If you’re a reader of MoneySense, you may have a noticed a new column in the May issue. I’m pleased to be contributing a new column to the magazine called Index Investor, where I’ll offer practical advice for fellow Couch Potatoes. My first column (not available online, unfortunately) offers suggestions for investors who are just getting started. I explain that trading commissions make ETFs a poor choice for small portfolios, especially if you contribute a small amount each month rather than an annual lump sum. The issue is available on newsstands now.
If readers have any ideas for subjects they’d like me to address in future MoneySense columns, please let me know. I’m especially anxious to hear from mutual fund refugees who would be willing to share their (anonymous) stories.
As a complement to the new column, Canadian Couch Potato is now being mirrored on MoneySense.com. Visitors to the magazine’s site can view my blog feeds and add comments in the MoneySense template. Note that the Canadian Couch Potato site remains unchanged, so readers can view the posts in whichever format they prefer. The blog will also remain completely independent: I have full editorial freedom.
Finally, I’m proud to announce that my article How I Became a Couch Potato, which was published last year in MoneySense and ultimately led to the creation of this blog, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Let’s hope the judges aren’t mutual fund salespeople.