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Patrick McKeough is one of Canada’s top safe-money advisors. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Hulbert Financial Digest have all recognized his ability to find stocks with hidden value. He is editor and publisher of The Successful Investor, Stock Pickers Digest, Wall Street Stock Forecaster and Canadian Wealth Advisor; inventor of the Quick Profit/Value System and the ValuVesting System™. A best-selling Canadian author, he wrote Riding the Bull, the book that predicted the 1990s stock-market boom.


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ISHARES FTSE/XINHUA CHINA 25 INDEX FUND $37.54 (New York symbol FXI; buy or sell through brokers) is an exchange traded fund that aims to track the FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index, which is made up of the 25 largest and most liquid Chinese stocks. All of the stocks in the index trade on the Hong Kong exchange. Some also trade as …read more »

Most precious metals stocks dropped when gold fell to $1,200 U.S. an ounce and silver declined to $18.50 U.S. an ounce in June 2013. Both metals have rebounded somewhat lately, with gold now at $1,371 and silver at $22.92.

Here are two low-fee exchange traded funds that offer global gold and silver miners.

ISHARES S&P/TSX GLOBAL GOLD INDEX FUND (Toronto symbol …read more »

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ISHARES S&P INDIA NIFTY 50 INDEX FUND $19.09 (Nasdaq symbol INDY; buy or sell through brokers; us.ishares.com) is an ETF that aims to track the S&P CNX Nifty Index, which represents the 50 largest, most liquid Indian securities. The stocks held by most emerging market ETFs have weakened this year, but the iShares S&P India Fund has been hit especially …read more »

Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Group is one of the world’s largest investment-management companies. The group administers over $2 trillion U.S. in 170 mutual funds. Vanguard, which went into business in 1975, offers low-fee index mutual funds. Generally speaking, Canadians can’t buy units of mutual funds that are registered in the U.S., because they aren’t registered with provincial securities commissions. For that matter,read more »

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are set up to mirror the performance of a stock-market index or subindex. They hold a more-or-less fixed selection of securities that represent the holdings that go into the calculation of the index or sub-index. ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. In contrast, you can only buy conventional mutual funds at the end of the …read more »

Emerging markets have been down lately but the long-term outlook remains sound. A good way to profit from that outlook with less risk is through low-fee exchange traded funds (ETFs). Here are two we follow regularly.

ISHARES FTSE/XINHUA CHINA 25 INDEX FUND (New York symbol FXI; us.ishares.com buy or sell through brokers) is an ETF that aims to track the …read more »

We think conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is to buy carefully chosen exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have an overseas focus. The best ETFs offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality stocks. Here are two international ETFs that we follow regularly.

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ISHARES AUSTRALIA INDEX FUND $23.84 (New York symbol EWA; buy or sell through brokers) is an ETF that holds the 70 largest Australian stocks. Its MER is 0.50%. The fund’s top holdings include BHP Billiton, 10.8%; Commonwealth Bank of Australia, 10.6%; Westpac Banking Corp., 8.9%; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, 7.5%; National Australia Bank, 6.8%; Woolworths, 4.0%; Wesfarmers, 3.9%; …read more »

Most U.S. markets have risen lately, while Canada’s resource-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange has lagged. But as always, both remain subject to unexpected downturns.

One way to profit from rising markets is to add exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track major stock indexes to your portfolio. ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Prices are quoted in newspaper stock tables …read more »

Chinese stocks are down 12% since the start of this year. The markets have been reflecting investor worries that the country’s economic growth will continue to lag along with its exports to Europe and the U.S. China’s inflation rate is also rising, which could make it more difficult to spur growth through stimulus spending or lower interest rates. Still, the …read more »

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