Currency hedging comes at a cost

Currency hedging comes at a cost

Recent gains by the Canadian dollar have a number of investors looking at hedged ETFs. But the extra costs limit their appeal. 
If you want to buy U.S. stocks and hedge against currency movements, you could buy a hedged ETF.
Hedged ETFs are ETFs sold in Canada… Read More

What are ETFs? A guide to investing in exchange traded funds

What are ETFs? A guide to investing in exchange traded funds

Continue reading to find out answers to these questions: What are ETFs? Are ETFs good investments? Should I make ETFs part of my diversified portfolio?
Have you ever wondered, “what are ETFs?” and how can they impact my investment returns?
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are set up… Read More

These bond funds offer top-quality holdings

These bond funds offer top-quality holdings

For investors who need stable income and want to hold bonds, these two bond funds offer exposure to quality holdings with low-fees.
The Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates any time soon. That’s because low prices for oil should continue to offset government… Read More

2 low-fee ways to access U.S. funds

2 low-fee ways to access U.S. funds

These two ETFs offer the same kind of access to U.S. and international companies as U.S. registered mutual funds—but without the high fees.
Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Group is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. In all, it administers almost $3 trillion U.S. across 175… Read More

Q: Pat: My portfolio is 90% Canadian equities (all dividend payers, mainly finance and utilities). At my age (67) all advice seems to say I should be at least 70% in fixed income. I have been considering the following ETFs and would appreciate your take on them: the iShares 1-5 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF; and the BMO Discount Bond Index ETF.

A: The iShares 1-5 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF, $18.98, symbol CBO on Toronto (Units outstanding: 106.9 million; Market cap: $2.0 billion; www.blackrock.com/ca), invests in a portfolio of short-term and medium-term corporate bonds. They’re drawn from the FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) TMX Canada… Read More

Hold off on buying these two China ETFs

Hold off on buying these two China ETFs

These two ETFs offer low-fee exposure to China’s top companies, but economic uncertainty in the near-term may challenge their growth.
Chinese stocks have rebounded around 33% from their February 2016 lows. But they are still well below their mid-2015 highs.
While the economy grew 6.7% in the… Read More

Here are the top ETFs for precious metals

Here are the top ETFs for precious metals

These two ETFs offer low-fee exposure to the world’s top gold and silver mining stocks.

In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S. an ounce, and silver reached a peak of $48.48.

Gold prices then fell steadily, dropping to $1,050 an ounce in December… Read More