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How to Calculate Your Rate of Return at Questrade

By Justin Bender · April 16, 2018 - 0 comments

There’s that saying: time is money. It’s usually true … except, of course, when we financial eggheads whip out our Sharpies® and start blathering on about time-weighted versus money-weighted rates of return. (Speaking of “The Big Bang Theory,” check out this Dimensional Fund Advisors article about how the show’s executive producer got wise with his own assets.)

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Vanguard’s Hip New Asset Allocation ETFs

By Justin Bender · February 7, 2018 - 6 comments

While many ETF providers have been frantically fooling around trying to launch the next hot bitcoin or marijuana fund, Vanguard Canada has been playing it oh, so cool. Instead of chasing after the crowd, they’ve recently released a hip new set of game-changers in the form of three asset allocation ETFs.

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The Most Boring Battle Ever: Bond ETFs or GICs?

By Justin Bender · December 13, 2017 - 14 comments

If ever there were a contest held for “Canada’s Most Boring Investment Ever,” I’ll bet that bond ETFs and guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) would duke it out in the final round. We buy them to offset our more glamorous (and more risky) stock funds with some sensible dependability. Then, thankless crowd that we are, we cringe at their related paltry returns. 

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Cutting up a 3-ETF Portfolio Into a 5-ETF Portfolio in an RRSP Account

By Justin Bender · October 30, 2017 - 6 comments

In my last blog post, we worked out the approximate asset class weights for US, international and emerging markets stocks targeted by the iShare Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada Index ETF (XAW). Now that we’ve got our breath back and our allocations in order, let’s sharpen our scissors and start running through what it would take to slice up a 3-ETF portfolio holding a single global XAW fund into a 5-ETF portfolio holding the same positions in individual ETFs. 

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