Those who follow Loonie Doctor regularly will note that I disappeared from my usual weekly posting in early December. I have had a bit of a blogging set-back due to breaking my left hand while sparring at karate. Apparently,
I did ask for an upgrade to three retractable adamantium blades, but
As described in detail in my recent guest post on Crispy Doc I have a hard time sitting still. So, I have not been idle. A broken had can still hold cards and build hotels on Boardwalk and I have enjoyed time trouncing my family and friends at various games. Further, I have had use of my left thumb that has allowed me to hit <shift> and <ctrl> while building Excel spreadsheets. I finally made progress on some major projects that I will roll out on the blog over the coming months.
One of the common barriers that docs who want to DIY invest face in starting out their portfolio
How do you build your overall portfolio to take best advantage of those accounts while maintaining your overall asset allocation?
Unfortunately, that question and the complexities can cause people to do nothing out of paralysis. Alternately, many just throw up their hands and buy asset allocation ETFs. That accepts the tax efficiency loss in exchange for simplicity. Not a bad trade-off for most people, but it will add up over long periods and particularly when at the drawdown stage. Tax efficiency is also a big deal for those who will butt up against the new passive income tax limits dues to a high income or high savings rate.
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a tool where you could just enter how much you want to invest in each account type, your desired asset mix, and then it tells you how much of each ETF to buy in each account in a tax-efficient forward-looking way? Now, there is.
A Tool To Tackle Some Common Questions
It took me well over 100 hours to build and test
Much of the time was spent testing the performance of the algorithms over up to 35-year time frames with automatic Robo-Rebalancing. That required building a tool that does annual personal and corporate tax calculations plus annual portfolio projections. Times thirty-five!
I am also going to use that tool to explore a number of common conundrums in detail:
- Salary and RRSP vs Dividends Only For A Corp.
- Should I increase my salary to get more RRSP room?
- If I sell my mutual funds and buy low-cost ETFs instead, how long will it take me to make up for the tax hit? I am going to make an online interactive tool for this one.
- Tax-efficiently investing vs simply using an asset-allocation ETF – does it actually matter much?
Keep on checking in
Even though I haven’t posted in a month, daily traffic to the blog has been picking up nicely. Most of that is via Google searches. So, I just want to say thanks to those that have been sharing Loonie Doctor with their friends and colleagues.
My mission truly is to try and help fellow Canadian high-income professionals improve their financial health. That will ultimately result in more fulfilling careers. For physicians, dentists, or other healthcare professionals – a healthy and happy provider also makes for better patient care. They are all inter-related.
For all physicians, putting our personal financial houses in order and learning to manage our businesses is vital. Empowered by knowledge, some of us may choose to DIY invest and save a bundle. For others who want to outsource, choosing the right advisor that has a pay model that favors us is important. All high-income professionals need to choose the right accountant.
Very few advisors and accountants co-ordinate our investments with our tax planning. So, it is still essential that we learn how our corporate and personal investment accounts work to build a cohesive strategy and bridge the gap between the financial professionals that we enlist. Educated patients get the best care. Physicians as financial clients are no different.
I remain committed to developing high-quality (and hopefully not dead-boring) material to help our community of Canadian high-income professionals in these regards. Thanks for your patience with my recent slow-down and keep on checking-in as I ramp it back up.