Don’t Follow The Crowd Into The Wrong Index Funds


Currently, the most popular index funds in the United States are “currency hedged” ETFs.

In this article, I explain what they are.

And I try to convince you not to buy them.

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“Popular” doesn’t mean smart

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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3 Responses

  1. jeff howe says:

    Hey Andrew, it’s jeff Howe here hope all is well… I have a week off so reading through your website.

    Nice work!

  2. Charlie says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Happy new year, almost.
    I am currently running a portfolio of 70% VWRD and 30% IGLO on the LSE.

    Do you see anything wrong with buying other funds to makeup the following portfolio.

    VWRD – 50%
    IDP6 (S&P small cap) – 10%
    IDWP (global REIT) – 10%

    IGLO – 15%
    LQDE (Corporate Bond) – 15%

    Although this is not an exact Ric Ferri portfolio, I’ve been reading some of his articles and like his thinking.

    And one last question, why do you never recommend TIPS / Treasury Bonds in your books for non-Americans? They seem to perform well relative to some of the Global Bonds?

    Warm regards,

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