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401-k and IRA - is there a Cdn equivalent?

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Nov 12, 2008
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401-k and IRA - is there a Cdn equivalent?

I'm reading a few books that mention 401-K and IRA.

In a nutshell, what are they and how do they differ from the Canadian version?

I'm mainly concerned if I should ignore anything that mentions them, or if the general advice is somewhat applicable to Canada.
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Nov 24, 2013
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jfall wrote: US IRA = Canadian TFSA essentially but there are differences - http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/canadian ... -roth-ira/

US 401k = Canadian RRSP essentially but there are differences - http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/canadian ... omparison/
More closely (though there's definitely differences)

Roth IRA = TFSA
Traditional IRA = RRSP
401(k) = DCPP

401(k) is contributed to through payroll deduction only and is more tightly locked in than an RRSP, so it's closer to workplace Defined Contribution Pension Plans in Canada.
[OP]
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Nov 12, 2008
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Aurora
jfall wrote: US IRA = Canadian TFSA essentially but there are differences - http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/canadian ... -roth-ira/

US 401k = Canadian RRSP essentially but there are differences - http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/canadian ... omparison/
Excellent links. I learned a lot - especially how generous our TFSA and RRSP are compared to the US counterparts. However the US version of our RESP does seem to be better.

Excellent info here - now when I read about these I'll have a much better idea of what they're talking about!

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