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.

Benjamin grew up on Vancouver Island, BC, before moving to Boston to complete a BSc in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University. During his stay in Boston he played NCAA division I basketball for the Northeastern Huskies. Benjamin went on to complete an MBA with a finance concentration from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in 2013. He joined PWL Capital in 2013 after searching for a way to offer fiduciary advice and index fund portfolios to clients.

Behavioural Finance

Investing in Technological Revolutions

Exciting new technologies, and the companies that create them, seem like obvious investment opportunities. Why wouldn’t you want to invest in the companies leading a new world-changing technological paradigm? Each past technological revolution has changed the world in profound and distinct ways, but their relationship with financial capital has been remarkably consistent. While we can’t predict how emergent technologies will change the world, we can draw insight from how financial markets have behaved through past technological revolutions.

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.

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    Adam McNamara Tech Entrepreneur
  • It’s exactly how everyone said it would be – I don’t spend any time worrying about my investments.

    Dave Van Dusen Swift Delivery Systems
  • Great experience! Very friendly and accommodating. Great teachers…can’t say enough good stuff.

    Graham Ghent
  • PWL has a time-tested, thorough, systematic approach to investment management.

    B.L. Client since 2001
  • As a client of Cameron for several years, I have been impressed with his sound investment strategy and unique personalized service that makes my family feel as if we are his only customer. During this time I encouraged several high net worth colleagues to get in touch with him. As a testament to Cameron’s affable and informed manner, 100% of these contacts became customers of his. Seems like people know a good thing when they experience it…

    Phil Wyatt
  • I can give no greater reference for Ben, Cameron and staff than this testimonial. We’ve been with PWL for about 18 months and couldn’t be more pleased. Our money languished with another vendor garnering subpar returns for six years prior. Sure, we received our perfunctory annual Christmas basket, but our portfolio never returned the targeted gain. Not once…

    PWL has been on the money, with our money, from day one. Simple, Data Driven and Predictable. If you’re considering switching portfolio managers – Just Do It.

    Rudy Richman VirtualCSO
  • Cameron and team were most helpful in making our transition from US to Canada as smooth as possible given several complications and they have continued to provide guidance and advice that keeps us feeling confident about where we are headed.

    They have spared us sleepless nights.

    Ruth McKinney and Fred Faust Retired
  • PWL has always treated me as an important individual/client providing well founded, personalized advice and guidance. They are also very prompt when responding to queries and always manage to squeeze me in for either a telephone or in person meeting when needed.

    Excellent advice and customer service.

    Sandy Ouimet Retired
  • Very impressed with the attention given by representatives to your needs and requests as well as the promptness for assistance or any service requested.

    Ron Devries Retired
  • PWL’s client services are incredibly good. Any questions or concerns are addressed promptly and thoroughly. I always feel well taken care of.

    James MacAulay
  • You guys are amazing. That simple.

    Nick S. Software Developer
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