I was reading an interesting story early this week about 40% of Canadians withdrawl from the RRSP before retirement. The top reasons for those who use the funds were to pay for a house downpayment (37%) or cover living expenses (20%).
The article presented this as something bad rather than putting it in a good light. Out of the 1026 people surveyed most (60%) never pulled out anything from their RRSP’s. Out of those who did about 152 people used it to buy a home, which is good thing for retirement planning in my mind. Then that leaves about a mere 82 people (out of 1026 or 8%) who used the RRSP’s to cover living expenses, which is not a great idea. So 92% of us are doing the right thing with our RRSP’s overall.
So why was this even a news story? You might want to notice who did the survey, the Bank of Nova Scotia. Perhaps they like to sell you some more RRSP’s this season. Keep your eyes open everyone we are going to be drowning in “stories” about retirement savings over the next few months.