The Couch Potato Mutual Fund is Here At Last

April 1, 2014

[Note: This was an April Fool's joke!] One of the perennial problems with ETFs is they require you to open a discount brokerage account and learn to trade individual securities. That can be intimidating, especially for those who are accustomed to buying mutual funds. For several years now, I’ve been investigating ways to bring the […]

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iShares Cuts Its Fees to the Core

March 25, 2014

That sound you just heard was the latest shot fired in Canada’s ETF price war. iShares has just slashed the management fees on several popular equity and bond ETFs—and just like that the country’s oldest ETF provider has become the cheapest in many categories. BlackRock has rebranded nine ETFs as the iShares Core Series, “a […]

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When the Smart Money Does Dumb Things

March 20, 2014

Investors can a learn a lot from pension funds, particularly when it comes to diversification, risk management and long-term thinking. But it seems professional money managers are not immune from the behavioural challenges that plague retail investors. Doug Cronk, who writes a useful blog called Institutional Investing for Individual Investors, recently pointed me to a […]

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