An annuity is a combination of life insurance and investment. Basically, the insurance company which sells you the annuity is betting that you will die before they have to pay you back all of the money that you invested.
Many Canadian Mutual Funds have a "series" of exactly the same funds for sale through discount online brokers, and at fees (Management Expense Ratio or MER) about a full 1 per cent lower than what they charge when the same fund is bought through banks or commissioned brokers or advisers.
From the New York Times, are five key pieces of investing advice from John Bogle that any investor can implement.
the "Buffett Indicator". This is essentially the ratio of the total value of the US stock market to the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP). At the moment, the ratio of 151% is close to historic levels.
Ignoring market headlines isn't putting your head in the sand; it's a key to a basic investing tenet.
Blackrock's I Shares have just launched the second group of All-In-One Balanced ETFs in Canada. Vanguard was first with its Asset Allocation ETFs launched last February.
Regularly, the investment environment goes a little nuts and offers up some particularly interesting investing opportunities. That is the case with preferred shares today.
Vanguard Asset Allocation ETFs are so good that they deserve special mention. As of now, they have attracted over $800 million in investments. Not bad for a product that has been available for 9 months.