Ken Hawkins

Ken Hawkins is the founder of Ohow Investor Consultants,, a private investment office set up to help investors manage their portfolios by providing custom-made investment solutions to meet each client's unique requirements. Hawkins has considerable knowledge in many facets of investment management, gained through more than 25 years of experience in many roles within the investment industry, including portfolio management, investment consulting, quantitative research and investment strategy.

Hawkins has worked as a portfolio manager for one of the largest pension plans in Canada, and managed an equity portfolio using quantitative strategies. As a quantitative analyst/strategist with a leading investment dealer, his primary investment research interests were in long-term market cycles, tactical asset allocation and sector rotation strategies. He has also worked as an investment advisor providing investment and financial advice to individual families and clients.

Hawkins has an interest in writing about and applying the investment principles and strategies used by professional managers to individual investors' investment needs and objectives.

Hawkins is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Manitoba.

Hawkins is also co-author of "The New Rules for Retirement - What Your Financial Advisor Isn't Telling You" (2008). He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  1. Personal Finance

    The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  2. Active Trading Fundamentals

    The Art Of Cutting Your Losses

    Taking corrective action before your losses worsen is always a good strategy. Find out how to keep your capital losses small and let your winners run.
  3. Personal Finance

    Understand Your Role In The Investing Process

    Knowing what to expect when managing your assets will help you achieve your financial goals.
  4. Options & Futures

    Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  5. Investing Basics

    In Praise Of Portfolio Simplicity

    Find out how you can streamline your investments for greater returns.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Spread Out Risk With Sector-Based ETFs

    These ETFs take the sector rotation strategy from institutional investors and puts it in your hands.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how these specialized ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    S&P 500 ETFs: Market Weight Vs. Equal Weight

    Both indexes include the same stocks, but their weightings give them very different properties.
  9. Fundamental Analysis

    The Key To High Returns Is A Disciplined Strategy

    Learn about different investment strategies and how to pick the right one for you.
  10. Fundamental Analysis

    The Market And Presidential Promises

    How can the presidential election affect your portfolio? Find out here.
  11. Options & Futures

    Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  12. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    10 Ways ETFs Can Grow Your Portfolio

    Implement the core/satellite approach used by money managers for better returns and lower risk.
  13. Taxes

    Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  14. Personal Finance

    Mutual Funds: Brand Names Vs. House Brands

    Find out whether an in-house fund will serve you better than a major company's fund offerings.
  15. Options & Futures

    Strategies For Withdrawing Retirement Income

    You've accumulated the wealth you need to retire, but how will you distribute it? We'll lay out some options.
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