Canadian Couch Potato

The Canadian Couch Potato Podcast is a spin-off series from the Canadian Couch Potato blog, hosted by veteran journalist, author and investment advisor Dan Bortolotti. For the last eight years, Dan Bortolotti has written about index investing on his blog ( where he offers straight-up, practical advice for Canadians who want to learn more about investing using index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Each episode of will feature an interview with a guest expert who will chat about a specific investing topic, takeaway messages from the discussion, a segment called “Bad Investment Advice,” where Dan pokes fun at a specific bit of unhelpful commentary in the financial media, and an Ask the Spud segment where, with the help of Dan’s PWL colleague Amanda Dalziel, he answers investing questions from listeners and blog readers.
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Dec 13, 2017

Robo-advisors are changing the investment landscape in Canada. To learn more about this trend, Dan speaks with Prof. Pauline Shum-Nolan of York University about the future of online ETF portfolio management. Then we answer a listener’s question about whether you should borrow to invest. For complete show notes on Here Come the Robots, visit

Nov 10, 2017

Dan and Prof. Robert Shiller (one of whom has won a Nobel Prize) talk about efficient markets, forecasting stock returns, and the Canadian housing market. Then Dan challenges a new book that promises to save investors from major drawdowns, and answers a listener’s question about currency risk. For complete show notes on Robert Shiller: CAPE Crusader, visit

Oct 6, 2017
Dan talks to Mike Foy of JD Power about the research firm’s recent survey of DIY investors who use online brokerages. He then challenges a magazine article that claims index funds might be an economic evil. Finally, Dan and Amanda comfort an investor who took too much risk and paid the price. For complete show notes on Fighting Evil with Index Funds, visit
Aug 2, 2017

Dan is joined by David Thomas, former editor-in-chief of MoneySense, to discuss how the magazine has evolved into a digital brand. Then Dan considers whether Canadians need international diversification in their portfolios, and whether it makes sense for a couple in their 70s to fire their advisor and go it alone. For complete show notes visit

Jun 14, 2017

Dan chats with Tom Bradley of Steadyhand Investment Funds about how the ‘active vs. passive’ debate often misses the key point: that both active investors and Couch Potatoes need to focus on the same things: low cost, broad diversification and discipline. Then, Dan answers a reader question about how to make the most of employer-sponsored RRSPs.

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May 17, 2017

Tim Nash, the Sustainable Economist, joins Dan to discuss socially responsible investing and whether it’s compatible with indexing. Then Dan consoles the hedge fund manager who lost his million-dollar bet with Warren Buffett. Finally, Dan and Amanda consider whether you should build a new ETF portfolio gradually or all at once. For complete show notes, visit

Apr 19, 2017

Dan answers frequently asked questions about bonds, including how they are affected by changing interest rates, how to calculate their returns, and whether you still need them in your portfolio. For complete show notes, visit

Mar 8, 2017

Dan speaks to researcher Christopher Davis of Morningstar Canada about the idea of “active share” and whether it has delivered on its promise. Then he considers whether it’s OK to pay more for mutual funds that have performed well in the past. Finally, he offers advice for those worried about investing a lump sum when markets are at all-time highs. For complete show notes, visit

Feb 8, 2017

Globetrotting author Andrew Hallam joins Dan to talk about the new edition of his bestselling book, Millionaire Teacher. Dan considers whether indexing investing has become too popular, and answers a reader’s question about how a portfolio should evolve as you move toward retirement. For complete show notes, visit


Jan 24, 2017

Dan interviews Charles Ellis—an indexing titan and the author of the landmark Winning the Loser’s Game—about his long and distinguished career, as well as his new book, The Index Revolution. He also shares his advice for investors who are getting started with ETFs in taxable accounts. For complete show notes, visit

Jan 11, 2017

Lars Kroijer, author and former hedge fund manager, explains why most investors have little or no hope of beating the market over the long term. Dan challenges advisors who promise unrealistic returns without explaining their numbers. Then Dan and Amanda discuss whether millennials should build all-equity portfolios. For complete show notes, visit