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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

Tips for Trading ETFs

I happened to have Google Finance open on my computer last week when the “flash crash” happened. While ...

Trading ETFs Near Dividend Dates

In my most recent podcast, I addressed an excellent question from Philip, who asked, “Are there days when ...

What Are Managed Futures?

One of the most difficult tasks in building a portfolio is finding asset classes that do not move ...

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 ...

Will the Real S&P 500 Please Stand Up?

I received an email recently from Scott, a reader with a great question about index funds and ETFs ...

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 ...
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Indexing Basics

Can the Pros Time the Market?

I never meant to make you cry And though I know I shouldn’t call It just reminds us ...

Couch Potato on Ice

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

When Should You Use an Advisor?

Dan Solin’s excellent new book, The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own (see my review here), devotes several chapters to ...

Confessions of an Investing Parasite

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

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 4

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

Review: The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own

There comes a time in every Couch Potato’s life when he or she has to answer a nagging ...
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Financial Planning

Why Plans Should Come Before Products

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

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 ...

What Is the Advisor’s Role?

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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Behavioural Finance

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 ...

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 ...

Why RESPs Should Be Kept Simple

In the last couple of weeks I’ve received two questions from readers who were trying to figure out ...

Why Simple Is Still a Hard Sell

Last January, I overhauled my model portfolios to make them simpler. Some of the older options included small-cap ...