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Bias for action. Gets things done. Go-getter. Traits companies big and small look for. And for good reason, you're being hired to do things! However, action is a secondary step that often overshadows the primary step, direction.   Clear direction is the foundation that enables our actions to takeoff. Without it, we're stuck in the mud.  Striving for clarity is an underrated skill. Having the courage to ask ( seemingly ) obvious questions, and to check in, making sure we're all on the same page. "O bvious " questions are a low risk, high reward way to add value. At worst, you'll add confidence to our actions. At best, you discover a misalignment that saves us from a dead-end.  The more people, the more clear we need to be. The bigger the initiative, the bigger the risk of reaching the finish line, only to realize expectations were off.  Success is always uncertain. But we can be certain about what we want and what everyone's job is. Things that can be clea

RRSP Myths Debunked




The RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) is one of the most misunderstood things in finance and for good reason. There's a lot to it - taxes, investments, contribution limits, employer matching plans. These alone can create anxiety, put them together and now you're just scaring people.

As a result, it gets taught through the grapevine. Casual chats with friends, families and coworkers. This informal learning has led to a lot of misconceptions.

Here are some of the most common myths.

1) "My money's locked up until I retire"

While yes, the goal of the RRSP is to help fund retirement, you can withdraw anytime you want. There's no age or employment status you need to reach before you can access to your money. It's always available to you. 

This leads us to our next big myth. 

2) "I have to pay big penalties if I withdraw early"

There's no penalty. You simply pay taxes. The applies no matter when you withdraw.

The RRSP is a tax deferral account. Your taxes are deferred until withdrawal. 

Anything invested into a RRSP is done with pre-tax dollars (as you can reduce your taxable income by the amount you contribute) and everything in the account grows tax-free. When you withdraw, that amount is considered income. And like all income, you pay taxes on it. 

When you retire you're likely to be in a lower tax bracket. Deferring income till then means less taxes. This encourages folks to save while they're working.

Withdrawing triggers a withholding tax of 5-30% depending on the withdrawal amount and your province. This is not a penalty. This is similar to what your employer does with your paycheque. Money is put aside for your tax bill, if at the end of the year you overpaid, you get it back. 

It important to remember that money in your RRSP is not all yours, you still owe taxes. 

There's no penalty fee when you withdraw, you're just paying taxes you owe in the first place. 

3) "I Invest in RRSPs" 

RRSP is an account type, not an investment. "Advisors" at the big banks will talk customers into "buying RRSPs". This makes people think that it's some kind of investment. It's not. It's an account that can hold a variety of investments. 

This confusion leads people to believe their options are limited and the big banks takes advantage of this to put people into their high fee mutual funds. 

Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion out there. Don't fear the RRSP, it's a good thing. 




















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