KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2015-9-18

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This week we focus heavily on retirement issues and more specifically retirement benefits paid by governmental entities, with both highlighted articles focusing on these topics.

When it comes to retirement concerns, Canada and the U.S. are on equal footing ( – Most Canadians have the impression that Americans pay a lot less than we do in income tax, but that we have better pensions from government sources. If you subscribe to this tax envy and pension smugness, the reality will come as a surprise. Consider government pension programs first. A single person who is age 65 with final average earnings of $100,000 would receive a Social Security pension of $2,404 a month in the U.S. while a Canadian with the same earnings would receive only $1,629 from CPP and OAS combined…

Your retirement income: What will the government provide? ( – Everyone needs income in retirement. Japanese Yakuza gangsters are no exception. A few years ago, the Japanese government created rules to allow former gangsters to collect government retirement benefits. These are former gambling, loan shark and protection workers who might have left the Yakuza due to age, disabilities or excommunication…

Come back next week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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