I attended a personal finance seminar by Ellen Roseman, a Toronto Star columnist and University of Toronto alumna. I’ll write about it in more detail as I reflect more on personal finance, but here are a few new nuggets I picked up:
- No RRSPs until I get my paperwork sorted out! Boo. Not fun knowing better practices and not being able to use them.
- It might be a good idea to invest money into an RRSP while I’m young, then take a holiday—leaving the money there to take advantage of tax-deferred growth—and do something else with the money I’m already used to setting aside. For example, I could save up for a house.
- You can carry forward the tax deduction you get when you invest in an RRSP, so you can invest now in order to take advantage of the tax-deferred growth and claim the deduction when it makes more sense tax-wise. Must figure out when that makes sense.
- Four magic words: “Can I do better?” Ask for discounts!
- Two good books: The Wealthy Barber, The Richest Man in Babylon.
- Tour of Canadian personal finance blogs. Check ellenroseman.com for the link.
- I should check out the TD monthly income fund or dividend funds to find a growth-oriented investment vehicle. Morningstar.ca has good reviews.
- Might be more comfortable with a financial advisor within 10 years of my age.
- E-mail car dealers to get good quotes without having to shop around so much.
Interesting tips came from the other attendees:
- Skype now has a yearly plan. That’ll be worth signing up for.
- Insurance brokers can be handy.
Worth the time.
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