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Nov 24, 2009
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Help with investment

I am a novice at investments but had to move all investment from an advisor’s hand due to various reasons but because of this, I moved them over to TD Self Direct.

It is shocking to realize how much TD Waterhouse get for commissions from all my funds and that made me realize how much the old advisor was getting for managing them.

I have some front-load and some back-load funds. TD provide a statement at the end of the years stating there are trailer commissions they have received from the fund firms and it is between $350-$400 annum. I was told the commissions will goes down as time evolves due to the nature of the funds.

DYN 454 - frontload
DYN 5710 - frontload
MFC 2898 - frontload
MFC 3655 - backload
MFC 3654 - backload
CIG 6929 – frontload but I can’t sell it until redemption window is open again

TD Waterhouse does not have the low fee funds for the two DYNs but they are not doing too bad for the return but as for all the MFC funds, the 3655 and 654 can be a switch in kind to MKB and QCN ETFs respectively with low fees and no trailer fees.

I have tried to look up the two ETFs but is having a hard time understanding if they are any good. Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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I would start by using Morningstar and TD's own research are on their website to look up what categories these funds are in. From there, compare the funds in the category (assuming you want to stay in that category of course) to see which one works for you in terms of performance, risk profiles, and fees - fees should only be a deciding factor after the first two are taken into account (ie. there's no point in investing in a low fee, low performance, high risk fund if there is an OKAY fee, medium/high performance, medium/lower risk fund). Also pay attention to the Morningstar ratings as they generally sum things up pretty good.

Once you have selected those 'winning funds' check their performance as against their benchmark (ie US funds typically use the S&P500) if the fund's performance is lower, compare their performance with an S&P500 ETF. You may want to move your investment to the ETF depending on what you find.
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Look at the penalties and see if its worth moving out (if it's a substantial amount it probably is). Read up on canada couch potatoe, you can build a very low fee portfolio and reasonable returns and risk based on how you want the allocation. Or go something lazy like VGRO or VBAL for the lazy people like me. If you're hard stuck on a mutual fund, MAW104 is always a good bet.
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Is there a penalty to move in kind to a direct invest account
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Craftsman: Thank you for your help. I honestly have done my due diligence and tries to understand the differences between the holding and the "in kind" fund but even after over January I am still where I am which is not able to decide what to do next. In terms of the performance among the funds, I really need help deciphering the data. I have attached two URLs below. Based on my returns, for MFC 3655, it is showing a 17% gain but for MFC 3654 it is showing only a 2.04% increase. I am more inclined to move this to QCN however I am torn because I am not sure about the performance. There is little long term data on this fund. What does it mean if MKB fund is below all the other comparable? (see MKB summary screenshot).

MFC 3655 versus MKB
MFC 3655 - 2-morning stars and risk is average, MER 2.28 %
MKB - no rating since the inception started April 2016, low risk, 0.61 MER

MFC 3654 versus QCN
MFC 3654 - 2-morning stars and risk is average, MER 2.43 %
QCN - no rating since the inception started Jan 2018, medium risk and 0.06% MER

The ETF fact sheet can be found here for MKB and QCN:
https://www.mackenzieinvestments.com/en ... ex-etf-qcn
https://www.mackenzieinvestments.com/en ... me-etf-mkb

Sleepguy: Thank you for the information. I have been trying to catch up on reading all the posts from the investment section about Coach Potatoes investment and it is just wonderful that there is such a way for people like myself. I will check out those suggestions you have made. I am not all stuck on mutual funds at all, but I am not a huge risk taker either when it comes to money.

Airmail: There is no penalty as long it is transferred in "in-kind" however I can't say if there is a fee for transferring out from another person’ hands.
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Last edited by mslofty on Feb 12th, 2019 3:56 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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mslofty wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 1:54 am
Craftsman: Thank you for your help. I honestly have tried my due diligence and tries to understand the differences between the holding and the "in kind" fund but even after over January I am still where I am which is not able to decide what to do next. In terms of the performance among the funds, I really need help deciphering the data. I have attached two URLs below. Based on my returns, for MFC 3655, it is showing a 17% gain but for MFC 3654 it is showing only a 2.04% increase. I am more inclined to move this to QCN however I am torn because I am not sure about the performance. There is little long term data on this fund. What does it mean if MKB fund is below all the other comparable? (see MKB summary screenshot).

MFC 3655 versus MKB
MFC 3655 - 2-morning stars and risk is average, MER 2.28 %
MKB - no rating since the inception started April 2016, low risk, 0.61 MER

MFC 3654 versus QCN
MFC 3654 - 2-morning stars and risk is average, MER 2.43 %
QCN - no rating since the inception started Jan 2018, medium risk and 0.06% MER

The ETF fact sheet can be found here for MKB and QCN:
https://www.mackenzieinvestments.com/en ... me-etf-mkb
https://www.mackenzieinvestments.com/en ... rical-data

Sleepguy: Thank you for the information. I have been trying to catch up on reading all the posts from the investment section about Coach Potatoes investment and it is just wonderful that there is such a way for people like myself to invest. I will check out those suggestions you have made. I am not all stuck on mutual funds at all, but I am not a huge risk taker either when it comes to money.

Airmail: There is no penalty as long it is transferred in "in-kind" however I can't say if there is a fee for transferring out from another person’ hands.
QCN was only started a little more than a year ago so there would not be any track history on the ETF itself - you will have to base any analysis on how the fund is benchmarked and the fees. In QCN's case, according to the Mackenzie information, it's based on a Solactive Canada Broad Market Index with a 0.06% MER. You will have to do some research on that index to see how well it matches up to the TSX 300 and you can kind of judge the performance from that. I say kind of as there are not guarantees that the Solactive won't screw up or the fund manager won't screw up.

As for the MKB, that's just a bond fund that is benchmarked against the FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond Index and it's very conservative.
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craftsman, thank you so much for your inputs. In that case, I will hold it out as long as I can for MFC 3654 to mature and take out 10% of it annually as cash which is permitted by Mackenzie without incurring penalty.

Would this be the returns more or less if I convert MFC 3655 to MKB? See image uploaded. I got that from the fact sheet.
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mslofty wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 4:06 pm
craftsman, thank you so much for your inputs. In that case, I will hold it out as long as I can for MFC 3654 to mature and take out 10% of it annually as cash which is permitted by Mackenzie without incurring penalty.

Would this be the returns more or less if I convert MFC 3655 to MKB? See image uploaded. I got that from the fact sheet.
MFC 3655 seems to be a managed portfolio fund (ie part stock, part bonds, part cash) which is NOT the same as the MKB which is a bond fund. In theory, the managed portfolio with it's stock exposure should provide you with a greater return but at a higher risk than MKB. Bond funds can have good returns if the market conditions are just right BUT those conditions are hard to come by. So, I would say, that it's unlikely in the longer term than the MKB will be able to give you the same returns as 3655.
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Hi folks,
I recently started a family RESP accounts for my three kids and invested $5000 CASH. I dint start any investments yet, could you please suggest a low risk investment option, my kids ages from 2 months old, 3 year's and 5 year's old.
I have opened a RRSP account and put $15000, need to invest this as well. Any suggestions or recommendations please ?
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sh8wh4sg wrote:
Mar 8th, 2019 11:18 am
Hi folks,
I recently started a family RESP accounts for my three kids and invested $5000 CASH. I dint start any investments yet, could you please suggest a low risk investment option, my kids ages from 2 months old, 3 year's and 5 year's old.
I have opened a RRSP account and put $15000, need to invest this as well. Any suggestions or recommendations please ?
Throw out the word "low risk." In today's context, this term is too vague that no-one knows what is "low-risk" to you.

First things first, where did you open your family account? This will change the options you have available to you.

Secondly, what defines low risk to you? Your children will not be starting post-secondary education for at least 12-13 years. This means that you have a decent amount of years to allow the funds to grow. Going higher equity means you have a better chance to allow your funds to grow to a decent amount, but may experience some drops if there are any market downturns which will likely happen once or twice in that time span. Going conservative with fixed income etc. will mean your funds will steadily increase, with less drops in price, but you will lose out on years of potential gain.

With the time frame you are looking at, and the fact that this is a family account, you have time for the proceeds to grow. I would be looking at a relatively more aggressive portfolio, with equities being at least 60% of the holdings with 40% fixed income. Going any lower, you also have the "risk" of not having enough RESP funds for your children when it comes to their education.
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