The RRSP season Feb. 29 contribution deadline is here and if you are still trying to decide what to do, you had better hurry. The 2012 RRSP Season webpage has all of the information and advice you need to make an informed decision.
We have been publishing new stories, videos and online discussions with various experts each day. So go ahead and browse through the material that has gone up in the last five weeks.
This week: New stories include How to show your RRSP the money, The Do-It-Yourself RRSP Portfolio and How to Protect your Retirement Funds from Creditor Claims. The last of Rob Carrick's 60-second RRSP videos went up Tuesday and on Wednesday Canadian pension expert and actuary Malcolm Hamilton joined us for a live online discussion.
Fifth week: In the most recent 60-second RRSP tip video, Rob Carrick looks at why you should consider a self-directed RRSP online. The latest instalment of RRSP Help Desk explores whether the newly retired should use up all of their remaining RRSP room right away. Four pros share their strategy andTed Rechtshaffen answered reader questions on what kind of investments you should put in your RRSP.
Fourth week: Look for our second installment of RRSP Help Desk - click here to send in your question. Watch this 60-second video on when you should forget RRSPs and pay down your mortgage. Check out this story on RRSP strategies for various life stages and on Wednesday, David Trahair answered reader questions on the merits of paying down debt over making an RRSP contribution. Click here to read about coping with divorce in retirement and here to find out how one race car driver has structured his RRSPs.
Third week: Certified financial planner Ted Rechtshaffen weighed in on when it's not a good idea to make an RRSP contribution. He also answered the first reader question on spousal RRSPs. Why not to overlook TFSAs as a retirement planning option, an online chat with BMO's Tina Di Vito on sources of income during retirement, and a trio of videos with Globe Investor columnist Preet Banerjee all made headlines.
Second week: Read an excerpt from Globe Investor blogger Preet Banerjee's RRSP book. He joined us for an online discussion. Watch this video for an RRSP overview and vote in our first RRSP poll. This story outlines how shifts in workplace pensions are leaving Canadians exposed. Read about students and RRSPs and how to slice up your RRSP for retirement. This story looks at whether or not to RRSP.
First week: We launched our RRSP site with a story on and a live online chat with financial author Alison Griffiths. We also had a slideshow with seven RRSP tax tips and a look at our retirement calculators.
Thanks for visiting our site, Roma Luciw, Personal Finance editor