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BMO Dividend Fund $50.82

BMO DIVIDEND FUND $50.82 (BMO Mutual Funds, 77 King Street West, Suite 4200, Royal Trust Tower, Toronto, Ont., M5K 1J5, 1-800-665-7700; Web site: No load — deal directly with the bank) (CWA Rating: Conservative) currently holds about 57.3% of its portfolio in the Financial services industry. Its next-largest holdings are Energy at 13.3% and Consumer discretionary at 6.5%.

BMO Dividend Fund’s largest holdings are Manulife Financial, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Power Financial, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian National Railway, TransCanada Corporation, Alcan, Imperial Oil, Brookfield Asset Management, Thomson Corporation, BCE Inc. and Sun Life Financial.

Over the last five years, the $5.9 billion BMO Dividend Fund has posted a 15.3% annual rate of return. That’s under the S&P/TSX’s gain of 18.4%. However, the S&P/TSX index held a high 40% or so of its holdings in Resources shares. That’s been one of the best-performing, although riskiest, sectors. The fund gained 15.4% over the last year, compared to a gain of 20.1% for the S&P/TSX index. BMO Dividend’s MER is 1.73%.

BMO Dividend Fund is a buy.

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