Topic: How To Invest

RBC mutual funds: RBC Canadian Equity Fund

RBC CANADIAN EQUITY FUND $19.69 (CWA Rating: Conservative) (RBC Mutual Funds, P.O. Box 7500, Station A, Toronto, Ontario. M5W 1P9. 1-800-463-3863; Web site: No load — deal directly with the bank) invests mostly in larger-capitalization stocks, but also looks for opportunities in small- and mid-cap stocks.

The fund’s 10 largest holdings are Royal Bank, Manulife, EnCana, TD Bank, Potash Corp., Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, Research in Motion and BCE Inc. The $4.2-billion fund holds 41.3% of its holdings in resource stocks. It also holds 30.7% in finance.

Over the last ten years, RBC Canadian Equity posted a 9.5% annual rate of return. That’s just under the S&P/TSX’s gain of 9.7%. The fund lost 14.9% over the last year, compared to the loss of 14.4% for the S&P/TSX. The fund’s MER is 1.96%.

RBC Canadian Equity Fund is a buy.

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