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Investing Blog Roundup: RESP Edition

I just finished reading The RESP Book: The Complete Guide to Registered Education Savings Plans for Canadians, written by Mike Holman of Money Smarts Blog.

I enjoyed the book, and I’ll get to that in a minute. But first: Wow, these things are a deal! They’re the Canadian equivalent of a 529 plan with a 20% government match for every dollar contributed (up to a limit) in addition to the tax-free growth. And, depending on where you live, your provincial government might give an additional match on top of that.

The RESP Book

The book is short (115 pages), but because it focuses on such a narrow topic, it does a thorough job of covering all the important points. For example:

  • How do RESPs work? (Who is eligible to open one or be named as the beneficiary of one? Who is eligible for RESP grants? How much can you contribute each year?)
  • How much should you contribute? (Including a good discussion of why many studies regarding future university costs may overstate how bad things are.)
  • Are there any reasons for not contributing to an RESP?
  • How should an investor go about choosing investments within their RESP? (Like me, Mike is a big fan of minimizing investment costs.)

If a yank with no prior knowledge of RESP accounts can understand the information in the book, I imagine it’ll be thoroughly understandable for Canadian investors. If RESPs are a topic you’re looking to learn more about, go check out the book.

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Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the review!

    Mike

  2. Wow…20% match from the Government. I wonder what the participation rate is on that.

  3. Hi there.

    First time reader (through Money Smarts) but I just wanted to say that I thought your review of Mike’s book was very interesting and encouraging. I am a Canadian living in Japan, so my copy is still on the way, but it’s great to hear that someone unfamiliar with the system was able to follow it easily and is a fan of the book.

    I am very financially aware, but as a soon-to-be-father, I have realized that
    I know almost nothing about our RESP system (aside from the basics, as well as some specifics pertaining to Canadians living abroad). It’s great to have a book like this.

    I’ll be sure to check back on your site. It’s always great to follow the links from other sites :-)

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