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How many times do you think we’re asked that question? Any guesses? Want to bet on it? (Just kidding; we’re not the gambling type!)

Let’s just say we’ve heard it more than a few times. But before we say “of course it’s not!” in our best banker voice, let’s talk about why this idea gets tossed around in the first place.

What is gambling, anyway?

Gambling, in essence, is all about chance. With some games, like Blackjack, the odds of winning are nearly even between a player and a dealer. In others, like roulette, the odds might be very much stacked against the player, but there’s a reward-to-risk payoff that could mean a hefty return (or a hefty loss, of course) for the player.

Some of that sounds a bit like investing, right? Risk. Reward. Return. But does that mean investing is the same as gambling?

Investing style makes the difference

It really depends on how you invest.

Some approaches blur the line. Your friend invests in the latest fad making headlines, or your cousin’s best friend “knows a guy” who shared a hot stock tip – both might be considered gambling-like if an investment idea hasn’t been well researched.

At RBC InvestEase, we don’t leave investing to chance.

By asking a few simple online questions upfront, we’ll build you a portfolio1 of low-cost exchange-traded funds (ETFs) designed to help you achieve your investment goals without taking on more risk than you’re comfortable with. We’ve also got an automatic rebalancing system that lets our investment professionals know when it’s time to buy or sell investments to keep our clients’ portfolios on track. Best of all, those investment professionals are real, live people who are ready to provide clients with support and advice as needed.

Why would you ever play games with your investments? At RBC InvestEase, you don’t have to leave things to chance.

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RBC InvestEase Inc. provides online discretionary investment management services. Other products and services may be offered by one or more separate corporate entities that are affiliated to RBC InvestEase Inc., including without limitation: Royal Bank of Canada, RBC Direct Investing Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal Trust Company. RBC InvestEase Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada and uses the business name RBC InvestEase. In addition, the RBC iShares ETFs in which RBC InvestEase Inc. clients invest are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited have entered into a strategic alliance to bring together their respective ETF products under the RBC iShares ETF brand, and to offer a unified distribution support and service model for RBC iShares ETFs.
 
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All portfolios have been developed by RBC InvestEase Inc. ("RBC InvestEase") in conjunction with RBC Global Asset Management Inc., an affiliate of RBC InvestEase. The portfolios include RBC iShares ETFs, which are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited have entered into a strategic alliance to bring together their respective ETF products under the RBC iShares ETF brand, and to offer a unified distribution support and service model for RBC iShares ETFs. As such, the RBC iShares ETFs are related or connected issuers of RBC InvestEase.