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ETFs

Top International Equity ETFs for your portfolio

Over the last month or so, I’ve shared some of my favourite Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to consider for your portfolio. This post included my top Canadian Dividend ETFs and this post over here captured my top Canadian Equity ETFs. Today’s post will dive into the world of International Equity ETFs, and you’ll see things are a bit more complicated.  I’ll do my best to highlight some considerations for you.  What are the key benefits of investing in ETFs again? You have the potential to own many stocks for a rock-bottom fee. You get distributions ...
ETFs

Top Canadian Equity ETFs for your portfolio

Some things change but many things stay the same.  I recall we’re getting close to 400 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange now but you probably only need one, just one, broad market Canadian Equity ETF for your portfolio.  This is especially true if you’re a long-term investor seeking to keep things simple.  Reading My Own Advisor you might already know an ETF is like a low-cost version of a mutual fund you can buy and sell like a stock.   If you missed my post about ETFs 101 check it out. While I believe ...
Investing

Indexing 101

First My Own Advisor reader:  “Great site, but I don’t know what you mean by indexing?” Me:  I should write a post on that. Second My Own Advisor reader:  “Hi Mark, I found this article interesting and while unable to send to my younger self, I did send to my daughter who is just starting her financial journey.  Her quick reply was:  thanks, I don’t understand all of it.  What is indexing?” Me:  I should write a post on that. Rightly so, the second reader reminded me of something I think about often, whether it concerns personal ...
Stocks

Another case for Indexing – Asset Class Returns in 2013

In reading My Own Advisor posts you know I’m following a two-pronged approach to build my retirement portfolio for financial independence:   I invest passively in the market (indexing) and I also buy and hold and hold blue-chip companies that have consistently rewarded investors (dividend investing). In reading this post over at Canadian Capitalist recently I reflected upon my own portfolio and specifically how my small basket of U.S. blue-chip stocks might have fared against the Dow or S&P 500 index this past year.  Let’s look at some ...
Stock Market

So, when are stocks on sale?

The following is a guest post from Rob L., a fan of My Own Advisor living in Munich, Germany. Probably one of the hardest things for an investor to determine is when a stock might be on sale.  Today, I want to share three methods investors could use to help determine that. #1 – Value Investing Best known as “Graham Investing”, you can find out-of-favour stocks (hence undervalued stocks) by looking at such things as P/E ratios and book value.  While you may find bargains eventually, it is hard work and I suspect that most investors don’t ...

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