Is the Tangerine Offer of Cash for Transferring Your RRSPs to Them a Good Deal? Where Should I Consider Keeping my RRSP Investments?

Recently, Tangerine sent me a big package in the mail offering me a cash incentive if I transferred my RRSP savings to them. My first reaction was “Why could they afford to send me this ad, but not afford to send me a letter advising me of their new $45 fee to transfer a RRSP or TFSA out from Tangerine to another bank?” After feeling miffed for a while, I read through the package to see whether their RRSP transfer offer was a good deal or not: here’s what I decided.

Most Places Charge You a Fee to Transfer Out Your RRSP

The first thing you should be wary of if you are considering transferring some or all of your RRSP to Tangerine is that most banks, credit unions and brokerages charge you a fee if you transfer out your RRSP assets. (When this was written, People’s Trust did not charge a fee: so there are some good guys out there.) Continue reading

Does It Cost Anything to Transfer Part of my ING Direct RRSP to Another Institution?

ING Direct, now Tangerine.ca, offers a great service for quickly making a new RRSP contribution. You can make the contribution into a daily interest savings account RRSP, a cashable RRSP GIC, or a RRSP “Streetwise” Mutual fund by simply logging in to your online account and “moving” your money from your chequing or savings account into the RRSP investment you want. You can print your RRSP receipt immediately if the cash was already in your account, or as soon as the hold clears if your cash has to be transferred in from another non-Tangerine bank account. This convenience means we often make our new RRSP contributions to our ING Direct Tangerine RRSPs. Sometimes, though, a better investment opportunity comes up later and we want to move some of that RRSP money elsewhere. When that happened recently, I contacted ING Direct Tangerine to check whether it costs anything to move part of my RRSP to another institution. Continue reading