average of $9,859 – an increase of nearly $600 over last year, or approximately 7%, according to the BMO Household Savings Report released today.

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The report details the investment vehicles Canadian savers plan to use:

  • The majority will use an RRSP or a chequing account (63% and 57%, respectively)
  • 49% will use a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
  • 29% will use a high-interest savings account
  • 25% are stashing their savings in GICs

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The report also poll shows only half (48%) say they are saving enough to meet their goals, with high expenses (71%), low income (65%), and debt repayment (52%) cited as the top barriers to increased savings.

According to BMO Economics, the personal savings rate in Canada, calculated by Statistics Canada, currently lies near historic lows at 3.9%. By comparison, the rate climbed above 6% per cent during the height of the latest recession, and reached almost 20% in the early 1980s.

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The report also identifies the most common savings goals:

  • Vacations, luxury items, entertainment and hobbies topped the list, with 66% putting cash away for these purchases
  • Retirement savings and emergency savings tied for second at 42%
  • Nearly one-third of Canadians are putting aside money for home renovations in 2013, while one-in-five will be saving towards the purchase of a new vehicle
  • Education savings are on the priority list for 19% of Canadians, followed by the purchase of a new home (15% per cent) staff


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