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Inside Tangerine’s Global ETF Portfolios

Asset allocation ETFs were revolutionary when they appeared in 2018, but they were hardly the first products that ...

How Do You Measure Your Rate of Return?

All investors care deeply about their returns, and with good reason. If you’re an active investor, you’ll want ...

Inside the Horizons One-Ticket ETFs

Are asset allocation ETFs cheap, well-diversified and convenient? Absolutely. Are they optimally tax-efficient? Perhaps not, though any tax ...

Inside TD’s One-Click ETF Portfolios

The ongoing popularity of asset allocation ETFs is undoubtedly a good thing—maybe even revolutionary. Canadians have enthusiastically embraced ...

Dude, Where’s My Distribution?

Investors using the TD e-Series mutual funds may have noticed an unusual episode at year-end. The TD International ...

TD e-Series Returns for 2020

The TD e-Series index mutual funds remain a useful alternative to the asset allocation ETFs that take centre ...

ETFs & Funds

ETF Risks in Perspective: Synthetic ETFs

Not so long ago, ETFs were simple and transparent. But with the tremendous growth in the industry, ETFs ...

International Tracking Error: Part 3

In this final post in the series on why international index funds performed so poorly in 2009, it’s ...

Why Index Mutual Funds Still Have a Place

Responding to a recent article on mutual funds by Rob Carrick, a Globe and Mail reader rehashed a ...

Couch Potatoes: Not the Next Financial Time Bomb

I would have been kicked out of journalism school for writing this: “The culprit behind the epidemic of ...

Should You Buy US-listed ETFs?

Jason, a reader of this blog, recently wrote to ask why an investor would want to invest in ...

Are ETFs Growing for the Wrong Reasons?

On the day his company announced it was acquiring Claymore, BlackRock’s CEO Bill Chinery called ETFs “electric cars ...
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Indexing Basics

Confessions of an Investing Parasite

As index investing has gained popularity, it is also attracted its share of scorn. The latest example is ...

Is Indexing Less Risky?

Tom Bradley of Steadyhand Investment Funds wrote an insightful blog post yesterday about a television commercial for ING ...

Scott Burns Interview: Part 2

Here is part two of my interview with Scott Burns, the newspaper columnist and Chief Investment Strategist at ...

Couch Potato on Ice

This week I was dismissive about the Dynamic Funds that swept this year’s Canadian Investment Awards. I argued ...

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 3

This post is the third in a series exploring the myths and misunderstandings about dividend investing. The goal ...

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 5

This post is the fifth in a series exploring the myths and misunderstandings about dividend investing. The goal ...
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Financial Planning

Dividends: Not As Tax-Friendly As You May Think

If your investments include RRSPs, TFSAs and taxable accounts, asset location is an important consideration. The returns of ...

What Is the Advisor’s Role?

John Lawrence Reynolds' newest book, The Skeptical Investor, argues that Canadians were badly served by their advisors during ...

It’s Time to Ban Advisor Commissions

Should financial advisors be banned from collecting commissions on mutual funds? That’s been hotly debated for years, and ...

A Monte Carlo Case Study: Can I Retire Early?

Last week’s post about Monte Carlo simulations in financial planning sparked some interesting comments, so I thought a ...

Why Plans Should Come Before Products

When I wrote the MoneySense Guide to the Perfect Portfolio [now out of print], I waited until Chapter ...

Ask the Spud: Is My Pension Like a Bond?

Q: My wife and I have been using the Couch Potato strategy for a few years now, but ...
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Behavioural Finance

Cost Versus Convenience in “ex Canada” ETFs

I used to own one of those one-piece cutlery tools designed for hiking and camping—the kind with a ...

Podcast 20: One-Stop ETF Shopping

I’ve always tried to stress that successful investing is about the right process, not the right products. But ...