About a month ago, a reader, John M., wondered what I thought about XHB. I will attempt to do a smack down between XHB vs. XBB, but keep in mind that they are VERY different in philosophies, which results in VERY DIFFERENT holdings. We will see how a smack down between the two pans out. […]


I want to welcome all the new readers that have joined us since I was featured in the Globe and Mail; it is a pleasure to have you around! If you are familiar with my portfolio, I use both XIN and VEU (Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF) to represent the international part of my asset […]

Globe and Mail article

So my excuse for not hitting my 3 articles this week is that I was busy. I was approached by the Globe and Mail earlier this week about appearing in their Me and My Money column. Check it out here and let me know what you think! Special thanks to Leigh for finding it first […]

Free Premiere Tickets to the movie “Ted”

I have two screener passes to the movie Ted that is happening tomorrow (Thursday) night at Empire Theatres at Shawnessey in Calgary. Boy’s name is on the tickets, but I doubt that will be an issue. If you want it, just message me your email address and I can email the tickets over. Trailer is […]


If you are familiar with my portfolio, you know that I hold both XSB and XBB. During a recent conversation with Case Study #2, they were curious to see which one I would recommend, as they only wanted to hold one bond ETF to keep it simple. Well, they really wanted to hold no bonds, […]

XIN – iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)

This was one of my original ETF purchases that I still hold in my portfolio. I have recently purchased VEU to increase my exposure to international equities, so it will be interesting to see how the two stack up against one another. This Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) was introduced September 6, 2001, and seeks to […]

Case Study #2 – June update

I met up with Case Study #2, whom we met last month, and wanted to see how they were doing. 2012 Investment Goals Max out remaining TFSA room – $14,500 Any remaining money will go into RRSP They managed to contribute another $5,500 by the end of May, which takes up their total to $10,500 […]

XBB– iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund

This Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) seeks to replicate the performance of the DEX Universe Bond Index. It was introduced on November 20, 2000, and holds bonds that are issued domestically in Canada by all levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal) as well as corporate bonds. What is in this ETF? When you purchase a […]