These 2 ETFs focus on precious metals

These 2 ETFs focus on precious metals

Generally, we recommend that you focus your gold investing on mining stocks and avoid buying gold bullion, gold coins. These are two ETFs that offer top-quality global miners and low MERs.

In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S…. Read More

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may have a place in your portfolio. That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of them. Instead, they give… Read More

ISHARES S&P/TSX GLOBAL GOLD INDEX FUND $13.31

ISHARES S&P/TSX GLOBAL GOLD INDEX FUND $13.31 (Toronto symbol XGD; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com) aims to mirror the performance of the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index, which is made up of 35 gold stocks from Canada and around the world. The ETF began trading… Read More

GLOBAL X SILVER MINERS ETF $32.963

GLOBAL X SILVER MINERS ETF $32.963 (New York symbol SIL; buy or sell through brokers; www.globalxfunds.com) tracks the Solactive Global Silver Miners Index. That index includes 21 international firms that mine, refine or explore for silver. It was developed by Germany-based Structured Solutions AG.

Canadian… Read More

GLOBAL X COPPER MINERS ETF $15.44

GLOBAL X COPPER MINERS ETF $15.44 (New York symbol COPX; buy or sell through brokers; www.globalxfunds.com) tracks the Solactive Global Copper Miners Index, which includes 20 to 40 international companies that mine, refine or explore for copper. Germany-based Structured Solutions AG created this index.

Canadian… Read More

ISHARES CANADIAN SELECT DIVIDEND INDEX ETF $21.88

ISHARES CANADIAN SELECT DIVIDEND INDEX ETF $21.88 (Toronto symbol XDV; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com) holds 30 of the highestyield Canadian stocks. Its selections are based on dividend growth, yield and payout ratio. The weight of any one stock is limited to 10% of… Read More

SPDR S&P 500 ETF $205.01

SPDR S&P 500 ETF $205.01 (New York symbol SPY; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index, which consists of 500 major U.S. companies chosen based on their market cap, liquidity and industry group.

The index’s highest-weighted stocks are… Read More

SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF $176.32

SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF $176.32 (New York symbol DIA; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

This ETF’s top holdings are Goldman Sachs, IBM, Home Depot, Travelers Cos., Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth,… Read More

POWERSHARES QQQ ETF $105.05

POWERSHARES QQQ ETF $105.05 (Nasdaq symbol QQQ; buy or sell through brokers; www. invescopowershares.com), formerly called Nasdaq 100 Trust Shares, holds stocks representing the Nasdaq 100 Index. That consists of the 100 largest shares on the Nasdaq exchange by market cap.

The Nasdaq 100 Index… Read More

Hold these two precious-metal ETFs

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 in December 2015 for the first time since early 2010. That month, silver also declined to a.. Read More