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How Do You Measure Your Rate of Return?

All investors care deeply about their returns, and with good reason. If you’re an active investor, you’ll want ...

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 ...

ETFs & Funds

Couch Potatoes: Not the Next Financial Time Bomb

I would have been kicked out of journalism school for writing this: “The culprit behind the epidemic of ...

International Tracking Error: Part 1

Many international equity ETFs showed large tracking errors in 2009. For example, the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund ...

Trading ETFs Near Dividend Dates

In my most recent podcast, I addressed an excellent question from Philip, who asked, “Are there days when ...

Swap-Based ETFs: What Are the Risks?

Monday's post discussed the inner workings of the two swap-based ETFs launched by Horizons in late 2010. Many ...

Not All Indexes Are Created Equal

The recently launched BMO Equal Weight REITs (ZRE), which invests in Canadian real estate investment trusts, will go head-to-head ...

Inside the iShares ESG Asset Allocation ETFs

Two of the biggest trends in investing these days are the popularity of one-fund portfolios and the focus ...
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Indexing Basics

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 1

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

Confessions of an Investing Parasite

As index investing has gained popularity, it is also attracted its share of scorn. The latest example is ...

Letting You In On a Big Secret

Joel Greenblatt has a sense of humour—I’ll grant him that. In The Big Secret for the Small Investor ...

Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 5

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

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 ...

Can Your Funds Outperform Over a Lifetime?

Advocates of active management admit that only a minority of mutual funds will outperform their benchmarks, but they ...
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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: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What Is the Advisor’s Role?

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