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Old 10-06-2017, 03:42 PM   #21
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@Sunset We got rid of our Mutual funds 15 years ago and started with a high Dividend portfolio with our investment advisor. Over the last 7 years I have slowly transitioned to ETF investment following the "Canadian Couch Potato" strategy. Currently about a third of our investment are ETF (Canadian Index, Us Index, International Index and Canadian Bond) and the rest are a mix of blue chip stocks and a small amount Preferred Shares.

I found my ETF strategy was out performing my FA, which is why we got rid of him last year.

I would highly recommend the CCP (Canadian Couch Potato) strategy as 66% of mutual funds can not beat the market due to their fees. I have mostly Vanguard funds, iShares, BMO and Horizons ETF's are also popular. For example VFV covers the US S&P 500 holds 512 stocks and has a fee of only 0.08%. I use this for my US component. I also have VCE, VI, ZRE and VAB to round things out.

More info can be found here: Canadian Couch Potato
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:40 PM   #22
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An awesome story, thank you very much for sharing this, I have lots of saving to do but threads like this are an inspiration. I'm glad to see you are able to fill your days with something meaningful ie being there for the kids, exercise and projects around the house.
please keep updating us.
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