I’m excited to announce that on Wednesday, November 30, we’ll be launching the Canadian Couch Potato podcast.
Each episode will feature an interview with a guest expert who will chat about a specific investing topic, and then I’ll review some takeaway messages from the discussion. I’ve also created a segment called “Bad Investment Advice,” where I poke fun at a specific bit of unhelpful commentary in the financial media. Finally, I wrap up with an Ask the Spud segment where, with the help of my PWL colleague Amanda Dalziel, I answer investing questions from listeners and blog readers.
(By the way, I’m always looking for new ideas for these segments, so if you’ve read or heard some crappy investment advice, or if you have a question related to index investing, please let me know.)
Our first episode will feature my friend and colleague Justin Bender. We reflect on our experiences developing our unique DIY Investor Service, where we helped clients build ETF portfolios they could manage on their own. That service (since discontinued) helped well over a hundred families and we received consistently great feedback. We learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful DIYer—but also what can go wrong.
We’re planning to crank out a new podcast every two weeks, and we’ve already got some great guests lined up for future episodes. I’ll be speaking with financial planner Sandi Martin, who will be familiar to anyone who follows Canadian personal finance blogs. And I’ll interview Lars Kroijer, a former hedge fund manager in the UK who now advocates indexing through a series of videos.
I’ve been a huge podcast fan for a few years now and have long wanted to do my own, but it’s not an easy project to do without a team of specialists. This never could have happened without the resources of PWL Capital, and without the expertise of our social media guru Tara Hunt and our producer Nick Jaworski of Podcast Monster. We even got a real rock star to compose an original theme for the show. I think you’re going to like what you hear.
How to listen to the CCP Podcast
There are several ways you can tune into the podcast after its Wednesday launch (you will not be able to subscribe until after the launch):
Through the blog. When a new podcast episode is launched, I’ll do a blog post about it. Within that post will be a player with a direct link to the episode. All you need to do is click PLAY to stream the show. You’ll also be able to find past episodes on the new podcast page: just click the link on the blue navigation menu at the top.
On your Apple devices. If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you can use the built-in podcast app to listen on your mobile device. Open the app and tap the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen to access the Search function and type “Canadian Couch Potato” to find the podcast. Click the icon that appears and then subscribe so you’ll receive every episode automatically. You can also subscribe using the podcast feature in iTunes.
On your Android devices. Open the Google Play app and click the menu button at the top left of the screen. Choose “Podcasts” from the menu, and then click the magnifying glass at the top right to access the search feature. Enter “Canadian Couch Potato,” click the icon that appears and then subscribe. (You’ll be asked some questions about how you want to be notified and updated about new episodes.)
Through another podcast app. If you’re an experienced podcast listener you may prefer to use a favourite app such as Stitcher or TuneIn. If you can’t find it on your favourite podcast app, let me know and we’ll try fix it.