Topic: How To Invest

BMO Equity Fund $24.41

BMO EQUITY FUND $24.41 (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) generally invests mostly in ‘blue-chip” Canadian companies. These stocks are selected based on the manager’s outlook for the industry they operate in, the earnings record of each company, the strength of management and the potential for growth.

BMO Equity Fund’s 10 largest holdings are Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, EnCana Corporation, Potash Corp., Manulife Financial, CIBC and Research in Motion.

The $1.8 billion fund currently holds 40.5% of its portfolio in the Resources sector. Its next-largest holding is Financial services at 26.1%.

Over the last 10 years, BMO Equity posted a 9.8% annual rate of return. That’s slightly better than the S&P/TSX’s return of 9.7%. The fund lost 12.5% over the past year, compared to a loss of 14.4% for the S&P/TSX. BMO Equity’s MER is 2.30%.

BMO Equity Fund is a buy.

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