Articles under “fees”

Why We Avoid BlackRock ETFs

Back in 2013, salespeople for BlackRock called to tell us about their new series of iShares exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with dramatically lower fees. They clearly expected us to share their excitement, and jump at the chance to offer the funds to our clients.

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Don’t Do As I Do: (Canadian) Financial Advisers Edition

Financial decisions are among life’s most complex decisions, which is why many people turn to professional financial advisers for help. While the profession has its supporters, it also has a large group of critics.

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The Tyranny of Compounding Costs

Fees compound over time, just like investment returns. But rather than push the value of portfolios higher over the long run, fees do the exact opposite.

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Investment Fees Matter, But Taxes Matter Even More

For more than 40 years, our Chief Investment Officer Burt Malkiel has been telling investors that you can’t outperform the market, so you should buy index funds and focus on the three things over which you do have control: minimizing fees, minimizing taxes and staying diversified. Minimizing fees gets a lot of attention from personal

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