Q: May I ask your opinion on ZWB (BMO Covered Call Canadian Banks) and HYGH (iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF)? In addition, does “covered call” offer any appreciable advantage over straight bank stocks or bank ETFs? And does the hedging of HYGH add risk or unpredictability versus the “straight” HYG? Thank you.

A: The BMO Covered Call Canadian Banks ETF, $18.62, symbol ZWB on Toronto (Units outstanding: 68.1 million; Market cap: $1.3 billion; www.bmo.com/gam), holds shares of Canada’s six largest banks (CIBC, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank and National Bank) either… Read More

Fintech Stock Picks: What Investors Need to Know Before Buying

Fintech Stock Picks: What Investors Need to Know Before Buying

A fintech stock typically offers financial services, or services to the financial industry, with a focus on using technology to gain efficiencies. Here’s how to spot the best ones.
A financial technology or “fintech” stock typically offers financial services, or services to the financial industry, with… Read More

Conservative Investing as an Investment Strategy

Conservative Investing as an Investment Strategy

A conservative investing approach means building a well-balanced portfolio gradually, over time
Conservative investing is an investment strategy that involves a focus on lower-risk, predictable and stable businesses. This strategy typically involves the purchase of blue-chip stocks and other low-risk investments. A conservative investing approach also… Read More

Diversify with these non-bank financials

Most investors typically hold two, three or more of the big five Canadian banks. That makes sense given their steady profit growth and rising dividends. They also give investors exposure to a wide variety of financial services, including mutual funds, retirement planning and insurance.
Even so,… Read More