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Weekend Reading – March 21, 2008

Before we get into some weekend reading, there was a winner chosen for a free copy of Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ.  Out of the 65 comments received, AppleTree was randomly chosen as the winner!  Congrats!  Thanks to all who participated.  

What are your thoughts of contests that require a bit more work than usual?  Typically, I get the reader to leave a simple comment, but this one past required some reading and a bit of thinking.  Judging by the low turnout, I'm assuming that most couldn't be bothered.  However, the ones who do participate have a higher chance of winning. 

Onto some great reading around the blog world: 

  • Canadian Capitalist tells us to invest in the employer matching RRSP program as it is free money.  I agree that it's free money and probably the best way to get RRSP exposure for most, however, there is an inconvenience factor if you were to change jobs.
  • Super frugal Tim from Canadian Dream: Free at 45 writes about his day to day food intake.  Reading about his frugality is truly inspiring and motivating.
  • Mr. Cheap from Quest for Four Pillars writes about his "Crazy Experience" at an airport with one of the richest men in the world.  No, not that kind of experience. ;)
  • Brip Blap asks "why be rich?"  I share in his point of view.
  • My Dollar Plan writes about an interesting concept called Investment Snow Flaking.  It's basically where you contribute ANY bonus money into a savings or investment account (in addition to your regular savings).  For example, if you saved $100 on an appliance purchase, instead of leaving that saved money in your spending account, transfer it to a savings/investment account.

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FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Avatar The Financial Blogger March 21, 2008, 8:39 am

    thx for the mention FT!
    I’m glad my blog is back to life!

  • Avatar Canadian Capitalist March 21, 2008, 10:07 am

    Thanks for the link FT. Happy Easter!

  • Avatar DAvid March 21, 2008, 11:27 am

    FT said: “however, there is an inconvenience factor if you were to change jobs.”

    This would be a very poor reason to not consider participating in a matching RSP program. There are lots of ‘inconveniences’ when switching jobs. This one should be no more difficult than switching your payroll deposit information.

    DAvid

    • Avatar FrugalTrader March 21, 2008, 12:37 pm

      David,

      I should have explained that a bit more. Free money is free money, but if your existing work based RRSP plan is poor (like mine, all MERS > 2%), then switching jobs would mean ceasing deposits into that account. From there, the account would either sit there, or converted into a LIRA when you get older.

  • Avatar Mr. Cheap March 21, 2008, 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the link. :-)

  • Avatar DAvid March 21, 2008, 2:44 pm

    FT,
    I can’t speak to your plan, but most Group RSPs fall under your control as soon as you leave the Company. There may be a requirement that some or all of the RSP remain in a ‘locked-in’ product, but you have the choice of the investment vehicles within. Even a LIRA is controlled by you as far as the investment vehicles is concerned.

    Also, don’t just look at MERs, assess the return of the product. Some actually do outperform the index on a consistent basis.

    DAvid

    References:

    Concordia University:
    * transfer your Group RSP to the Canada Life Universal RSP, where you’ll continue to enjoy the same investment options and Canada Life service; or
    * transfer your Group RSP balance to another RRSP at a financial institution; or
    * withdraw your Group RSP account balance in cash (this amount will be included in your taxable income for that year and tax will be withheld from the payment).

    Fidelity Investments:
    Contributions your employer makes on your behalf to the Group RSP become vested immediately. That’s right! You own your employer’s contributions right away. So when you leave the company, you will be taking your contributions, any matching employer contributions and any investment earnings with you.

    Ken MacCoy:
    When you make a contribution to a group RRSP there is no question about who owns the contibution and what you can or can’t do with it. You can do what ever you want with it – transfer it, redeem it, add to it. Note: There may be some locking-in provisions or restrictions on the transfer of amounts contributed by your employer.

  • Avatar My Dollar Plan March 21, 2008, 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the mention! If I have time, I would do the reading for a contest, but it all depends on what is going on at that moment!

  • Avatar Four Pillars March 21, 2008, 4:08 pm

    I agree with David – it’s only defined benefit pensions that typically have to stay in locked in accounts such as a LIRA.

    I like the fun contests but quite frankly can do without a Kiyosaki book. )

    Have a great long weekend.

    Mike

  • Avatar Hannah March 22, 2008, 11:23 am

    Good reads for sure!

    I’m with David on this one: I’ve never seen an RSP plan set up so that it’s more difficult to withdraw funds when leaving than it’s worth!

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