• The Basics

    Understanding the essentials of dividend investing

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  • BTSX results

    A 30-year track record As of the end of 2018, the 30 year average rate of return using the “Beating the TSX” method was 12.33%. To put this in context, the benchmark index rate of return was 9.40% over the […]

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  • Why Dividends?

    Dividends are the building blocks of a solid financial plan. Top 10 reasons a dividend-based strategy is ideal for DIY investors: Superior returns Simplicity Low fees Lower risk Lower volatility Tax-efficiency Inflation protection Steady income Diversification Flexibility

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Lessons from the COVID crash and recovery

Success is not the result of knowledge, talent, or even skill. These things help, to be sure, but the most important determinant of achievement is step-by-step improvement. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, as long as you take […]

BTSX after bear markets

In a recent post we talked about why investing in the stock market during a market correction can be one of the best investment decisions one can make. But what about dividend paying stocks? Data shows that dividend-paying stocks in […]

Why now is a good time to invest

What a month. Humanity is living through the worst pandemic in a century. Canada’s oil and gas sector is on the ropes. And our investments have taken a beating. Is this a good time to invest in stocks? I think […]

Why is the stock market crashing?

Two days ago the stock market officially entered bear market territory, coming down 20% from its high just a few weeks ago. Yesterday the TSX dropped another 12% – the largest one day drop in its history. The beating investors […]

Coping with a market correction

As I write these words, the TSX Composite is down 11.2% in the last week – officially a market correction. News headlines are screaming that it’s the fastest sell-off in history. The talking heads on BNN are turning shades of […]

How did BTSX perform in 2019?

How did your investments perform in 2019? Some will be surprised that it was such a good year. The S&P/TSX Composite Index returned about 22% including dividends. The bad news for mutual fund investors is that, as usual, the vast […]

What is SPIVA?

If there is one thing every investor should know about before considering the purchase of an actively managed mutual fund, it is this: the SPIVA report. SPIVA stands for “S&P Indices Versus Active” and it describes a semi-annual scorecard comparing […]

What is confirmation bias?

Building on last month’s post which addressed how we might tackle investing in a potentially “over-valued” market, I thought I would explore one of the most common cognitive biases that undermines good financial decision-making: confirmation bias. About a year after […]