Raymond contributes to PWL with his thirty years of experience in investment strategy and fixed income portfolio management. A passionate blogger, he writes a monthly column in French-language newspaper Les Affaires and hosts the French podcast “L’investissement Décomplexé”. Raymond also teaches finance part-time at McGill University.

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Spotlight on high-yield bond ETFs

Given the meagre interest rates paid by investment-grade bonds and GICs, it is only normal that people are interested in investments with a higher return. That includes advisors, as high-yield bond (HYB) exchange traded funds (ETFs) offered by BMO and iShares alone hold over $2 billion in assets.That’s not chicken feed.

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Is your portfolio sufficiently diversified?

We have recently learned of the death of British mathematician Edward H. Simpson (1922-2019). Simpson first distinguished himself during World War II as a code breaker for the Royal Navy, when he enabled the interception of numerous ships carrying supplies for the troops led by Germany’s General Rommel.

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Even with equal fees, I prefer passive ETFs!

Shock and awe! In 2018, Vanguard Canada, a fervent advocate of passive management, launched traditional, actively managed mutual funds. Actively managed mutual fund companies also successively launched their own array of exchange traded funds (ETFs). As a result, the great majority of the Canadian market’s 33 suppliers now offer mainly active management. Are we looking at the end of passive ETFs?

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Are You Ready for the Next Bear Market?

Almost 10 years after the 2009 stock market low, many investors are wondering whether another bear market is around the corner. Unfortunately, no one can predict the exact timing of a bear market. This being said, if you’re an investor with long-term goals, it’s in your best interest to adopt a strategic framework to guide your investment choices.