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on January 30, 2010
I bought and read Pape's "Tax Free Savings Accounts" when he first published it in 2009. I liked it, and so was looking forward to more of his thoughts and advice in "Ultimate Tax Free Savings Account Guide". Well, I assume that what Pape did is not illegal, but it certainly is unethical. THIS IS THE SAME BOOK as he published last year!
There are three differences between the books.
1) A (quite large) section with details of the accounts that various institutions offer, and the associated fees and conditions has been added.
2) An FAQ section has been added, but this is really not necessary if one understands the TFSA in the first place. Also, this information is freely available online.
3) Minor (mostly date-related) updates are sprinkled throughout the book. A few new paragraphs have also been added here and there. These additions notwithstanding, there are sections where there are literally pages and pages that are identical between the two books.
It is shameful (or is it "shameless"?) that this was published as a tew title, when what it really is, is a second edition of the first book. If this had been made clear, I would have borrowed it from the library, instead of paying full price for a "new" title.
All that having been said, if you have neither book, yes, "Ultimate Tax Free Savings Account Guide" is a good guide to have, but only if you don't own it already, under the title of "Tax Free Savings Accounts".