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ETF Commissions Are History

When I first heard that National Bank Direct Brokerage (NBDB) was now offering commission-free trades on all Canadian ETFs, I was impressed.  Questrade has been the fan favourite in this low-fee space for awhile now, but their commission-free deal only applied to ETF purchases (not sales). After opening an account with NBDB and placing my […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio at Scotia iTRADE

In the fifth installment of my beginner DIY investing series, we’ll learn how to implement an ETF portfolio at Scotia iTRADE. Scotia iTRADE is a relatively high-cost brokerage for a newbie investor with modest assets, so please carefully review the fees below before making your choice. $9.99 trading commissions In order to qualify for $9.99 […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio at RBC Direct Investing

In the fourth installment of my beginner DIY investing series, we’ll learn how to implement an ETF portfolio at RBC Direct Investing.     $9.95 trading commissions In 2014, RBC was the first of the big six banks to lower its standard trading commission to $9.95 per trade (others quickly followed suit). Although $9.95 may […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio at CIBC Investor’s Edge

In the third installment of my DIY investing series, I show newbie investors how to implement an ETF portfolio at CIBC Investor’s Edge.  I’ve also included some additional comments below, which may be helpful if you’re still trying to decide which discount brokerage to go with.     Avoiding the annual RRSP administration fee In […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio at BMO InvestorLine

In the second tutorial of the series, I show DIY investors how to implement an ETF portfolio at BMO InvestorLine.  I’ve also included some additional commentary below that investors should read prior to implementing their portfolio. Avoiding the annual RRSP administration fee Investors with less than $25,000 in their RRSP account pay a hefty annual […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio at TD Direct Investing

So you’ve made the decision to become a DIY investor, but there’s way too much information online to wrap your head around. Not to worry – my new series of tutorials will cut through the noise and show you just what you need to know.  The first set of videos will be geared towards the […]

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How to Build an ETF Portfolio

DIY investing can be intimidating. Sure, I post model ETF portfolios on my blog that readers can download and implement at their favourite brokerage, but novice investors may still find the process overwhelming. That’s why I’ve decided to set-up a DIY investing channel on YouTube (the videos have been produced by Tara Hunt and edited […]

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Ask Bender: Canadian Stocks vs. Global Stocks (Part II)

In my last blog post, we found that overweighting Canadian stocks by about 30% (relative to a global market capitalization equity weight of about 3%) had historically resulted in a less risky portfolio.  Obviously, this analysis gave no guarantee of the minimum risk portfolio going forward, but it did provide a useful starting point for […]

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Ask Bender: Canadian Stocks vs. Global Stocks

During periods when global stocks have been outperforming Canadian stocks, I receive a growing number of questions asking why my model ETF portfolios are skewed so heavily towards Canadian stocks (as one might imagine, I receive the opposite feedback when Canadian stocks are outperforming global stocks).  The argument usually goes something like this:  Canadian stocks […]

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New Multifactor ETFs from iShares (Part II)

Last week we looked at the iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Canada Index ETF (XFC), one of a trio of new ETFs based on multifactor indexes from MSCI. Recall that we found a few surprises in our analysis: a large part of the index’s performance could not be explained by the size, value, momentum and quality […]

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