Q: Hello, Pat. I always look forward to your reports. Thanks. What is your take on the new Vanguard Asset Allocation ETFs—VCNS, VBAL, VGRO? Each is a collection of several different ETFs, some of those ETFs holding stocks and some holding bonds. Are the fees more? Thank you.

A: The Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio, $24.70, symbol VCNS on Toronto, holds roughly 40% of its assets in Vanguard stock ETFs and 60% in bond ETFs. This $27 million ETF started up on January 25, 2018, and has a 0.22% MER.

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Q: Pat: Can I have your recommendation on these two mutual funds: Fidelity Income Allocation Fund and the Manulife Yield Opportunities Fund? Thanks.

A: We have moved away from recommending mutual funds in favour of lower-fee exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
However, some mutual funds are okay to hold if you own them.
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