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ETFs & Funds

Horizons Swap ETFs: The Next Generation

It’s been a stressful few months for investors using the popular swap-based ETFs from Horizons. These funds have ...

ETF Risks in Perspective: Synthetic ETFs

Not so long ago, ETFs were simple and transparent. But with the tremendous growth in the industry, ETFs ...

ETF Risks in Perspective: Leveraged ETFs

This post is the second of three that will look at the potential risks that ETFs may pose ...

Tim Pickering on Managed Futures, Part 1

On Monday I wrote about managed futures, a strategy that can add a layer of diversification to a ...

Tips for Trading ETFs

I happened to have Google Finance open on my computer last week when the “flash crash” happened. While ...

Are ETFs Growing for the Wrong Reasons?

On the day his company announced it was acquiring Claymore, BlackRock’s CEO Bill Chinery called ETFs “electric cars ...
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Indexing basics

Couch Potato Portfolio Returns for 2013

Here are the 2013 performance figures for my Model Portfolios. Last year was one of stark contrasts: huge ...

Are Active Funds Adding Value?

Just how well are mutual fund investors faring in Canada? That question isn’t as straightforward as it may ...

Review: The House That Bogle Built

In 1951, a Princeton University student wrote a thesis about the mutual fund industry. “Funds can make no ...

Ask the Spud: Can You Time the Markets?

Q. Have you ever done any calculations into the optimal time to purchase index funds or ETFs based ...

Couch Potato Model Portfolios for 2015

Call off the hounds: I have finally updated my model Couch Potato portfolios for 2015. Full details appear ...

Another Reason to Distrust the Fund Industry

I recently had a chance to interview Ken Kivenko, who runs Canadian Fund Watch and is allied with ...
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Financial Planing

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 ...

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 ...

Blog for Financial Literacy: A Simple Plan

Today’s post is part of the Blog for Financial Literacy campaign spearheaded by Glenn Cooke of Life Insurance ...

Dividends: Not As Tax-Friendly As You May Think

If your investments include RRSPs, TFSAs and taxable accounts, asset location is an important consideration. The returns of ...
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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 ...

Three Reasons to Ignore Market Downturns

“Long-term investors shouldn’t worry about daily or weekly blips in the markets.” How many times have you heard ...
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Portfolio Management

How to Set Up a Hands-Off ETF Portfolio

For DIY investors, asset allocation ETFs may be the greatest gift to come along in decades. It’s never ...

A New Rebalancing Spreadsheet for ETFs

It’s easy enough to build an index fund portfolio with your desired mix of stocks and bonds. But ...

Beyond One-Stop ETF Shopping

The new asset allocation ETFs launched by Vanguard and iShares in 2018 have made it easier than ever ...

Ask the Spud: Can I Make Taxable Investing Easier?

In Episode 4 of the Canadian Couch Potato podcast, I answered the following question from a listener named ...

Put Your Assets in Their Place

Couch Potato investors hear a lot about asset allocation, but asset location is also an important consideration. Asset ...

The Limits of Limit Orders

For some time now I’ve been suggesting that ETF investors use limit orders—never market orders—when placing trades in ...
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Popular Posts

Unveiling the 2020 Couch Potato Model Portfolios

As long-time readers will know, I review my model portfolios once a year and, …

TD e-Series Funds: The Next Generation

For almost 20 years, the TD e-Series mutual funds have been one of the …

Couch Potato Portfolio Returns for 2019

The numbers are in and no one is shooting the messenger this year. If 2018 …

How to Set Up a Hands-Off ETF Portfolio

For DIY investors, asset allocation ETFs may be the greatest gift to come along …

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