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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…
The Role of Preferred Shares
March 12, 2015
Preferred shares are often considered a hybrid security, since they share characteristics of both common stocks and corporate bonds. Like bonds, preferreds typically have a predictable income stream. But unlike…
When Discount Bonds Are Hard to Find
March 9, 2015
Everyone loves a discount, but if you’re buying bonds these days you may be out of luck. Just over a year ago, the BMO Discount Bond (ZDB) was launched as…
Which Bond ETF Is Most Tax-Efficient?
March 3, 2015
Back in September, my colleague Justin Bender and I published a white paper entitled After-Tax Returns: How to estimate the impact of taxes on ETF performance. Justin has now updated…