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For retirees and near retirees, it can sometimes seem like there’s no such thing as a “safe” investment—especially now. Even bonds and bond funds, typically considered the safest of investments—suffered losses in 2022, as central banks hiked interest rates. Meanwhile, stocks look determined to retreat from the all-time highs they reached in the year following the short-lived initial COVID bear market. 

It’s true short-term bank savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) seem relatively safe from both stock meltdowns and precipitous rises in interest rates, but now there’s the added scourge of rising inflation. Even if you can earn 5% annually on a GIC, if inflation is running at 6%, you’re actually losing 1% a year.

Are ETFs a good investment for an all-weather portfolio? 

It’s tempting to throw your hands up and retreat to those much-praised asset allocation exchange traded funds (ETFs). You can use these types of investments to simulate the classic pension mix of 60% stocks to 40% bonds through Vanguard Canada’s VBAL or similar ETFs from rivals, including iShares’ XBAL and BMO’s ZBAL…

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