TL;DR: If you were to invest consistently for 40 years within a TFSA, you’d end up with 49% more money than if you’d invested the same amount with a non-registered account.*
*Assuming a 5% annual interest rate and marginal tax rate of 32.17%
In 2009, something wonderful was born: The Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). Unlike non-registered accounts, you don’t pay any tax on the investment return, even after you withdraw the funds held in your TFSA.
These tax benefits make TFSAs the smartest way for Canadians to invest, which is why we were thrilled to offer them to our users. We were even more thrilled to see that 9 out of 10 new Advantage users immediately open a TFSA for their goals.
Unfortunately, only around 40% of Canadian millennials have a TFSA. That’s more than half of Canadian millennials who are missing out on the opportunity to see a much higher net return on their investments.
We crunched the numbers to demonstrate that a Canadian who invests consistently from the ages of 25 to 65 could end up with nearly 50% more money by investing within a TFSA than with a non-registered account.
What does this mean? Let’s break it down.
Say you begin investing $5,000 a year with a TFSA when you’re 25, and continue putting in the same amount every year until you’re 65.
After 40 years, your net total TFSA return would be $435,959 (assuming an annual interest rate of 5%*).
However, if you were to have made the exact same investment over the same period of time in a non-registered account, your net total return after 40 years would only be $227,023 (assuming a marginal tax rate of 32.17%*).
You’d end up with 48.36% more money (that’s over $200K more!) with a TFSA than with a non-registered account.
As the data shows, the valuable tax benefits of a TFSA, plus time and compound interest, make for a lucrative combination. So if you’ve been thinking about opening a TFSA, make today the day.
Luckily, Moka makes it easy to get started. Just create an account, choose a TFSA for your goal and start saving and investing towards it in the smartest way possible.
Need help deciding between investing in a TFSA or an RRSP? This will help.
For more information on TFSAs, click here.