The RRSP Book – Review And Contest

by Mike Holman

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Preet Banerjee from WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo recently wrote a great book for Canadians called “The RRSP Book” which he has provided to us for review. This book includes a lot of rules and strategies which most investors will find useful. If you want to buy this book directly from Preet then you can easily do so by visiting the secure book purchase site he has set up. Note – the only compensation we are getting is a free book for the review.

To help kick things off we are going to have a book giveaway – just leave a comment below and you will be entered. Contest ends Monday, January 21 at midnight.

I’d like to point out that Canadian Capitalist already did a review of this book (he’s a speed reader) and is giving away four copies of this book. Now four books sounds mighty impressive compared to our one, but if you consider that his traffic is at least a thousand times more than ours, your odds of winning are a lot better on this site!

Mike at The Financial Blogger also did a review – check it out!

For the non-Canadian readers – sorry, but this contest is only open to Canadian residents – but trust me, this book is of no use to someone living outside of Canada.

What’s it all about?

Good introduction to Canadian tax tax system and exactly how RRSPs work.

He starts off with various strategies surrounding RRSP some of them are fairly basic but most are quite innovative. The book is very well written with an appropriate amount of humour – he even has a subtle reference to Star Wars in it.

Strategies that I found most interesting

RRSP loans – He suggests various strategies around RRSP, loans for example such as getting two separate RRSP loans – one which you will pay back monthly and a smaller one which will be paid back in six months with the tax refund thereby managing your cash flow a bit better.

Home Buyer’s Plan – Very good discussion of the various rules and I learned that I could have used the HBP to borrow from my RRSP for my second house. He talks about not paying back the HBP in a down year and claiming the repayment as income – we are doing this since my wife is not working and it is a great strategy. The downside is that I lose a bit on the spousal credit but the saved tax is well worth it.

RRSP over-contribution – Preet suggests an interesting over contribution strategy for someone who is 71 – excellent advice.

Investment swapping – He also covers why you should hold fixed income investments inside your rrsp and also offers a “swapping” strategy to switch investments around if you have FI outside the rrsp which can be switched with equities inside the rrsp. Another use for the swap is to get cash out of the rrsp which can be switched with investments outside the rrsp. I learned a lot in this section.

RRSP planning – A great discussion of the cons of a poorly planned RRSP – they are a great tax saving tool for most Canadians but if the planning isn’t done properly you can end up “shooting yourself in the foot”

Best advice in the book concerns investors who save too much in their RRSP “RETIRE EARLIER!”

RRSP Beneficiary – This section has some excellent advice about naming a beneficiary for your RRSPs. If you haven’t done this or it’s out of date then do this now!!!

Leveraged investing – A good look at leveraged investing including the “Preet” principle.

Summary

An excellent book on the topic of RRSPs.

Once again, if you want to order this book then visit the secure book purchase site he has set up.

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

51 nobleea

I like big books and I can not lie, you other brothas can’t de-ny, when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a big book in yo face, you get sprung!

52 Sean

Thanks for another review of the book! (Already read CC’s). It’s nice to have multiple opinions.

53 Alex Givant

Count me in for free book :-)

54 cadliving

You have created the urge to read.

55 newinvestor

count me in! great site

56 Philip S

Can you put me in the draw please?

57 JK

I’d love a copy!

58 Christine

Sign me up!

59 Nathan

First time to your site (I’m new to the investment blogging community). Looks great.

60 Leading Edge Boomer

Book me for winning the book!

61 venter

Love free stuff!

62 Karina

Sounds like a good read, put me in the draw please.

63 advisor

You can never have enough good information.

64 David

Sounds like a useful book; please include me for the draw.

65 mariam

Free? I’m in!

66 Fernando

Hi!
Yes, please sign me up for the contest. The topic seems to be timely…
:-)

67 Cam

bring me a book

68 Randy

Sign me up, please.

69 Spudman

really enjoy your blog and learning lots. thanks…your my coles notes to actually reading Four Pillars!
Cheers

70 Sustain_ability

Hi, Sign me up, please.
Also, LF: green investments/green mutual funds and the like. Thanks!
Sustain_ability

71 Xenko

Hi. Sounds like a great book. Hope I get a free copy! :D

72 dropby

please count me in.

73 Kevin

I am intrigued by this book and am anxious to learn any new tips I may not already know from my years of dabbling in personal investing. Thanks for this.
Regards…

74 Jawwak

This book sounds like a great read for the new RRSP investor

75 Ashley

This book sounds like a winner, sign me up! I am planning on starting my RRSP this year but I’m overwhelmed by it all, this being the reason I haven’t done it as of yet. Its been 10 years since I wanted to open one and its a shame I didnt do it before.

76 Ryan

Free books rule.

77 WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com

Hey FP – thanks for running the contest and the book review! Anyone who didn’t win can check out another contest at http://www.thefinancialblogger.com – he is also giving away 1 copy of the RRSP book.

Cheers,
Preet

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