Episode 3

Published on:

30th Sep 2022

Why ETFs? Answering a Young Investor's Questions About Investing with Exchange Traded Funds.

As young people embark on a lifetime of saving and investing, they need to understand the role of ETFs in the investment landscape. I had the opportunity over the summer to employ Meghan McCarthy, a third-year finance student at Bishop’s University, as an intern. She told me she was curious about ETFs and didn’t really understand how they differed from mutual funds.

I thought it would be a great opportunity to interview Meghan on my podcast and have her ask me her questions about ETFs and investing.

  • What is the difference between an ETF and mutual funds? [02:25]
  • If mutual funds don’t outperform, why not use ETFs instead? [08:00]
  • Is it possible for a mutual fund to compare itself to an index or does that make it an ETF? [09:55]
  • Why would you suggest for someone to use an advisor to build an ETF portfolio if it is already a managed fund?” [13:36]


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The Prosperous and Happy Life
Money doesn’t guarantee happiness, but it sure can help. In this podcast, I bring you expert advice on how to achieve not only wealth …. But happiness too!
I shares tips and experiences from my quest to help my clients be prosperous and happy. Over more than 30 years I have worked with thousands of clients and countless experts, all looking to live a rich and fulfilling life. In my podcast interviews I share my stories and wisdom, along with advice from the many experts I have encountered along the way.

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Mary Hagerman

Mary Hagerman is an award winning portfolio manager and investment advisor with the Montreal office of Raymond James Ltd. Considered a female pioneer in building ETF-based discretionary portfolios for her clients, Mary is an expert columnist on ETFs for industry publications in French and English, and she is regularly quoted in the media. Mary combines her personal passion for karate with her professional experience in her book, The Black Belt Investor.

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