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

Good time to buy Canada’s big banks

The shares of Canada’s big five banks have moved down recently, mainly due to fears that a slowing economy and rising interest rates will cut demand for new loans. However, each of the five continue to lower their costs and expand outside of Canada. That… Read More

Profit from rising infrastructure spending

Governments around the world know the benefits that flow from the development of better infrastructure. However, their stretched budgets and a reluctance to increase taxes constrain their ability to initiate these projects. This provides opportunities for private companies to develop and manage these assets.
Here are… Read More

ETFs can offer big cost savings over mutual funds

ETFs have two major advantages over traditional mutual funds.
First, they are easy to trade on stock exchanges, which gives them better liquidity.
Second, and perhaps more important, ETFs provide a low-cost investment option. In many cases, they also have superior performance results compared to mutual funds,… Read More

U.S. gains fuel BMO dividend hike

BANK OF MONTREAL $91 (Toronto symbol BMO; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 639.3 million; Market cap: $58.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.6; Dividend yield: 4.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bmo.com) earned $1.53 billion in the quarter ended October 31, 2018. That’s up 16.8% from… Read More

Q: Pat, could I get your recommendation on the BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF (TSX: ZWC)? Thanks.

A: BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF, $18.36, symbol ZWC on Toronto (Units outstanding: 21.1 million; Market cap: $387.4 million; www.bmo.com/gam/ca/investor/products/etfs), focuses on mostly high-quality Canadian stocks. Its top holdings are BCE at 4.2%; Pembina Pipeline, 4.0%; CIBC, 3.8%; Enbridge, 3.7%; Nutrien, 3.6%; Telus… Read More