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September 5, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Investment Industry's Perverse World: Pray for Bad News

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, Guest Column Published September 2nd, 2006 If I had to choose one word to describe the investment industry, I'd pick ‘perverse’. It is like no other industry I know. That word came to ...

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August 30, 2006

By Tom Bradley

PPNs - The Investment Industry's Vioxx

Since my column on principal-protected notes was published in the Globe & Mail on August 1st, I've had lots of e-mails. Almost without exception, they've been supportive of my view. Stuff like: "right on" ... someone needs to take a ...

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August 23, 2006

By Tom Bradley

You're Paying Too Much If...

Jonathan Chevreau of the National Post is known for continually pounding away on the fee issue. He had lots of ammunition this week when he got his hands on a U.S. academic study called "Mutual Fund Fees Around the World". ...

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August 17, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Unrealistic Expectations I

I was golfing with a friend of mine a couple of Friday's ago. At the 19th hole, we got talking investments, which led us to the PH&N Bond Fund. He's owned the fund for years and has been very happy ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Users' Guide to the Business Media

Originally published: October, 2004 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report). Context of the article: There's more investment information on the Internet and in the press than ever before. It's overwhelming. This article tries to help the individual investor ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Are Investors Buying Too Much Insurance

Originally published: January, 2005 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In 2005, Principal Protected Notes (PPN's) were again big sellers during RRSP season and were garnering a lot of attention amongst individual investors. The ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Discipline, Patience and Courage ... and a Little Cheating

Originally published: April, 2004 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: Being successful at investing is hard. It takes discipline, patience and courage. If investors don't possess those traits, they should consider other alternatives. The ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

In Defense of the Lowly Mutual Fund II

Originally published: July, 2004 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In the spring of 2004, the Globe & Mail did a series of articles on the mutual fund industry. The tone was pretty damning. ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Just Plain Wrong

Originally published: October, 2003 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: There are rules of thumb in the investment industry that get established despite the fact that they aren't necessarily correct. This article discusses four ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

In Search of a Better Balance

Originally published: July, 2003 ( Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In 2003, there was a lot of press on the conflicts of interest that are inherent in the investment industry. At that time, ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

A View From the Bottom

Originally published: April, 2003 ( Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: The stock market had been going down for three years. Three year returns for the Canadian and U.S. markets (Cdn $) were -11% ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

What Appears Obvious is Probably Untrue

Originally published: July, 2002 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In the summer of 2002, we were well into a bear market for equities. This article is build around the fact that when everyone ...

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