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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How to find the best dividend ETF

How to find the best dividend ETF

The best dividend ETFs can lead to high yields and add stability to your portfolio
The best dividend ETFs will practice “passive” fund management, in contrast to the “active” management that conventional mutual funds or some new ETFs provide at much higher costs.

As a result of… Read More

Two ETFs may be the best choices in bonds

Two ETFs may be the best choices in bonds

The Bank of Canada cut its benchmark interest rate in March to 0.25% from 1.75%. The move was meant to spur the economy after COVID-19 hit. Whether the bank holds that rate steady, or cuts it even further, depends on the country’s economic growth and… Read More

ETF Stocks: Precious metal ETFs to hold

ETF Stocks: Precious metal ETFs to hold

Precious metal ETFs have largely centered on gold stocks. We continue to see the outlook for that precious metal as positive, and for aggressive investors who want to hold precious metal ETFs, including a silver ETF, we have two of them below.

Most precious-metal stocks dropped,… Read More

Get exposure to the world’s most promising markets

Get exposure to the world’s most promising markets

One of the world’s largest investment management companies offers low-fee exchange-traded funds that Canadians can buy today.

These two funds offer access to a diversified group of large-cap U.S. firms and the best of emerging markets.

VANGUARD GROWTH ETF, $214.84, is a buy. The ETF (New… Read More

TSX ETF investing: 5 tips for successfully picking the right ones

TSX ETF investing: 5 tips for successfully picking the right ones

With all the TSX ETF investments available, it’s not too difficult to diversify your portfolio. Here’s how.
There are hundreds of ETF opportunities on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sponsored by investment managers like BlackRock Inc., BMO Asset Management and Horizons ETFs Management. The best TSX… 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 funds 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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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 invest in stock 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

Corporate-Class Mutual Funds: What to Know Before Investing

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
Corporate class, or “tax-advantaged,” mutual funds are classes of funds that let you switch… Read More

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

The best Canadian funds are ETFs or specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index
Canadian funds, specifically, index funds, are among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades.

The best Canadian funds do show better long-run… Read More