When to buy an ETF for maximum return

When to buy an ETF for maximum return

To determine when to buy an ETF, some investors use technical analysis and other tools. But you need to dig deeper.

Investors often wonder: what is a good entry point when purchasing a stock or an ETF?

The first question before asking when to buy… Read More

International ETFs offer rewards—but risk to match

International ETFs offer rewards—but risk to match

Successful investing in international ETFs has a lot to do with understanding the economies of the countries you invest in.

We think conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks (outside of the U.S.). One way to do that… Read More

When an ETF investment is the right choice

An ETF investment can be a great low-fee way to hold shares in multiple companies with a single investment

Is an exchange traded fund investment right for your portfolio? An ETF investment is one of the most popular and most benign investing… Read More

Understanding Canadian mutual fund fees

Mutual fund fees can seriously eat into your long-term profits, but are an unavoidable part of mutual fund investing
Mutual fund fees are unavoidable for mutual fund investors. Mutual fund buyers pay a yearly fee or Management Expense Ratio (MER) of perhaps 2.5%, or… Read More

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of October 14, 2015

This week’s first question helps illustrate a common practice in today’s investment business, particularly in ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds).

ETFs are a little like conventional mutual funds, but with two key differences.

First, ETFs trade on a stock exchange throughout the day, much like ordinary… Read More

Dear Pat: Please could you give me your opinion of the new Forensic Accounting ETF as a better way to invest in the S&P 500? It would seem sensible to select only the better performers from any index that you want to invest in. Thank you.

Forensic Accounting ETF, $30.34, symbol FLAG on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 250,000; Market cap: $7.6 million; www.flagetf.com), is a recently launched exchange traded fund that uses its own “five step” approach to rank each company in the S&P 500 index. The ETF’s MER is 0.85%.

The Forensic… Read More

Hi, I own shares of Claymore BRIC ETF (CBQ) and iShares CDN MSCI EAFE 100% Hedged to CAD Dollars Index Fund (XIN) for international diversification. Are these a hold or would I be better only holding your best buys?

Claymore Investments, Inc., is the wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Chicago-based Claymore Group Inc. The Canadian branch now offers five exchange-traded funds (ETFs) trading on the Toronto exchange.

All of the funds aim to combine what Claymore sees as the advantages of passive investment in an… Read More