RRSP exit poll shows 42 per cent of eligible Canadians made an RRSP contribution for 2006



    Almost one-quarter of the same group has also booked a vacation to a
    warmer climate this winter

    WINNIPEG, March 8 /CNW/ - The results are in and Investors Group's first
ever RRSP exit poll shows 42 per cent of eligible Canadians made an RRSP
contribution for the 2006 tax year, despite the market turbulence last week.
    Conducted immediately following the 2006 contribution deadline, the RRSP
exit poll offers a first glance at Canadians' RRSP decisions this year.
    The results also show that working with a financial advisor has a
positive influence on retirement savings: 55 per cent of those who made an
RRSP contribution consulted a financial advisor, and 24 per cent of those
individuals decided to contribute more money to their RRSP after speaking with
an advisor.
    Regionally, Albertans were the most likely to have contributed to an RRSP
with 53 per cent having invested compared to 42 per cent nationally.
    Boomers were also enthusiastic RRSP contributors, with 51 per cent of
eligible Canadians aged 45 - 64 making an RRSP contribution. The average RRSP
contribution among Boomers willing to disclose their contributed amount was
$6,006.
    RRSP contributors are also more likely to have vacation plans this
winter: while 18 per cent of working Canadians have plans to travel to a
warmer climate this winter, 24 per cent of RRSP contributors have made
vacation plans.

    The Decima data were gathered between March 1st and March 4th, 2007,
through Decima teleVox. Results are based on a sample of 1,026 Canadians and
the corresponding margin of error is 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

    Investors Group, founded in 1926, is a national leader in delivering
personalized financial solutions to Canadians through a network of over 3900
Consultants located throughout Canada. In addition to an exclusive family of
mutual funds and other investment vehicles, Investors Group offers a wide
range of insurance, securities, mortgage and banking services. Investors Group
is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM
Financial is one of Canada's premier financial services companies with
$121 billion in total assets under management.





For further information:

For further information: Ron Arnst, Investors Group, (204) 956-3364,
ron.arnst@investorsgroup.com; Laura Vallis, Environics Communications, (416)
969-2781, lvallis@environicspr.com

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