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Cameron Passmore CIM, FMA, FCSI

Portfolio Manager

Benjamin Felix MBA, CFA, CFP

Associate Portfolio Manager
Contact
  • T613.237.5544 x 313
  • 1.800.230.5544
  • F613.237.5949
  • 265 Carling Avenue,
    8th Floor,
  • Ottawa, Ontario K1S 2E1

Should You Currency Hedge Your Portfolio?

By Ben Felix · November 17, 2017 - 0 comments

If you’re worried that currency fluctuations might hurt your returns, then hedging can seem like a pretty good idea. It’s a shame that there is no evidence to back that idea up. Time and again it has been shown that currency hedging does not have a material impact on the long-term risk and return characteristics of an equity portfolio. So – should you hedge? 

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Are too many people investing in index funds?

By Ben Felix · November 3, 2017 - 0 comments

I almost feel sorry for them: Active managers warning us that we’re going to break the market if too many of us stop playing their beat-the-market games, and embrace common-sense, index-fund investing instead. To be honest, their warnings strike me as an act of desperation, like the cry of the horse & buggy industry when Henry Ford came along. 

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The TFSA Is a Give-away, But It’s Not a Toy

By Ben Felix · October 20, 2017 - 0 comments

How often does anyone, especially the government, give you something for nothing? Canada’s Tax-Free Savings Account, or TFSA, is the rare exception. Introduced in 2009, your TFSA lets you save and invest after-tax assets that then grow tax-free. Both the principal and earnings also remain tax-free upon withdrawal. The government even throws in more “room” each year for you to add more – currently up to $5,500/year.  

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Bond Index Funds in Rising-Rate Environments

By Ben Felix · October 6, 2017 - 0 comments

In past videos, I’ve been covering the benefits of using passively managed index funds for your stock/equity investing. But what about bonds/fixed income? Since interest rates essentially have nowhere to go but up, could an active manager protect you from eventually falling prices?

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Why Your Financial Advisor Doesn’t Like Index Funds

By Ben Felix · September 22, 2017 - 0 comments

As reported in a 1988 New York Times exposé, in the 1950s, “independent researchers began publishing major studies on the health hazards of smoking.” How did the cigarette companies, respond? To their credit, they substantiated the same findings, and tried to create safer smokes. Unfortunately, as The New York Times revealed, they did this work in secrecy, while “publicly denying that any hazards had been established.” So much for offering them a Good Citizen Award for their efforts.

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