PWL Capital, Toronto Edition Portfolios, Canadian Super Powers

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What are the PWL Capital portfolios?

PWL Capital, Toronto Edition Portfolios are exposed to between 20% to 80% stocks and, 20% to 80% bonds. They come in both Canadian and US variants. They can be built with just 4 ETFs. The portfolios range from low to high-risk portfolios.

For the past 10 years, PWL Capital Toronto (US) 80% stocks has returned 9.72 with a standard deviation of 13.83.

The dividend yield is 1.96. The 30-year return is 9.21%.

Year to date PWL Capital Toronto (US) 80% Stocks has returned has returned 13.66%%. Last year it returned 15.81%.

How do you build PWL Capital portfolios with ETFs?

Here is how you build one of the PWL Capital investment portfolios

  • 54% Total US Stock Market (VTI)
  • 19% International Developed (VEA)
  • 7% Emerging Market (VWO)
  • 20% Total Bond Market (BND)

You can find many more portfolios further below in the post.

Right out of the gate, you’ll notice that the portfolio does not contain any Canadian stocks.

What is the historical returns of PWL Capital’s, Toronto Edition Portfolios?

Here is the historical return for PWL Capital’s, Toronto Edition Portfolios.

Data was last updated on September 1, 2021 at 04:09 a.m. ET

NameAsset class countYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Risk levelExpense ratio
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 100% Stocks417.22%12.448.38.8730.05%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 90% Stocks615.19%11.977.928.830.06%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 80% Stocks513.25%11.617.68.7430.06%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 70% Stocks511.22%11.37.288.6220.06%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 60% Stocks59.19%10.826.858.4420.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 50% Stocks57.25%10.466.498.2910.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 40% Stocks55.22%10.156.128.0710.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 30% Stocks53.12%9.735.627.8810.08%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 20% Stocks51.17%9.375.217.6410.08%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 100% Stocks317.22%17.7911.029.6530.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 90% Stocks415.40%16.7510.339.4230.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 80% Stocks413.66%15.819.729.2130.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 70% Stocks411.84%14.769.018.9120.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 60% Stocks410.02%13.728.298.5720.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 50% Stocks48.28%12.787.638.2610.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 40% Stocks46.46%11.736.887.8510.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 30% Stocks44.56%10.746.097.4910.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 20% Stocks42.82%9.815.397.0810.04%

PWL Capital’s portfolios do contain allocations to Canadian stocks. They overweight Canadian stocks quite a bit.

That’s a general trend that we have noticed with Canadian wealth managers and Canadian investing experts. They overweight quite massively Canadian stocks. This makes me conclude that Canadians have a considerable home country bias. But who can blame them? Canada is beautiful!

Canada also sports one of our favorite companies in the world, Brookfield Asset Management.

For the portfolios to be useful to the rest of the world and the US, in particular, we have made US counterpart portfolios from PWL Capital’s Canada heavy portfolios.

It means that we have swapped Canadian stock allocations to US stocks and we have swapped Canadian bonds with US bonds,

In the performance section further below in this post, you can see the US stock portfolios and the Canadian stock portfolio side by side. This is an added benefit.

How do PWL Capital portfolios compare to the best portfolios?

Below you can see the returns of the best portfolios that we have benchmarked.

NameSee PortfolioYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Draw Down
Premium Portfolio21.59%18.2913.8410.77-37.63%
Premium Portfolio12.73%18.118.6311.14-44.87%
Premium Portfolio18.42%19.712.8410.49-32.77%
Premium Portfolio23.29%3.198.5210.59-36.46%
Premium Portfolio22.84%3.668.6210.48-36.35%
Premium Portfolio20.56%21.0313.7810.83-37.00%
Premium Portfolio23.03%8.711.5610.65-35.26%
Premium Portfolio19.10%7.488.3910.64-37.91%
Premium Portfolio22.72%5.3610.8811.23-35.43%
Premium Portfolio25.26%3.4210.2110.47-40.85%

Who is PWL Capital?

PWL Capital was founded in 1996. It is a wealth management and financial planning firm. In 2020 they have four offices in Canada shared among their six teams.

We have known about PWL Capital for quite some time as they tend to spread their knowledge around. They have a podcast, and many of their employees do solo educational things on the side that has to do with financial planning or investing. See the resource section below to catch some links.

In that regard, they share a commonality with Ritholz Wealth management. Many of the employees at Ritzholz also do things on the side, be it blog authors, book authors, etc.

We like that approach as you can’t fake real interest and passion, so I don’t see the side hustles as marketing even though it serves that purpose. Wouldn’t you want to work with someone who loves what they do rather than somebody who just considers working with you their job?

you can’t really fake real interest and passion

I also like their no-nonsense attitude. Right there on their front page, it states:

Integrated Financial Planning and Asset Management.
No fads. No guesswork. No drama.

We’re sold!

Description of PWL Capital, Toronto Edition Portfolios

PWL Capital has a lot of investment portfolios. Each team at PWL Capital has its own set of investment portfolios. I’m not entirely sure of the organizational structure of PWL Capital, but this makes sense for PWL Capital.

There is one thing that all of the PWL Capital Portfolios share, and that is simplicity.

They rarely use exotic asset classes. Instead, they are asset class light and favor broad asset classes.

The portfolios that are displayed below are from the Toronto office and are meant for a taxable account. They also have portfolios for retirement accounts.

What is the asset allocation for PWL Capital’s, Toronto Edition portfolios?

Here is the asset allocation for the PWL Capital US portfolios and the Candian portfolios.

NameTotal US MarketInternational DevelopedEmerging MarketsTotal US Bond MarketTotal Canadian StocksTotal Canadian Bonds
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 100% Stocks34.00%24.00%9.00%33.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 90% Stocks30.00%22.00%8.00%30.00%10.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 80% Stocks27.00%19.00%7.00%27.00%20.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 70% Stocks24.00%17.00%6.00%23.00%30.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 60% Stocks20.00%15.00%5.00%20.00%40.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 50% Stocks17.00%12.00%4.00%17.00%50.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 40% Stocks14.00%10.00%3.00%13.00%60.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 30% Stocks10.00%7.00%3.00%10.00%70.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 20% Stocks7.00%4.00%2.00%7.00%80.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 100% StocksPremiumPremiumPremium
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 90% Stocks60.00%22.00%8.00%10.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 80% Stocks54.00%19.00%7.00%20.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 70% Stocks47.00%17.00%6.00%30.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 60% Stocks40.00%15.00%5.00%40.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 50% Stocks34.00%12.00%4.00%50.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 40% Stocks27.00%10.00%3.00%60.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 30% Stocks20.00%7.00%3.00%70.00%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 20% Stocks14.00%4.00%2.00%80.00%

Resources for PWL Capital, Toronto Edition Portfolios

PWL Capital’s YouTube channel act as a hub for all the videos the employees put out.

Here is a great interview that Benjamin Felix and Cameron Passmore did with Barry Ritholtz from Ritholz Wealth management. We’re big fans of Barry Ritholtz.

Benjamin Felix and Cameron Passmore from PWL Capital hosts the Rational Reminder podcast. It is excellent, and they have some interesting guests.

PWL Capital has a research section on their site where they try to make sense of the investing world.

Canada Couch Potato is made by Dan Bortolotti, portfolio manager at PWL Capital.

Canadian Portfolio Manager is a site made by Justin Bender of PWL Capital.

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