Active management is when a fund manager picks stocks, rather than aiming to match benchmark indexes. To do this, they use research, forecasts, experience and critical judgement to make investing decisions aimed at outperforming the investment benchmarks.
In contrast, there is passive management. Passive management is also known as indexing. There is more work associated with active management than there is with passive management.
ETFs are highly efficient mutual funds with low fees because investors don’t pay for active management. Instead, ETFs aim to mimic the performance of a market index, by holding the same securities in the same proportions used to calculate the market index.
ETFs practice passive fund management, instead of actively managing clients’ investments like conventional mutual funds provide (but with much higher fees). Traditional ETFs stick with this passive management—they follow the lead of the sponsor of the index. Sponsors of stock indexes do from time to time change the stocks that make up the index, but generally only when the market weighting of stocks change. They don’t attempt to pick and choose which stocks they think have the best prospects.
ETFs are like highly efficient mutual funds. Fees are low because investors don’t pay for active management.
Today, we look at two Canadian ETFs that hold many of the Canadian stocks we recommend for 2021. iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF and iShares Canada Select Dividend Index ETF mirror, respectively, sub-indexes holding the 60 most-heavily trades stocks and 30 of the highest-yielding dividend stocks… Read More
The best Canadian funds are ETFs or 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 performance… Read More
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
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
Take into account various options when you consider dividend vs index investing: Not all index investments are equal, and dividends are a true sign of investment quality.
Let’s start with the advantages of Canadian index funds
One big advantage of index funds when weighing dividend vs index investing… Read More
To determine when to buy an ETF, some investors use technical analysis and other tools. But you need to dig deeper.
Investors often wonder: what is a good entry point when purchasing a stock or an ETF?
The first question before asking when to buy an ETF… Read More
This month we look at three new ETFs. The first is an actively managed ETF that invests in “frontier” technology companies; they’re selected by a manager with roots in venture capital. The next two funds are ETFs where their managers use a “black box” to… Read More
ETFs can be a good place to start your investing career, especially for a smaller portfolio, or for a RESP for your child. But watch out—there are both good and bad ETFs.
We still feel that investors will profit the most with a well-balanced portfolio of… Read More
Investing in Dollarama stock is appropriate for aggressive investors with a lot of money to spend on this investment
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