Think You’re Smarter Than A Hedge Fund Manager?

In the Globe and Mail’s Strategy Lab investment competition, the indexed portfolio I created last September is in last place.

My colleagues Norm Rothery, Chris Umiastowksi and John Heinzl are three hares that have left me – the indexed tortoise – far behind.

Does this mean you should abandon an indexed strategy in favour of individual stocks?

Not necessarily. Because of their low costs, passive strategies (such as mine) are relentless pursuers. And with patience, they can beat the returns of most professional investors.

Let me prove it



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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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2 Responses

  1. Sal says:


    Unfortunately I can't read your latest article because of the 10 article limit in the Globe and Mail. I refuse to pay the $20/month for unlimited access. Is there any way you can post it on this site. If not, I'll just have to wait a month to read it grrrr.

    You've convinced me to become a pure index investor about a year ago, and I'm very happy with my couch potato portfolio.

    Keep up the informative and interesting articles!



  2. Hi Sal,

    The Globe and Mail, like most print papers, is trying to make money. I know they're going to survive, but like most print papers, they're not far from the ropes and need to find a way to stay off them. Pardon the boxing analogy. And thanks for the kind words of encouragement.



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