Q: Pat, what do you think of me holding the BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF to lower the overall volatility of my portfolio? Thanks.

A: The BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF, $33.51, symbol ZLB on Toronto (Units outstanding: 72.8 million; Market cap: $2.4 billion;
www.etfs.bmo.com), provides exposure to a low beta-weighted portfolio of Canadian stocks. The aim is to reduce your exposure to market volatility.
The ETF selects 40 or… Read More

Q: Pat, the bulk of my investments are in North America. I am looking at Europe and thought that an ETF holding solid blue chips would be best for me. As I also require income, I came across ZWP, which pays a very good dividend and holds high-quality companies. Do you think that this would be a good ETF at this time? Thanks.

A: BMO Europe High Dividend Covered Call ETF, $16.40, symbol ZWP on Toronto (Units outstanding: 63.6 million; Market cap: $1.0 billion; www.bmo.com/gam), invests in a dividend-focused portfolio of European stocks.
The fund started up in March 2018. Its MER is a relatively high 0.71%.
Its top holdings… Read More

Where ETF money is flowing right now

In Canada, stock market ETFs continue to attract new money—almost $20 billion flowed into these products this year through to the end of October. Most of that money went to funds focused on international markets, excluding Canada and the U.S.
Fixed-income ETFs also attracted strong inflows… Read More

Canada’s stock market has great potential

The Canadian economy ranks among the top 10 globally and has performed better than most of its large, developed peers over the past decade. The country is also among the top 15 most-competitive economies in the world; to date, it has fared relatively well at… Read More

Europe offers you a post-COVID-19 recovery

For the past decade or so, the European economy has lagged behind the faster-growing economies of the U.S. and China. The departure of the U.K. from the European Union also raised key questions about its overall stability.
However, the massive monetary and fiscal stimulus provided by… Read More

11 tips for picking TSX blue chip stocks to make profits

11 tips for picking TSX blue chip stocks to make profits

TSX blue chip stocks are key components of successful investor portfolios
TSX blue chip stocks are well-established companies with attractive business prospects on the Toronto Stock Exchange, like Bank of Montreal (TSE: BMO), RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: REI.UN), and Enbridge (TSE: ENB). Well-established firms… Read More

TSX ETF investing: 5 tips for successfully picking the right ones

TSX ETF investing: 5 tips for successfully picking the right ones

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

COVID-19 boosts the appeal of Utilities ETFs

Central banks are keeping interest rates down in order to counter the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Supplement on page 69 offers you more info on how high deficits and low interest rates in the wake of the coronavirus will affect governments going… Read More

These ETFs offer you a range of yield and risk

Here, we continue our look at fixed-income ETFs that provide investors with reasonable income in this low-interest-rate environment. Below, you’ll find funds focused on the Canadian universe of top-quality bonds from federal, provincial and corporate issuers. All of them pay fluctuating monthly distributions, but investors… Read More