Benjamin Felix

MBA, CFA, CFP, CIM®, 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.
Behavioural Finance

The Rational Reminder Episode 126: Dr. Brian Portnoy and Josh Brown: Beyond the Orthodoxy – How Financial Pros Invest

Dr. Brian Portnoy and Josh Brown’s book How I Invest My Money, captures the stories and investment strategies of 25 top financial advisors. The book highlights that while there are established dogmas that tell you how and why you ought to invest, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ way to invest. Today we speak with Brian and Josh about the key insights that we can derive from their work.

Personal Wealth

U.S. Presidential Elections vs. the Stock Market: Who’s Really in Charge?

Are you wondering how the upcoming U.S. presidential election might affect your investments? This is not a new kind of concern. Elections are stressful times, and the heightened rhetoric from across the political spectrum doesn’t help. With so much at stake, it may seem obvious the outcome could impact the stock market. I cannot turn down the volume, nor am I going to take a political side. But I can tell you what the data say about the relationship between U.S. presidential elections and U.S. stock markets. Bottom line, what may seem so “obvious,” may not be. Not even when the election could be a tight one.

Starting Out

The Rational Reminder Episode 121: Day Trading and Overconfidence

Despite the mountain of evidence against it, day trading is thriving. Today we dive into the research and explore why the practice is alive and well before answering the question — “Can too much confidence lose you money?” After touching on investing news, listener feedback, our books of the week, and our take on the ‘Ultimate Ned Debate,’ we open our discussion on day trading.

Advanced Investing

The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 117: A Message from the Bank of Canada, and Safe Withdrawal Rates with Factor Tilts

For the first part of today’s discussion, we are joined by Don Coletti from The Central Bank of Canada. He is here to talk about their upcoming recommendation for a monetary policy framework for the next five years which is incorporating public feedback into its development through the survey, Lets Talk Inflation.

Advanced Investing

The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 116: Mark Hebner: Recovering from Active Management through Education

Joining us on the Rational Reminder today is one of the pioneers in the space of evidence-based investing, and someone who has been a massive inspiration to us, Mark Hebner! His website, Index Fund Advisors, was one of the first to start explaining the ideas of an evidence-based approach and the power of indexing, way back in the 1990s.

Behavioural Finance

The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 115: Actively Managed Funds vs. COVID-19, Behavioral Nudges, and a Sustainable Investing Update

Our focus for this episode of the Rational Reminder is split into two sections; first, we cycle through our regular features, looking at a number of studies and articles of interest, the market during the pandemic, and our bad advice segment, and then Benjamin is joined by Tim Nash to talk about ethical investing and comment on Wealthsimple’s new sustainable portfolio.