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How Bad Data Leads to Poor Investment Decisions
May 29, 2015
Making smart investment decisions is difficult enough when you have reliable information. If you’re working with inaccurate or misleading data, good decisions become almost impossible. The most popular source of…
How Changing Interest Rates Affect Fixed Income
May 18, 2015
It’s been a tough few months for bonds. Since early February, the yield on Government of Canada five-year bonds has climbed from 0.59% to about 1.07%, and 10-year bonds yielding…
Should You Replace Bonds With Cash?
May 7, 2015
Not many investors are enthusiastic about bonds these days, and it’s hard to blame them. While rates have ticked up in the last few weeks, they’re still so low that…
How Budget 2015 Will Affect Investors
April 22, 2015
Yesterday’s federal budget included several changes that will affect investors—in the future if not immediately. Let’s look at the three most important announcements, with a focus on how they may…
Ask the Spud: Do Aggressive Portfolios Pay Off?
April 7, 2015
Q: I noticed that over the long term (10 to 20 years) the average returns of your model portfolios are quite similar regardless of the asset allocation, but the maximum…
Announcing the Couch Potato Robo-Advisor Service
April 1, 2015
[Note: This was an April Fool’s joke!] One of the most exciting developments in investing is the rise of online wealth managers, also known as robo-advisors. These services offer online…
Ask the Spud: GICs vs. Bond Funds
March 27, 2015
Q: I would appreciate it if you could write an article contrasting the advantages and disadvantages of holding bond funds versus GICs. – A.R. All of my model Couch Potato…
Are Preferred Share Indexers Dumb Money?
March 23, 2015
It’s hard to keep a straight face while arguing for active strategies in asset classes like large-cap stocks or government bonds. Those markets are so liquid and so well covered…
Does Your Portfolio Need Preferred Shares?
March 17, 2015
Last week’s blog introduced a new white paper, The Role of Preferred Shares in Your Portfolio, coauthored with my colleague Raymond Kerzérho, director of research at PWL Capital. That article…