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When most people think of investing they think of guys who wear nice suits, make millions of dollars and stare at boring/complicated graphs on computer screens all day. Or perhaps, if you’re a young adult, you might associate investing with stock market crashes and the panic that they cause – that’s what the media prefers to report on, after all.

At best, most Canadians see “investing” as something they talk about with their “bank person” once or twice a year (usually during “RRSP season”) and as a sort of arcane magic/black box that they could never hope to understand. Be different, and learn to invest using our quick and easy investment guide.

The truth is that investing for most people should be very very simple, especially if you take what is called “passive investing” or “couch potato investing” approach.

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Canadians pay the highest fees to financial advisors in the world through hidden mutual fund costs. By learning a few small pieces of terminology, and reading a few articles on the tools that we use, anyone can become a DIY investor and learn to control their own financial fate, instead of leaving it in the hands of people who might not have their best interests at heart.

All people need to succeed as an investor is basic grade nine math (honestly, most of it is just basic ratios and percentages, it’s no more complicated than understanding hockey players’ plus/minus numbers or a goalie’s save percentage) and a willingness to ask questions when we don’t know something. For some reason talking about money and investments is taboo, and very few teachers have any idea about this stuff, so we’re never really exposed to any natural learning opportunities. This information imbalance is massively exploited to the tune of hundreds of billion dollars every year in Canada.

Don’t be that person that is afraid to ask a question for fear of looking dumb! Let us help you Keep It Simple and Stellar (KISS). View our comprehensive Investing Guide Below (the best articles are highlighted for your convenience):

The Basics – Couch Potato Investing

  1. ETF Investing – The Basics
    1. Vanguard’s New ETFs Challenge Canada’s Robo Advisors
    2. Best ETFs for Young Canadian Investors
    3. Canadian ETF’s VS USA ETFs
    4. The Ultimate 5-Step Guide to Maximizing Your Index ETF Returns
    5. Vanguard Canada ETFs vs TD E-Series Mutual Funds
    6. VTI and VXUS (Vanguard)
    7. Why Should You Stick to Index Investing
  2. Index Investing and ETFs
  3. The Magic of Compound Interest
  4. What are RRSPs, TFSAs, and RESPs (Separate Section)
  5. What are preferred shares?
  6. The pros and cons of Limit Orders
  7. Stop-Limit orders
  8. Growth VS monthly income

Dividend Investing

  1. Making a Dividend Income Spreadsheet
  2. Canadian Dividend Investing: Big Bank Stocks
  3. Dividends Explained
  4. Canadian Dividend Investing: Utility Stocks
  5. Dividend Re-Investment Plans (DRIP) – Why and How
  6. Investing In Tobacco Dividends

Robo Advisors: The New Way to Invest

  1. Wealthsimple Review (Top Rated)
  2. Wealthsimple Black and The Wealthsimple High-Interest Savings Account
  3. BMO SmartFolio Review
  4. RBC InvestEase Review
  5. JustWealth Review
  6. Modern Advisor Review
  7. IQ Trade by Questrade Review
  8. Steadyhand and Mawer vs Robo Advisors
  9. TD E-Series vs Robo Advisors
  10. How to Get TD E-Series Funds in Your TFSA or RRSP
  11. Tangerine Investment Funds vs Robo Advisors
  12. Robo Advisors Have a Fiduciary Duty – Can Your Advisor Say the Same?

Online Stock Brokers:

  1. BMO Investorline Online Banking Review
  2. Questrade Review (Most Recommended)
  3. Questrade Vs. Qtrade Comparison
  4. Questrade vs Virtual Brokers
  5. Virtual Brokers Review
  6. TD Direct Investing

Best Canadian Banks

  1. Tangerine Online Banking and Investing Review
  2. Simplii Financial Review

Warnings and Heads Ups:

  1. Is the Smith Manoeuvre Too Risky?
  2. 5 Reasons Not to Invest In Penny Stocks
  3. Corporate Class Funds
  4. How Much Will I Need to Save for Retirement?
  5. Canadian Flow-Through Shares Explained

Financial Advice

  1. The Investor Group
  2. Investor Group Update: Lower MER
  3. What What You Do With 150K?
  4. How often should I be re-balancing my investment portfolio?
  5. Why renting a house in your 20′s is a good choice for the future
  6. Taking a Canadian Securities Course (CSC)
  7. The danger of Forex Trading


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