ETFs

What are ETFs?

ETF is an acronym for exchange traded fund. These exchange traded funds are used to track indexes as closely as possible, since investors cannot actually buy an index outright.

Exchange traded funds trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Investors can buy them on margin, or sell them short. The best exchange-traded funds offer well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios with exceptionally low management ETF fees. They are also very liquid.

Investors use ETFs in a variety of ways, and some investors work only with ETFs and no other type of investment in portfolio creation.

An amazing aspect of ETFs is their diversity. Some investors may create an entire portfolio solely from a few well-diversified ETFs.

ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. That’s different from mutual funds, which you can only buy at the end of the day at a price that reflects the fund’s value at the close of trading.

Prices of ETFs are quoted in newspaper stock tables and online. You pay brokerage commissions to buy and sell them, but their low management fees give them a cost advantage over most mutual funds.

As well, shares are only added or removed when the underlying index changes. As a result of this low turnover, you won’t incur the regular capital gains taxes generated by the yearly distributions most conventional mutual funds pay out to unitholders.

ETFs have a place in every investor’s portfolio, at TSI Network we also recommend using our three-part Successful Investor strategy:

  1. Invest mainly in well-established companies;
  2. Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
  3. Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.

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ETF Stocks: Precious metal ETFs to hold

In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S. an ounce, and silver reached a peak of $48.58.

Gold prices then fell steadily, dropping to $1,050 an ounce in December 2015 for the first time since early 2010. That month, silver also declined to… Read More

Two Canadian ETFs hold most of Canada’s best stocks

Two Canadian ETFs hold most of Canada’s best stocks

Today, we look at two Canadian ETFs that hold many of the Canadian stocks we recommend for 2017. iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF and iShares Canada Select Dividend Index ETF respectively mirror subindexes holding the 60 most-heavily trades stocks and 30 of the highest-yielding dividend… Read More

Follow this successful ETF strategy for maximum returns

Follow this successful ETF strategy for maximum returns

Having a sound ETF strategy will help you target the best ETFs—and maximize your gains
Unlike many mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds don’t load you up with heavy management fees, nor do they tie you down with heavy redemption charges if you decide to get out… Read More

Two ETFs are a ticket to strong overseas investing

Two ETFs are a ticket to strong overseas investing

We think conservative investors can hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is by choosing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus.
The best ETFs continue to offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality… Read More

Should you use a robo-advisory in your ETF investing?

Should you use a robo-advisory in your ETF investing?

A robo-advisory may be better than a bad broker, but there are still downfalls
A robo-advisory involves automated, Internet-based advice and portfolio management services.
A robo-advisory may offer beginning investors a more efficient, lower-cost investment approach, compared to what’s now open to them. Unfortunately, robo-advisors are likely… Read More

How to pick the best Canadian index funds

How to pick the best Canadian index funds

Canadian index mutual funds were among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades, but in 2017, ETFs may well have eclipsed them.
Canadian index mutual funds are specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index,… Read More

Two ETFs surge with the rise in emerging markets

Two ETFs surge with the rise in emerging markets

We think conservative investors can hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is by choosing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus.
The best ETFs continue to offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality… Read More

Discover the best Canadian ETFs with these 5 tips

Discover the best Canadian ETFs with these 5 tips

The best Canadian ETFs can be a really good addition to your portfolio—if you choose carefully
With the best Canadian ETFs you won’t incur the regular capital gains taxes generated by the yearly distributions most conventional mutual funds pay out to unitholders.

Canadian exchange traded funds are… Read More

ETFs give access to U.S. blue chips

ETFs give access to U.S. blue chips

These ETFs, like mutual funds, track major stock market indexes, but their low management fees set them apart.
These ETFs hold mostly blue-chip stocks that are widely traded on U.S. exchanges. Each ETF mirrors, or tracks, the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different… Read More

Buy these bond ETFs for stable income

Buy these bond ETFs for stable income

These two bond ETFs offer exposure to quality holdings with low-fees, but they’re best left to investors who need stable income and really want to hold bonds.
The Bank of Canada will likely hold interest rates steady for all of 2017. That’s because low prices for… Read More

The best ETF to buy have these key characteristics

The best ETF to buy have these key characteristics

5 ways to know you’re picking the best ETF to buy
One way to profit from rising markets is to buy exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track major stock indexes. ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Prices are quoted in newspaper stock tables and… Read More

5 great tips for ETF investing

5 great tips for ETF investing

You will have better opportunities for success with ETF investing when you follow our tips

In 1990, ETF investing was introduced in Canada. The fund was called Toronto Index Participation Shares, and started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The shares, which… Read More

These top ETFs offer gold and silver exposure

These top ETFs offer gold and silver exposure

These funds provide access to leading miners without the costs of directly holding gold and silver as investments. 
In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S. an ounce, and silver reached a peak of $48.58.
Gold prices then fell steadily, dropping to $1,050 an… Read More

How to choose the best investments for children

How to choose the best investments for children

Traditionally, there have been several options for parents and grandparents looking to make investments for children. But here’s how to choose the best investments for children in 2017?
Taking the time to pick the right investments for children and grandchildren is a worthwhile endeavour. If the child is under… Read More