Focus on time in market, not market timing

The results can be amazing

January 12, 2018

Welcome to 2018. As we look forward and make plans for the New Year I thought it would be beneficial to look back at the past 10 years as a guide on how to behave for the next 10. So often we think of returns as a linear concept. This is understandable because most financial planning software requires just that: linear return assumptions. However, in reality, actual returns do not behave like that.

Consider the following chart. This illustration shows how much $1,000 would be worth after 10 years of investment. Even with the world financial crisis of 2008 the original investment of $1,000 had grown to $1,465. It also shows how much it would be worth if an investor missed a certain number of trading days over those 10 years. The results are amazing. If the investor simply missed the 10 best trading days over those 10 years they would have experienced a 46% loss instead of a 46% gain! In fact, taking it one step further, the investor who missed 40 of the best days was left with just 30% of their original $1000 investment.

I think this is a fantastic example of why the key to long term investment success is time in the market and never market timing.

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Teachings from a Soldier

100th Anniversary remembrance of Vimy Ridge

June 22, 2017

Recently, I had the privilege to attend a special presentation of the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge exhibit at the National War Museum. Prior to attending the exhibit we were treated to a speech by Master Corporal Stuart Dobie. Dobie was sponsored by Scotia Wealth to attend the ceremonies commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge in France earlier this year.

Master Corporal Dobie recounted his visit: he detailed the many gravesites and battle fields thathe attended and studied. His moving speech captivated the audience and transported us from our existing worries and life to the life of a soldier during world conflicts. It was moving and emotional to say the very least.

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Why I Love Volatility

When safe is risky and volatility is not

June 12, 2017

The following chart shows 10 Year Capital Market Assumptions by Asset Class. It clearly shows that over time long term returns of equity asset classes outperform and are expected to continue to outperform bond and fixed income securities. This is a trend that has been established for well over 100 years. However, as many Canadians are approaching retirement, or are already in retirement that may very well last longer than their working carrier, this is a significant concept to understand and to deal with.

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