Pat: What is your view on buying the Canadian Vector Equity Fund? I believe it’s tilted towards value stocks and small cap stocks. Its MER is higher than an ETF, but maybe the value and small-company approach over long periods of time will add value. What are your thoughts on going with this mutual fund or a small-cap ETF such as the iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF?

A: On a broad level, funds that specialize in small-cap stocks are always more volatile. However, some small caps do offer above-average potential—like those we recommend in Stock Pickers Digest.
Incidentally, we think it’s a mistake to generalize about small cap stocks. Some small caps are… 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

Profit from China’s future

GUGGENHEIM CHINA SMALL CAP ETF $25.26 (New York Exchange symbol HAO; buy or sell through brokers; www.guggenheimfunds.com) aims to track the AlphaShares China Small Cap Index. It’s made up of the 335 Chinese stocks that foreign investors are allowed to hold and that have market… Read More

Buy these bond ETFs for stable income

The Bank of Canada will likely hold interest rates steady for all of 2017. That’s because low prices for oil should continue to offset government stimulus spending as well as stronger exports due to the weak Canadian dollar. The federal government’s tighter mortgage rules should… 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