Benjamin Felix

MBA, CFA, CFP, Portfolio Manager

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, BC, Benjamin completed a degree in mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in financial services via the MBA program at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, BC, Benjamin completed a degree in mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in financial services via the MBA program at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.
Personal Wealth

Should GICs Replace Bonds in a Portfolio?

Should GICs Replace Bonds in a Portfolio? To answer this question, we first need to understand the difference between a bond fund’s yield to maturity and the interest rate on a GIC. We then need to understand the relative tax efficiency of GICs compared to bond funds, and how it may impact after-tax returns.

Advanced Investing

The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 49: Insights into Horizons: Continuous Innovation in the Canadian ETF Market

On today’s episode, we are joined by Jamie Purvis, Executive Vice President at Horizons ETFs. Having been the company’s third ever employee, he has worked at the company for nearly 24 years and provides an in-depth inside look into how Horizons has come to have the reputation of being ahead of the curve in the Canadian ETF market.

Business Wealth

Does Market-Timing Ever Work?

Sorry to ruin the suspense, but here’s my answer to whether I think market-timing ever works: No. I’ve looked at an overwhelming amount of evidence, and I have yet to find a rational reason for trying to dodge in and out of the market.

Starting Out

Rent or Own Your Home? A Handy 5% Rule

I have discussed renting versus buying a home several times before – such as here, here, and here. Today, I want to correct a common misperception on that front, plus provide a sensible solution for helping you decide whether to rent or own your home. I call it the 5% Rule.