Segregated Funds: Mutual Funds with Insurance

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 6 Doesn’t this Post Belong Under Investment Planning? While segregated funds are investment products, the fact that they have certain insurance features and can only be bought through someone who is life-insurance-licensed, I have placed this topic under...

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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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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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