Q – Which is wiser: to invest my Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) in the stock market or in guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), since I’m close to 65 years old. – George N.
A – Neither is “wiser” – it depends on what you want to achieve with your Tax-Free Savings Account and your degree of risk tolerance. If you are using the account as a source of emergency funds, short-term GICs might be the best bet. However, the returns will be negligible, because of current low interest rates, so the amount of tax you actually save will be only a few dollars.
If you want to use the TFSA to try to maximize tax-free investment earnings, then the stock market is one option. Aggressive equity mutual funds or ETFs are also possibilities. In the end, it’s your call. – G.P.
Gordon Pape is one of Canada’s best-known personal finance commentators and mutual fund experts and a regular contributor to the Fund Library. Click here to submit your question to Gordon.
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