Sharesight: Tracking your Investment Portfolio — a visual walkthrough.

Sharesight: Tracking your Investment Portfolio — a visual walkthrough.

A common question I receive is what method I use to track my portfolio. There are ways to do this manually in Excel, although I find that process too laborious and prone to error. My preference has always been a “one-stop shop” type of program where I can input (or have automatically updated via broker) [...]

Active vs Passive Investing

Active vs Passive Investing

For the long-term equity investor, the debate between active and passive strategies rests on three main considerations:  Market efficiencyPortfolio constructionHistorical performance Let's look at each in more detail. Market Efficiency At the centre of the active versus passive debate is the question of whether stock markets are efficient. What is an Efficient Market? In an [...]

Diversification 101

Diversification 101

In the world of investing, one thing is certain – markets will go up and down as economies move through different cycles of growth, taking investor emotions along with them. Managing such emotions, at both the peaks and valleys of the market, is one of the hallmarks of successful investors. Whatever happens in the market, [...]

Research Process

Research Process

I utilize five sources for investment decisions:1) My Watchlist2) Morningstar Monthly Picks3) RBC Insight4) FAST Graphs5) Annual + Quarterly Reports 1) My Watchlist Tier 1: - Companies with a minimum 15 years of increasing dividends- Big 5 Canadian banks (RBC, TD, BNS, CIBC, BMO)- Brookfield Tier 2: - Companies with a minimum 5 years of [...]

Genesis: The Beginning

Genesis: The Beginning

In the beginning there arose an idea.Many would consider leveraging equities as misguided in what, by all indicators, is: late in the cycle; the end of a ten year bull run; the precursor to a recession.After months of research and deliberation, I decided to invest on my own terms regardless of these facts. Without sounding [...]