New Couch Potato Column in MoneySense

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.

11 Responses to New Couch Potato Column in MoneySense

  1. DM May 6, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Congrats on the blog Dan! I read this one and Canadian Capitalist every day. Good luck with the article!

  2. Canadian Couch Potato May 6, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Thanks, Doug. If readers have been enjoying this blog, they can nominate it for the Globe and Mail’s list of the best personal finance blogs in Canada. You can add your suggestions on Rob Carrick’s Facebook page, Rob Carrick – Personal Finance.

    Many thanks!

  3. Brian May 6, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    That’s great CCP. I’m a subscriber to MoneySense and I think you’ll contribute great things to the magazine.

  4. Trevor May 7, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Great to hear that you will have a regular column im MS. I always thought it funny that MS definitely recommends a potato strategy, but then spends all their pages talking about all these other investments.

  5. Four Pillars May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Congrats Dan. I remember reading that article when it was published in MS and thinking how good it was.

    Mike

  6. Thicken My Wallet May 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Congrats on the well-deserved recognition.

  7. Canadian Capitalist May 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Congrats Dan! Checked out your latest column on MS. Did you really say that you’d like your wife more if she were an ETF? That would earn me a couple of days in the doghouse (at least) :)

  8. Canadian Couch Potato May 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Low cost, tax efficient, transparent, easy to trade — all great qualities in a spouse as well as an investment product. Not sure why she didn’t see things that way. :)

  9. Financial Cents May 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Great work! I enjoy reading those MS articles and just recently found your blog. It would be great if you (could) disclose more performance information in your articles though re: how are you doing with your portfolio (either amongst market turmoil or run-ups)? re: how is Couch Potato Investing performing against some of the major, best-known, equity funds in Canada?

    I think this would be insightful for many readers. Cheers!

  10. Patrick May 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    The question I always have about the Couch Potato is minimizing fees. I’m always interested in how to choose funds to achieve the lowest fees for a given asset allocation.

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