Why It Keeps Looking Worse For Actively Managed Funds

You say a really smart man or woman is behind your amazing mutual fund?

You say it has a winning track record against its benchmark index fund? Here’s why the joke might be on you…

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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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6 Responses

  1. J.D. says:

    Bit of a shame that you can’t republish the whole article here also, even if after a period of time.
    Can’t bring myself to post a link publicly to other sites unless I specifically feel comfortable supporting them.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s a bit cumbersome to first read a summary of the article here, then go to another website to read it, and then come back here to read the comments and to then comment. I wonder why he does this?

      • Hi Lisa,

        I’m really sorry for the inconvenience. AssetBuilder pays me to write an objective, weekly column that (and this is really cool) doesn’t advertise for AssetBuilder. Because I would like to maximise the numbers of people that read it, I publish part of it on my website. But because AssetBuilder pays me, I can’t publish the entire story on my website.

        I know it’s not perfect. But thanks for your understanding.



  2. Michael says:


    At my previous teaching job in Asia, I could send Canadian dollars to my Internaxx account. So for 4 years, I bought Canadian domiciled Vanguard ETFs on the TSE: (1) VUN, (2) VDU and (3) VSB. But my new job pays me in Japanese Yen. I can only send Euro (or U.S. dollars) to Internaxx in Luxembourg. So I started buying Vanguard ETFs from the Amsterdam exchange that trade in Euro: (1) VUSA S&P 500, (2) VEUR and (3) VECP Bonds. Now I have a portfolio of Canadian domiciled Vanguard ETFs, and a portfolio of European domiciled ETFs. Do you think this is going to get too complicated, and that I should just pay the exchange rates and continue with only Canadian domiciled Vanguard ETFs? Exchange rates get expensive, though. This question is for Andrew, or anyone else who wants to share their thoughts with me. Thanks.

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