Will Runaway Inflation Derail The Recovery?
This past year has been a pretty bleak news year. Day after day we’ve all been inundated with scary headlines that basically boiled down to “Are we all going to die horribly today?” Thankfully, those days are starting to recede into the rearview mirror. The world’s biggest vaccination campaign in history is in full swing, California and New York just declared their economies open again, and here in Ontario we can now enjoy a drink on a patio without being tased by the po-po. Progress! So, in a way, it’s kind of nice to see the news go back to […]
How To Build Your Own All-In-One Fund Using Passiv
All-in-One funds, also called asset allocation or wrapper funds, have exploded in popularity over the past decade with practically every bank or fund company offering them. They’re marketed as a one stop shop for building your portfolio. The premise goes, why manage a portfolio of 3 or 4 ETFs like how we teach people to do in our Investment Workshop when you can just buy this one fund? It’s a somewhat appealing pitch because who doesn’t want more simplicity, and you can’t get any more simple than a single fund, right? So when people email me asking whether it’s a […]
Is It Time To Ditch Bonds?
I’ve been getting a lot of messages lately asking this question. Basically, people (including myself) are looking at their portfolios and seeing everything going up except bonds. They’re reading the news about interest rates being in the crapper, and they’re asking themselves “Why are we owning these things? All they’ve done lately is go down.” Remember, the primary reason that bonds are used in an investment portfolio is that they act as stabilizers. They generally move in the opposite direction of the stock market, so when equities go up, bonds go down and when equities go down, bonds go up. […]
Why Gamestop investors Should NOT Invest in Index Funds
After we covered the saga of the Redditors and Gamestop a few weeks ago, our prediction came true a few days later: the stock crashed in value from a high of around $350 all the way down to $40, for an 89% loss. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth ensued on the Reddit forums while the rest of the investing world pointed and laughed. And then we all moved on with our lives to obsess over Meghan Markle. I had forgotten about these guys for a while, until one day I logged into my Questrade account. As I was poking […]
Can the Gamestop Saga Crash the Stock Market?
On a wall in our apartment is a section covered with post-its that both FIRECracker and I use to store potential article ideas. On one pink post-it are the words “Robinhood + Gamestop” I had put up there a few weeks ago when I had noticed something strange happening on the financial markets. Back then, there was a strange amount of chatter and interest in a random stock, Gamestop, for seemingly no reason. Similar things had been happening to other companies like AMC and Blackberry, and it was causing their stocks to spike to the complete surprise of the people […]