Indexing with muscle: Sizing up iShares’ Portfolio Builders ETFs


Do you want active money management for the price of an index?

If so, you might like reading about these iShares builders.

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Read my article in the Globe and Mail

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 and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. 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.

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5 Responses

  1. Liam says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I’m a British expatriate teacher working in Indonesia. I am planning to open a trading account in the next few weeks

    Given the change of fees at DBS Vickers, is this still the best option for me? If not, who should I look to open an account with in Singapore?

    • Hi Liam,

      While DBS Vickers is still a good option, it’s easier to send and wire your money to TD International, based in Luxembourg. You could open the account easily, without traveling there or taking a test (unlike with Singapore) Here’s the link:

      • Liam says:

        Hi andrew,

        Sorry for the duplication!

        TD international wont accept applications in Indonesia. I think I am still registered as a british resident too, would I be ok to give my residential address in the UK or does that mean I lose the offshore benefits?

        If not, I am visiting singapore next weekend and I can open the DBS Vickers account…..

        I really don’t know which is best!

        Thanks so much again!

  2. Lance Parry says:

    Great stuff, Andrew!

    I always wonder what tools/websites you use to easily calculate your test portfolio returns?

    ie) “Between Nov. 13, 2008 (the Portfolio Builders inception date) and Sept. 3, 2013, such an unbalanced collection of ETFs would have gained 48.2 per cent.”


    • Hi Lance,

      I used the iShares website for the details above. They have excellent tracking charts for each of their ETFs. For American fund tracking (including U.S. based ETFs) I use Morningstar. And I have used Globefund to track Canadian mutual fund performances.


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