Justin Bender

CFA, CFP, B.Comm., Portfolio Manager

With more than a decade of experience managing portfolios, Justin is focused on keeping costs and taxes low for his clients. His skills as an analyst and researcher have made him widely respected in the ETF industry.
With more than a decade of experience managing portfolios, Justin is focused on keeping costs and taxes low for his clients. His skills as an analyst and researcher have made him widely respected in the ETF industry.
DIY Investing

Canadian Portfolio Manager: Introducing the “Light” ETF Portfolios

When I first watched Star Wars, I thought it would be impossible to improve on its perfection. What a blast it was! But that was before I became a huge fan of the Spaceballs spoof of the same. Likewise, as fond as we are of the original Canadian Portfolio Manager (CPM) model ETF portfolios, you may have noticed we’ve made some big changes lately. Most notably, there are now four CPM portfolio levels of complexity to choose from: Light, Ridiculous, Ludicrous, or Plaid.

DIY Investing

When Should I Dump VEQT (or Should I)?

Hey Justin, it’s Robb Engen from the Boomer and Echo blog. My question to you is about the cost savings of using U.S.-listed ETFs. Right now, 100% of my portfolio is in Vanguard’s all-equity fund, VEQT. There’s about $200,000 in my RRSP, and $50,000 in my TFSA. At what point would you say to me, “Robb, look, you’re absolutely crazy not to break up with your one-ticket fund and switch to a portfolio that includes U.S.-listed ETFs.”

DIY Investing

Choosing Your Ideal Vanguard Asset Allocation ETF

Selecting which Vanguard asset allocation ETF to purchase can be intimidating – especially if you ask friends, family, or colleagues what they think you should do. You’ll probably not only receive conflicting recommendations, each one will be sure they’re right, even if it’s a much riskier and aggressive asset mix than you’d select on your own.