The RRSP Book – Review And Contest

by Mike Holman

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.


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.

Want to learn more about RESPs? Buy The Book:


The RESP Book: The Simple Guide to Registered Education Savings Plans

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shawn

Just going through this review, I already picked up a few things I didn’t know! I hope I win 🙂

2 Chris

Sounds like an interesting book. Sign me up for the contest 🙂

3 Canadian Capitalist

Mike: Thanks for the link. I think Preet has a winner on his hands.

4 David

I’d like to know more about the investment swapping and the RRSP planning. Thanks for all the great info. on your site.

5 Four Pillars

Shawn – I had to cut quite a bit out of the review – I didn’t want to give away the best info in the book!

Thanks for the comments.


6 Traciatim

Count me in on this giveaway. I’d really like to have a hard copy, but for those that just want the reading,most of the information can be found on his blog.

7 Mike H

Sounds like a great read, add me to the list!

8 MunEconomist

Enter me in.

9 Stefan

Count me in!

10 Aaron W

Since I’m planning to double the size of my RRSP this year, now is the time to read this book. Count me in, please.

11 Chris L

I could stand to start reading more Canadian-centric financial books. I’m in.

12 Chris H

Free books, free books, free books. Sounds like some interesting strategies in this book.

13 HB

Count me in. Thanks.

14 ksin

Pick me.

15 Darren

I hope I get picked!

16 Jason

Count me in! Thanks for the blog

17 Quick Lunar Cop

Love the blog! (I’m not just saying that so that you’ll pick me for the book! 😉

18 FourPillars

Love the blog!

And the winner is “Quick Lunar CoP”…

just kidding – but thanks for the comments.


19 Colleen

Great blog. I appreciate your time!

20 MM

Enter me too please!

21 alfred

Count me in for the contest! The book sounds interesting, I wouldn’t mind reading up more on the swapping strategies.

22 Pat

Thanks for the synopsis. I would really like to see what the book says about investment swapping.
Always enjoy reading your blog.

23 sundae1888

I’ll double my chances by entering this raffle AND CC’s!

24 telly

I really hope I find out 10 years down the road that my husband and I have contributed too much to our RRSPs. We could definitely learn to deal with *having to* retire early.

But I’d like to read that for myself so I hope I’m the lucky winner. 🙂

25 Marc

Great site! Keep it up!

26 Paolo

Hoping to get my hands on a copy.

27 abcstocks

Sounds interesting, please add my name on the contest list.

28 P

Nice to have something from a Canadian perspective… Count me in!

29 Jesus

Count me in for the book

30 telefantastik

pick me! 🙂

31 guinness416

As ever you can count me in. Like a pig at the trough, me. Thanks lads.

32 Mike

I’m going to hold my breath 🙂

33 Chris

I could really use a book that would help me plan my RRSP…

34 David

I would love a copy!

35 Investoid

Count me in!

36 DC

I could probably learn a lot from this book.. sign me up for the contest!

37 Pablito

Please count me in too. Thanks!

38 Mike

Hope to win

39 Rajiv Verma

One of the wonderfull financial information for Canadians (and that is FREE). The price of the book is nothing as compared to the value of the information for managing our hard earned money.Sometime i wonder how this guy is providing this kind of financial information free. But now i am a regular reader of his blog and appreciate the mission Mr Preet Benergee and other few honest bloggers has initiated to educate the ordinary canadians who are overlooked by the other big financial industry. Congratulations and hope you guys will keep this mission going on and on

40 Gary

Thanks for the review.

41 Joel

I would love to win this book

42 GL

great review, thanks.

43 James

Count me in for this giveaway!

44 Tim

Sounds like a great book… good review, thanks…

45 Adil

I’d love to read this book.

46 Chris

Sounds like a good read!

47 HAbergel

Any finance knowledge is worth having. Count me in for the contest.

48 Lise

Pick me! I need it!

49 Aaron

Woo hoo…gotta love a contest especially when it’s dealing with RRSP’s — sweet!! Sign me up!!!

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