The Only 4 Ways to Invest & Their Pros and Cons

The Only 4 Ways to Invest - John Kalos (o)

Today we’re going to cover the 4 ways that you can invest. Now why is this important? Well first, the benefit you gain from knowing this will differ depending on whether you’re an investor just getting started, or someone that’s already been investing for a while. If you’re a new investor, then it’s critical to know the pros and cons of the options available to you, so that you can make the best decision that’s right for you. In other words, you really want to look at the menu before deciding, as your decision can mean the difference between retiring early, and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees over your lifetime. If you’re a seasoned investor, then it’s still good to know what the options are as maybe the option that you selected when you first started investing is no longer the best option for you. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you definitely want to understand the pros and cons of each option so that you can evaluate which one is a better fit based on the level of service you want, how much time you want to spend keeping your portfolio optimized, and how passive you actually want your investing to be.

My expert guest today is John Kalos who is a fee for service financial planner, which means he isn’t one of those advisors that are really just there to sell you investments so they can earn their bonus or commission. He actually doesn’t get compensated to sell any investment products so his advice is totally unbiased and he is instead focused exclusively on providing quality financial planning to Canadians. John has been in this industry for over 25 years, and his lack of bias and general concern for the financial well-being of Canadians has made him one of the few financial planners that I actually trust and go to whenever I want an unbiased 2nd opinion or some analysis done on my investments and financial plan. If you do have some questions for John or if you’d like to discuss potentially having him take a look at your financial situation, just like he did with my family, then you can sign up for a free consultation with him by going to It’s totally free, and there’s no obligation or anything like that.

Links and Resources Covered

  • Receive a 1-year free digital subscription to Canadian MoneySaver Magazine by signing up for a free high-interest chequing account from EQ Bank here. Once you signup, forward me any of the emails they send you to and I’ll send you a coupon code for a free annual subscription to the magazine.
  • Have John answer your questions 1 on 1 by booking a free 30 minutes consultation here:
  • The Vanguard funds that we discussed on this episode can be found here.
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Receive 1 Year Free to Canadian MoneySaver Magazine

Before we begin, I also have a special bonus for you where for free, you can receive a 1-year free digital subscription to Canadian MoneySaver Magazine (Canada’s largest personal finance and investing magazine). The magazine features Canada’s top experts on personal finance and investing, and is a great place to learn best practices, and stay up to date on changes that will impact your investments and financial situation for years to come, specifically here in Canada. To get that, all you have to do is open up a free savings account with my favourite bank (and the bank that I personally use, EQ bank). The reason that I personally use EQ bank, is that they have one of the highest interest savings rates in Canada. In fact, in all the years that I’ve been with them, I haven’t been able to find a higher interest rate anywhere. Plus it’s free to sign up and keep an account with them, so you’re not paying a monthly fee as you do with many of the other banks out there, and you get unlimited free Interac e-transfers every month as a bonus. Because of those reasons, I’ve been with them ever since they launched in Canada years ago, and it’s where I keep my entire emergency fund and spending money. And just to put things in perspective, at the time of this recording, their Savings Plus Account automatically gives you 2.30% interest while the online banks in Canada are offering a maximum of 1.25% and if you’re still banking with one of the larger banks, then you’re getting less than 1%. In other words, by using the bank that I use, you’re going to almost double the interest you get from your chequing and savings accounts, for free, and this is why I’ve been using and recommending them for years to anybody that’s asked, and even before they became a sponsor on the show. Now even if you love your current bank just for regular day-to-day use, why wouldn’t you at least keep your emergency fund and any extra cash that you’re not investing in your savings account over at EQ? That way you’re at least earning over double the interest on your chequing and savings accounts compared to your current bank. And that’s actually what I did when I first started with them years ago, and since then, I’ve actually transitioned to them now being our primary bank. To get the free account and a 1 year free subscription to Canadian MoneySaver magazine, just go to, open the free account, and once you’re done, forward any email that you get from EQ to and I’ll send you a coupon code that gets you a free one year subscription to the magazine. Enjoy, and thanks for supporting the show! Kornel

In Closing

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