Preface to the First Edition.
The Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy Mutual Funds.
Chapter 1: A Hard Look at Mutual Funds.
Fund Companies Have Outperformed the Funds.
What's the Big Deal About a 1% Shortfall?
Bettering Your Odds.
The Discount-Broker Alternative.
What the Funds Aren't Telling You.
You Can Do It, Too.
The Playing Field Is Level.
How Do Financial Advisors Make Money?
Going It Alone.
A Word to the Wise.
Chapter 2: Mutual Fund Performance: Why Funds Don't Beat the Market.
How Fees Reduce Returns.
How Cash Reduces Returns.
Why Funds Can't Keep Up.
Why Fund Fees Are So High.
Are Changes Coming?.
Chapter 3: How the Funds Have Really Done.
Canadian Equity Mutual Fund Performance.
Fund Family Performance.
Other Canadian Equity Funds.
Low MER Funds.
Other Types of Funds .
U.S. Equity Funds.
International Equity Funds.
Chapter 4: Why Stocks and Bonds are Better Than Mutual Funds.
The Herd Mentality.
Do Your Investments Match Your Ethics?
What Are You Learning About Business From Mutual Funds?
Or Show Up in Person.
Chapter 5: Self-Directed RRSPs and Non-RRSP Discount Broker Accounts.
The Can-Con Rules.
It's Your Choice.
The Falling Cost of Self-Directed Accounts.
Buying Stocks Through Discount Brokers.
Chapter 6: The Breakdown: What Percent Stocks, What Percent Bonds?
What Is a Stock? What Is a Bond?
Stock and Bond Yields.
Finding Your Breakdown.
RRSP Strategy: What's In, What's Out.
Chapter 7: Buy and Hold: The Smartest Approach.
Don't Time the Market.
Dividend Reinvestment Plans.
Why Buy-And-Hold Funds Don't Work.
A Time to Sell.
Chapter 8: Index Stocks & Funds: Mutual Funds Without the Fees.
How Index Stocks Work.
i60s and the Nortel Effect.
Other Canadian Index Stocks.
U.S. Index Stocks.
U.S. Mutual Funds vs. the Index.
International Index Stocks.
Thoughts on Indexing.
Chapter 9: Diversification: Minimizing Risk in Your Portfolio.
What Is Diversification?
Diversification With Individual Stocks.
Diversified Portfolio Strategies.
Chapter 10: The TSE 300: Your Guide to a Diversified Canadian Stock Portfolio.
Why Buy Individual Stocks?.
Your Picks Are As Good As Any Pro's.
Getting to Know the TSE 300.
Words to Pick Stocks By.
Chapter 11: Putting It All Together: Diversifying Here and Abroad.
Going Global: Buying Foreign Stocks.
Building a Diversified Canadian Bond Portfolio.
Chapter 12: The Gambler.
The "Market Timer".
Buying "On Margin".
Junior Mining Stocks.
Options and Futures.
Chapter 13: Keeping It Straight: Taxes, Record-Keeping, and Special Situations.
Tax and Accounting Tips and Strategies.
What Else Should You Check?
Chapter 14: Sample Portfolios and Final Thoughts.
Toronto Stock Exchange 300 Composite Index.