ETFs

What are ETFs?

ETF is an acronym for exchange traded fund. These exchange traded funds are used to track indexes as closely as possible, since investors cannot actually buy an index outright.

Exchange traded funds trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Investors can buy them on margin, or sell them short. The best exchange-traded funds offer well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios with exceptionally low management ETF fees. They are also very liquid.

Investors use ETFs in a variety of ways, and some investors work only with ETFs and no other type of investment in portfolio creation.

An amazing aspect of ETFs is their diversity. Some investors may create an entire portfolio solely from a few well-diversified ETFs.

ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. That’s different from mutual funds, which you can only buy at the end of the day at a price that reflects the fund’s value at the close of trading.

Prices of ETFs are quoted in newspaper stock tables and online. You pay brokerage commissions to buy and sell them, but their low management fees give them a cost advantage over most mutual funds.

As well, shares are only added or removed when the underlying index changes. As a result of this low turnover, you won’t incur the regular capital gains taxes generated by the yearly distributions most conventional mutual funds pay out to unitholders.

ETFs have a place in every investor’s portfolio, at TSI Network we also recommend using our three-part Successful Investor strategy:

  1. Invest mainly in well-established companies;
  2. Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
  3. Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.

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Corporate-Class Mutual Funds: What to Know Before Investing

Corporate-class mutual funds let you switch between funds without having to pay capital gains taxes right away. But there are reasons why regular mutual funds, as well as ETFs, make better investments
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Two of these Asian ETFs are buys right now

Two of these Asian ETFs are buys right now

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The best of those funds offer low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of… Read More

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point, especially for a smaller portfolio that’s just starting up. But watch out—there are both good and bad ETFs
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How to Start Investing in ETFs: Here are some key tips

How to Start Investing in ETFs: Here are some key tips

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Two of these three Canadian ETFs are buys

Two of these three Canadian ETFs are buys

Each of these three ETFs hold mostly high-quality stocks traded on Canadian exchanges. Each fund mirrors the performance of a major stock index or sub-index.  That sets them apart from ETFs that focus on narrower indexes or themes such as social media or solar power.

Although… Read More

Diversify now with these two promising international ETFs

Diversify now with these two promising international ETFs

If you already have U.S. stocks—and we suggest Canadian investors have 20% or more in their portfolios—you can also diversify beyond North America without the risk of buying individual stocks. Foreign-sector ETFs give you broad exposure to international markets with tax-efficient portfolios and low management… Read More