Free Money? No Thanks!??

by Tax Guy - Burlington Accountant on June 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post

My company offers to match its employee’s contributions to their RRSP’s.  In the program I’m enrolled in my employer will match my contributions to a maximum of 5% of my annual salary plus bonus.  The funny thing is that there are a large percentage of people who do not contribute to an RRSP and thus don’t take advantage of the match. 

I am shocked that someone would turn down free money.  The way I see it, I am giving up 5% of my annual salary and in return I am getting a 100% return on my investment right at the bat.  Three are very few investments out there that can tout a 100% immediate return on investment.  In my case, my plan is fully vested when the company makes the contribution, so if I had to make a withdrawal, I’m already ahead of the game since half of the money was not mine to begin with.

Now I have heard over the years that people say that in these types of program the funds are invested in a mutual fund and the fees associated with mutual funds eat away at the returns.  But perhaps those that feel mutual funds are expensive (and I am one of those people) are missing the point here:  It doesn’t matter of the funds are expensive as long as they have a somewhat decent positive return and remember half of the investment is free money.

Any matching is better than none in my opinion!

About The Tax Guy...

Dean Paley CGA CFP is a Burlington accountant and financial planner who services individuals and business owners locally, nationally and internationally. Dean has appeared in the National Post, Toronto Star and Metro News.

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