Advanced Investing

Understanding Swap-Based ETFs

This much we know: The more taxes you pay, the less money you keep. As opposed to trying to forecast future market trends – typically an exercise in futility – there are many perfectly sensible strategies aimed at minimizing the taxes due on your investments. Investing in swap-based ETFs is one such strategy that may merit your consideration … as well as your comprehension of the caveats involved.

Advanced Investing
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Calculating and Understanding your Portfolio Returns

Evaluating investment performance is not as easy as observing your rate of return. A rate of return is only as meaningful as the methodology used to find it, and the benchmark that it is being compared to. The most common rate of return calculation methodologies are money-weighted rate of return, time-weighed rate of return, and Modified Dietz which is sort of like a hybrid of the two.

DIY Investing
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Devilish Details Can Derail Your Small-Cap Stock Funds

Most investors accept that small-cap stocks have outperformed large-cap stocks over the long-term. This “size effect” was the first market anomaly to challenge the single-factor, capital asset pricing model. Unfortunately, as I’ll explain in this post, I’m unaware of any funds currently available to a DIY investor that DO properly apply the small-cap effect.

Advanced Investing

Regulations: Protecting Industry over Investors!

What the Ontario government is trying to do to the investment industry is shameful. We like to think regulations are there to protect us, but the current Ontario government and the Canadian Securities Administrator are doing anything but that. The last few months have been incredibly frustrating to watch as regulatory proposals come out that are clearly not in investor’s best interests.

Advanced Investing
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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 good products certainly help. In the latest episode of the podcast, my guest is Todd Schlanger of Vanguard Canada, who was one of the architects behind the firm’s asset allocation ETFs, launched earlier this year to great fanfare in the DIY investing community.