Canadian Couch Potato
By Dan Bortolotti
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The Canadian Couch Potato Podcast is a spin-off series from the Canadian Couch Potato blog, hosted by veteran journalist, author and investment advisor Dan Bortolotti. For the last eight years, Dan Bortolotti has written about index investing on his blog (CanadianCouchPotato.com) where he offers straight-up, practical advice for Canadians who want to learn more about investing using index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Each episode of will feature an interview with a guest expert who will chat about a specific investing topic, takeaway messages from the discussion, a segment called “Bad Investment Advice,” where Dan pokes fun at a specific bit of unhelpful commentary in the financial media, and an Ask the Spud segment where, with the help of Dan’s PWL colleague Amanda Dalziel, he answers investing questions from listeners and blog readers.
||Clean18 - Boots on the Ground With Rob Carrick||The Globe and Mail’s Rob Carrick talks about his 20-year career in financial journalism and how he manages to stay relevant to his readers. Then Dan takes issue with the idea that screening for individual stocks is like building a “personal index...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 - Keeping It Real with Ben Rabidoux||Real estate analyst Ben Rabidoux joins Dan to discuss home ownership as an alternative to a traditional portfolio. Then Dan questions why investors would be attracted to ETFs that try to emulate hedge funds. Finally, he encourages Couch Potato...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 - Common Sense With Ben Carlson||Dan talks investing with Ben Carlson, author of the book and blog A Wealth of Common Sense. Then he explains why candlesticks and death crosses are tools for the dumb money. In Ask the Spud, Dan answers a reader question about whether you need REITs...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 - The Value of Simple||Dan chats with John Robertson, author of The Value of Simple, about the trade-offs between cost and complexity in investing. Then we take an in-depth look at a new family of Vanguard ETFs that allow you to build a one-fund portfolio. For complete show..||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 - How to Make Millions in Bitcoin (Not Really)||Ready to add bitcoin to your ETF portfolio? Dan explains why this is probably a terrible idea. In the interview segment, Dan is joined by financial planner and author Shannon Lee Simmons to discuss her new book, Worry-Free Money. Finally, he...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 - Here Come the Robots||Robo-advisors are changing the investment landscape in Canada. To learn more about this trend, Dan speaks with Prof. Pauline Shum-Nolan of York University about the future of online ETF portfolio management. Then we answer a listener’s question...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 - Robert Shiller: CAPE Crusader||Dan and Prof. Robert Shiller (one of whom has won a Nobel Prize) talk about efficient markets, forecasting stock returns, and the Canadian housing market. Then Dan challenges a new book that promises to save investors from major drawdowns, and answers..||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 - Fighting Evil with Index Funds||Dan talks to Mike Foy of JD Power about the research firm’s recent survey of DIY investors who use online brokerages. He then challenges a magazine article that claims index funds might be an economic evil. Finally, Dan and Amanda comfort an...||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 - MoneySense, We Hardly Knew Ye||Dan is joined by David Thomas, former editor-in-chief of MoneySense, to discuss how the magazine has evolved into a digital brand. Then Dan considers whether Canadians need international diversification in their portfolios, and whether it makes sense...||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 - Finding Common Ground||Dan chats with Tom Bradley of Steadyhand Investment Funds about how the ‘active vs. passive’ debate often misses the key point: that both active investors and Couch Potatoes need to focus on the same things: low cost, broad diversification...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 - Couch Potato with a Conscience||Tim Nash, the Sustainable Economist, joins Dan to discuss socially responsible investing and whether it’s compatible with indexing. Then Dan consoles the hedge fund manager who lost his million-dollar bet with Warren Buffett. Finally, Dan and Amanda..||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 - Making Sense of Bonds||Dan answers frequently asked questions about bonds, including how they are affected by changing interest rates, how to calculate their returns, and whether you still need them in your portfolio. For complete show notes, visit ...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - Wishing Upon a Morningstar||Dan speaks to researcher Christopher Davis of Morningstar Canada about the idea of “active share” and whether it has delivered on its promise. Then he considers whether it’s OK to pay more for mutual funds that have performed well in the...||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - Master Class with the Millionaire Teacher||Globetrotting author Andrew Hallam joins Dan to talk about the new edition of his bestselling book, Millionaire Teacher. Dan considers whether indexing investing has become too popular, and answers a reader’s question about how a portfolio should...||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 - Charles Ellis and the Index Revolution||Dan interviews Charles Ellis—an indexing titan and the author of the landmark Winning the Loser’s Game—about his long and distinguished career, as well as his new book, The Index Revolution. He also shares his advice for investors who are...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - A Hedge Fund Manager Comes Clean||Lars Kroijer, author and former hedge fund manager, explains why most investors have little or no hope of beating the market over the long term. Dan challenges advisors who promise unrealistic returns without explaining their numbers. Then Dan and...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - Planning vs Investing with Sandi Martin||Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance joins Dan to discuss the differences between financial planning and investment advice. Then Dan considers how things worked out if you revamped your portfolio before the US election. In Ask the Spud, we look at...||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Dan's blog has been a sense making beacon for Canadian for years. And now we get to hear him bring it to our ears! I'll be waiting for new episodes!
great return of investment for your time as listener :)
Great podcast. As an immigrant I'm really interested to know more about the investment opportunites in Canada. I really like the two last segments: the false good idea and the reader question We got straigt answers and commentary! 30-40 minutes is not too long, the perfect duration to talk about several issues in one episode.
Great work Dan. great music too! look forward to learning more from you and your guests.
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