Passive Indexing vs. Active Management

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 7 In the world of investment funds, passive investments that track an index are relatively recent innovations. In the US, John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, launched a mutual fund in the 1970s that tracked the S&P 500 Index....

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The ETF: Building a Better Fund?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.6 Is the ETF a Better Fund? Tax Efficiency Due to the differences in the way mutual funds and ETFs are created and redeemed, there tends to be bit more tax efficiency in the case of ETFs. Therefore, if you have...

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The ETF: What is it?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.5 For decades the mutual fund has dominated the investment world of the average Canadian. You could walk into your local bank or credit union, get a recommendation from your friendly financial advisor, invest as little as $100, set...

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The Wide World of Mutual Fund Categories

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.4 Diversification is one of the main benefits of mutual funds. With one purchase you can buy a piece of a wide variety of securities. Nevertheless, some mutual funds are quite narrowly focused and should probably be complemented by...

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With your Mutual Fund you also get a Trailer

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.3 Why is there a trailer hitched to my mutual fund? Included in the Management Expense Ratio or MER of many mutual funds is a trailing commission or trailer that is paid to the firm where you have your mutual...

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What a load of … fees!

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.2 Within my larger series on investment planning, this is the second post on mutual funds. Mutual funds are popular investment vehicles for investors because they give you instant diversification in a single purchase and they can be bought...

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Mutual Funds: Investing for the Masses

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.1 What is a mutual fund? At its simplest a mutual fund is a pool of money that has been invested in a collection of stocks – in the case of an equity fund – that have been chosen by...

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What’s so “common” about Common Stock?

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 4 If you are the kind of person who “follows the stock market,” that is, you watch the stock prices crawl across the bottom of the TV screen while your dentist is up to his elbows in your mouth,...

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