Q: Pat: Could I have your recommendation on Harvest Healthcare ETF (HHL): Even with share prices down because of the market, this dividend of about 9% seems too good to be true. Is this ETF a good choice for income?

A: Harvest Healthcare Leaders Income ETF, $7.74, symbol HHL on Toronto, (Units outstanding: 131.6 million; Market cap: $1.0 billion; www.harvestportfolios.com), holds a portfolio of 20 large-cap global healthcare companies. The fund’s manager selected them based on their perceived potential to provide attractive monthly income and… Read More

A Yield to Caution

CANOE EIT INCOME FUND $13 (Toronto symbol EIT.UN; Units o/s: 153.9 million; Market cap: $2.0 billion; Divd. yield: 9.2%; www.canoefinancial.com) is a closed-end fund that invests in a portfolio of dividend paying stocks. Canadian stocks account for 51.2% of its holdings, followed by the U.S. at 40.2%.
Canoe… Read More

Not all high yield ETFs are created equal

High yields, especially in what is still a relatively low interest-rate environment, have lots of appeal for many income investors. But ETF investors should look beyond the historical distribution yield for any danger signs.
The managers of ETFs use various strategies to generate high yields for… Read More

We see one of these new ETFs as a buy

This month we highlight both a copper exchange traded fund from Horizons and a high-income ETF from Harvest Portfolio Group.
HORIZONS COPPER PRODUCERS INDEX ETF $20.20 (Toronto symbol COPP) aims to track the Solactive North American Listed Copper Producers Index. This index invests in copper mining firms that are… Read More

Focus on high yields that are sustainable

High-yielding ETFs have appeal for income-seeking investors. The income they provide can also provide a buffer in declining markets. However, you need to look closely at the strategies that let those ETFs pay their high yields—and whether they are worth the risks.
Below we look at… Read More

A yield to caution

FINANCIAL 15 SPLIT CORP. $9.38 (Toronto symbol FTN; Shares o/s: 28.3 million; Market cap: $265.5 million; Dividend yield: 16.3%; www.quadravest.com) holds shares of 15 big Canadian and U.S. financial companies, including Bank of Nova Scotia, TD Bank, Manulife, Sun Life, CI Financial, and Citigroup.
Financial 15 yields a.. Read More