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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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

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

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

More and more, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are finding their way into the portfolios of investors.
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… Read More

How to Build a Balanced ETF Portfolio for Maximum Gains

How to Build a Balanced ETF Portfolio for Maximum Gains

To create a balanced ETF portfolio, focus on funds that hold the kind of stocks we recommend
The best exchange-traded funds offer well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios with exceptionally low management fees.

ETFs, with their relatively low management fees (MERs), have in large part eclipsed interest in mutual funds… Read More

The Best ETF Selection Strategies For Long-Term Portfolio Gains

The Best ETF Selection Strategies For Long-Term Portfolio Gains

The best ETF selection strategies will focus on well-diversified funds holding top-quality stocks
In general, we like ETFs better than mutual funds. Their MERs (Management Expense Ratios) are typically much lower than those of mutual funds. That’s because most ETFs take a simpler approach to investing… 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 2018.
Taking the time to pick the right investments for children and grandchildren is a worthwhile endeavour. If the child is under… Read More

Blue chip ETFs focus on Canada

Blue chip ETFs focus on Canada

These two blue chip ETFs hold mostly large-capitalization, widely traded stocks on the Canadian exchange. Both mirror, or track, the performance of major stock market indexes as opposed to narrower ones focused on resources or themes, such as solar power or biotech.

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Two of these three Canadian ETFs are buys

Two of these three Canadian ETFs are buys

Here are three ETFs that mostly hold high-quality stocks widely traded on Canadian exchanges. Each fund mirrors the performance of a major stock index or sub-index.  That’s different from ETFs focused on narrower indexes or themes such as biotechnology or solar power.

While you do pay… Read More