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Inside the Horizons One-Ticket ETFs

Are asset allocation ETFs cheap, well-diversified and convenient? Absolutely. Are they optimally tax-efficient? Perhaps not, though any tax ...

Inside TD’s One-Click ETF Portfolios

The ongoing popularity of asset allocation ETFs is undoubtedly a good thing—maybe even revolutionary. Canadians have enthusiastically embraced ...

Dude, Where’s My Distribution?

Investors using the TD e-Series mutual funds may have noticed an unusual episode at year-end. The TD International ...

TD e-Series Returns for 2020

The TD e-Series index mutual funds remain a useful alternative to the asset allocation ETFs that take centre ...

Couch Potato Portfolio Returns for 2020

Just about everyone was happy to wave goodbye to 2020. By the spring it was shaping up to ...

Inside the BMO Asset Allocation ETFs

In our last blog and video, Justin and I compared the popular Vanguard and iShares asset allocation ETFs, ...

ETFs & Funds

Fundamental Indexing in the Real World

Earlier this week I discussed the promise of fundamental indexing. This strategy takes aim at the shortcomings of ...

Should You Buy US-listed ETFs?

Jason, a reader of this blog, recently wrote to ask why an investor would want to invest in ...

How ETFs Came Under Fire

ETFs are on the hot seat these days. On Wednesday, a US Senate subcommittee held a hearing to ...

Understanding Swap-Based ETFs

Last fall, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds launched two innovative new ETFs. Rather than simply holding the stocks in ...

Is VRIF’s Distribution Sustainable?

The newly launched Vanguard Retirement Income ETF Portfolio (VRIF) is designed to pay its unitholders a consistent monthly ...

TD e-Series Funds: The Next Generation

For almost 20 years, the TD e-Series mutual funds have been one of the cheapest and easiest ways ...
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Indexing Basics

Review: The Elements of Investing

Whenever people ask me where they can learn more about Couch Potato investing, I need to answer carefully ...

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 4

This post is the fourth in a series exploring the myths and misunderstandings about dividend investing. The goal ...

Do You Have the Advisor Six-Pack?

When people criticize the financial industry in Canada, the target of their wrath is usually high fees and ...

The Making of a Couch Potato

I know very few people who began their investing lives as Couch Potatoes. Most started out in mutual ...

A Reality Check for Couch Potatoes

The investment industry never misses an opportunity to take credit for outstanding performance. In fact, many mutual fund ...

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 5

This post is the fifth in a series exploring the myths and misunderstandings about dividend investing. The goal ...
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Financial Planning

Why Plans Should Come Before Products

When I wrote the MoneySense Guide to the Perfect Portfolio [now out of print], I waited until Chapter ...

Ask the Spud: Am I Vulnerable to US Estate Taxes?

Q: I am ready to follow the Couch Potato and would like to use the US-listed Vanguard ETFs ...

Ask the Spud: Is My Pension Like a Bond?

Q: My wife and I have been using the Couch Potato strategy for a few years now, but ...

What Is the Advisor’s Role?

John Lawrence Reynolds' newest book, The Skeptical Investor, argues that Canadians were badly served by their advisors during ...

A Monte Carlo Case Study: Can I Retire Early?

Last week’s post about Monte Carlo simulations in financial planning sparked some interesting comments, so I thought a ...

It’s Time to Ban Advisor Commissions

Should financial advisors be banned from collecting commissions on mutual funds? That’s been hotly debated for years, and ...
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Behavioural Finance

Cost Versus Convenience in “ex Canada” ETFs

I used to own one of those one-piece cutlery tools designed for hiking and camping—the kind with a ...

Podcast 20: One-Stop ETF Shopping

I’ve always tried to stress that successful investing is about the right process, not the right products. But ...

Why RESPs Should Be Kept Simple

In the last couple of weeks I’ve received two questions from readers who were trying to figure out ...

Why Simple Is Still a Hard Sell

Last January, I overhauled my model portfolios to make them simpler. Some of the older options included small-cap ...

Podcast 25: Dr. Steve Wendel on Investor Success

The latest episode of the Canadian Couch Potato podcast features an interview with Dr. Stephen Wendel, Head of ...

Should You Buy Stocks For Your Kids?

If you’re a parent, how can you set your child on the road to investing success? One popular ...
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