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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

ETF Risks in Perspective: Securities Lending

This is the final post in a series of three looking at the potential risks that ETFs may ...

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 ...

Will the Real S&P 500 Please Stand Up?

I received an email recently from Scott, a reader with a great question about index funds and ETFs ...

iShares Launches All-in-One ETF Portfolios

Back in February, writing about the newly launched Vanguard’s asset allocation ETFs, I asked why it had taken ...

How ETFs Came Under Fire

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

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 ...
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Indexing Basics

Are Target Date Funds Right For You?

Think about all the elements you need to be a successful index investor. First, you need to choose ...

Beating the Market Is a New Idea

Today we take it for granted that virtually all mutual funds and stock pickers are trying to earn ...

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 ...

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 ...

Couch Potato Portfolio Returns for 2019

The numbers are in and no one is shooting the messenger this year. If 2018 was disappointment—returns were negative ...

Why You Should Beware of First Dates

Imagine that you’re the marketing director for MegaAlpha Investments and you want to advertise two of your mutual ...
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Financial Planning

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What Is the Advisor’s Role?

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

Why Plans Should Come Before Products

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