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. ETFs

    GICS Vs. ICB: Systems For Classifying Stocks

    Global Industry Classification Standards and the Industrial Classification Benchmark separate stocks into sectors.
  2. Small Business

    How Bad Investment Advice Can Cost You

    Look out for investment advisors that cost you money with bad advice based upon their own self-interests, lack of knowledge ...
  3. Retirement Living

    Common Post-Retirement Risks To Be Aware of

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your retirement plans and prevent you from outlasting your assets. Understand the retirement ...
  4. Investing Strategy

    10 Simple Steps to Financial Security Before 30

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    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 ...
  6. Mutual Funds

    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.
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    Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  8. ETFs

    S&P 500 ETFs: Market Weight Vs. Equal Weight (RSP, SPY)

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  9. ETFs

    An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how sector ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  10. Asset Allocation

    Understand Your Role In The Investing Process

    Knowing what to expect when managing your assets will help you achieve your financial goals.
  11. FA Profession

    Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
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    In Praise Of Portfolio Simplicity

    Find out how you can streamline your investments for greater returns.
  13. ETFs

    Spread Out Risk With Sector-Based ETFs

    These ETFs take the sector rotation strategy from institutional investors and puts it in your hands.
  14. Managing Wealth

    The Key To High Returns Is A Disciplined Strategy

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

    The Market And Presidential Promises

    How can the presidential election affect your portfolio? Find out here.
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