A few people pointed out this Rob Carrick column over at the Globe and Mail, looks like it should get front page attention here:
In February, Mr. Salvi called this client to remind her about the upcoming RRSP contribution deadline. “She said, ‘You know, I cannot put anything into my RRSP and, by the way, I need to cash it in.’”
Mr. Salvi recalls warning her about the withholding tax that applies to money withdrawn from an RRSP. Her reply was that her RRSP was her last resort. “The sad thing is that it took years to grow that RRSP, and it’s going to be used up in a few months.”
When somebody buys an overpriced house they’re giving up all the other things that money could have been used for. It looks like those sacrifices include saving for retirement or their kids education.
Here’s the full article.