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Think Twice before Replacing Your “Risky” Bonds with “Safe” Stocks

By Dan Hallett on April 11th, 2017

For virtually my entire career, bond yields have been characterized as "historically low" – yet have fallen with few interruptions. Since the Financial Crisis, however, yields have been super skinny and have continued falling. Razor thin yields....

Concerns with “Fund Facts” and “ETF Facts” Risk Ratings

By Dan Hallett on January 6th, 2017

“Fund Facts” is a 2 to 4 page regulatory summary document designed to inform investors on a mutual fund’s salient features. A version for exchange-traded funds – i.e. ETF Facts – will be required starting next September. One of the most....

Regulations Will Create Scalability Challenges for Canadian Robo-advisors

By Dan Hallett on November 18th, 2016

Robo-advisors offer investment advice through websites and mobile applications. In the U.S. this segment – which was born after the Financial Crisis – manages tens of billions of dollars for clients. American robo-advisors can provide investment....

Making Sense of Your New CRM2 Performance Report

By Dan Hallett on September 14th, 2016

On July 15, 2016 the second phase of Client Relationship Management (CRM2) became official. CRM2 is a new set of rules requiring most “financial advisors” to provide two new annual reports to each client – one detailing amounts paid to....

Self-Inflicted Problems: Mutual Fund Industry Has Fought Investor-Friendly Reforms

By Dan Hallett on July 21st, 2016

As seen in the May 2016 edition of Investment Executive.Recently published research on mutual fund commissions' influence on fund flows led by Douglas Cumming, finance professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto -....

Beware of Advertisements for F-series Investment Funds

By Dan Hallett on May 27th, 2016

Marketing is a critical component of every business, and the investment industry is no different.  But an industry trusted with the management of individuals’ life savings should be held to a higher standard.To an extent, it is.  Regulators....

Does Hoarding Cash Protect Investors from the Bear?

By Dan Hallett on March 31st, 2016

Over the past several years, I met many investors who pulled money out of the market prior to the 2007-09 Financial Crisis. Their reasons for pulling out sounded logical.  Their profits were big while the market was low.  But these investors and....

Reduced Fund Payout Is Good But Beware of Unsavoury Sales Pitch

By Dan Hallett on December 16th, 2015

I recently wrote about how high-payout monthly income funds are being mis-sold to investors and how some fund companies had provided false and misleading information to at least one end investor.  I always take notice of fund distribution cuts so a....

High-payout Funds Are a Cash Flow Mirage

By Dan Hallett on November 27th, 2015

In the world of investing, nothing turns my stomach more than when a member of the investment industry misleads investors and then directly benefits from said misinformation.  Usually only subtle trickery is at play.  And most often I have seen....

SPIVA Report Interesting but Misses Key Message for Investors

By Dan Hallett on November 6th, 2015

S&P Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI) publishes two reports annually comparing the performance of actively managed mutual funds against common financial market benchmarks. The recently-published mid-year SPIVA Canada Scorecard doesn’t paint a....

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