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. Investing

    Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  2. Retirement Living

    Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  3. Investing Strategy

    10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  4. ETFs

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

    Both S&P 500 and S&P 500 EWI indexes include the same set of stocks, but different weighting strategies give them ...
  5. ETFs

    An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how sector ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  6. Small Business

    The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

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

    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 ...
  8. Asset Allocation

    Understand Your Role In The Investing Process

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

    Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  10. Mutual Funds

    In Praise Of Portfolio Simplicity

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

    Spread Out Risk With Sector-Based ETFs

    These ETFs take the sector rotation strategy from institutional investors and puts it in your hands.
  12. 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.
  13. Financial Analysis

    The Market And Presidential Promises

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

    10 Ways ETFs Can Grow Your Portfolio

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

    Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

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