Courses for Investors
If you’re going to do your own investing, be prepared to work hard and dedicate a lot of time to it, because there are no shortcuts to investing success. Instead of buying software that promises to make you money, invest in your skills and knowledge and develop a plan to manage risk and achieve your investing goals.
Online trading is a relatively new phenomenon. If you’re like most people, you only got “online” in a meaningful way in the mid 1990’s. The internet boom may have brought us the tech crash of 2000, but it left a legacy – the internet had come of age and the era of ecommerce was here to stay. This had implications for investing too – some good, some bad. Commission charges and brokerage fees have plummeted due to increased competition, but after the 2000-2002 recession, and again after 2008, millions of ordinary people with little knowledge of financial markets decided to foray into doing their own investing.

To be fair, the investment industry has failed many Canadians, and often the mantra “no one cares about my money as much as I do” drives them to do their own investing out of fear, desperation, and sometimes, greed. Doing your own investing isn’t a bad idea. However, doing your own investing without the right knowledge and planning is a bad idea. There are certainly a number of considerations for your own safety.

Say you’re a doctor, an accountant, or a lawyer. You went to school for years, and spent many more years working extremely hard to gain experience. Only then were you allowed to practice your profession. Similarly, being a successful investor requires a lot of skill and experience. However, to open a discount brokerage account and invest every penny you’ve ever made requires just a few mouse clicks.

This is why we created the Independent Investor Institute. Designed to bridge the gap between full-service advice and do-it-yourself investing, we equip investors with the knowledge, skills, and processes to stack the odds in their favour.

Visit The Independent investor institute and let us teach you everything
we know about successful investing and risk management.
Learn to Invest  |  Learn to Trade
If you would like to become a more confident investor or improve your trading skills, visit the Independent Investor Institute for courses designed and taught by Larry Berman and his  investment team

Become a Client

Doing your own investing is a choice, but time is the one thing money can’t buy. If you find doing your own investing is taking away from other things you’d rather be doing, like spending time with family, travel, golf or other hobbies; or if the stress and anxiety of following markets is becoming too onerous – consider becoming an ETFCM Private Client.

If you fired your broker or mutual fund advisor, but don’t know what makes a portfolio manager different, take a look at us. We’re reinventing the financial services industry, and you might be surprised by how different our approach is from what you may have experienced in  the past.

Self-directed clients like our fully transparent approach, including online account access to follow how their money is being managed. They also like our active approach that adapts their portfolio to rapidly changing market conditions, as well as changes in their financial situation.

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