Canadian ETFs (exchange traded funds) are set up to mirror the performance of a stock market index or sub-index. They hold a more or less fixed selection of securities that represent the holdings that go into the calculation of the index or sub-index.
ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. That’s different from mutual funds, which you can only buy at the end of the day at a price that reflects the fund’s value at the close of trading.
Prices of Canadian ETFs are quoted in newspaper stock tables and online. You pay brokerage commissions to buy and sell them, but their low management fees give them a long-term cost advantage over most mutual funds.
As well, shares are only added or removed when the underlying index changes. As a result of this low turnover, you won’t incur the regular capital gains taxes generated by the yearly distributions most conventional mutual funds pay out to unitholders.
Some leading Canadian ETFs include the iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF (Toronto symbol XIU; ca.ishares.com). This ETF is a good low-fee way to buy the top stocks on the TSX. The units are made up of stocks that represent the S&P/TSX 60 Index, which consists of the 60 largest, most heavily traded stocks on the exchange. Expenses are just 0.17% of assets, and it yields 2.7%.
A second is the iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF (Toronto symbol XDV; ca.ishares.com). This ETF holds 30 of the highest-yielding Canadian stocks. Its selections are based on dividend growth, yield and payout ratio. The weight of any one stock is limited to 10% of the ETF’s assets. The fund’s MER is 0.55%, and it yields 4.9%.
Whatever you invest in, we think you should follow TSI Network and use our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Today, we look at two Canadian ETFs that hold many of the Canadian stocks we recommend for 2021. iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF and iShares Canada Select Dividend Index ETF mirror, respectively, sub-indexes holding the 60 most-heavily trades stocks and 30 of the highest-yielding dividend stocks… Read More
Exchange-traded funds are well suited to index-tracking investment strategies. And compared to mutual funds, they generally offer investors much lower fees and higher liquidity.
It is therefore not surprising that the total amount of assets held in index ETFs globally are rapidly catching up with… Read More
The best dividend ETFs can lead to high yields and add stability to your portfolio
The best dividend ETFs will practice “passive” fund management, in contrast to the “active” management that conventional mutual funds or some new ETFs provide at much higher costs.
Canadian ETF assets under management totalled $211.4 billion by the end of May, 19% more than 12 months earlier. So far this year, stock market ETFs have attracted $12.7 billion followed by fixed-income funds. They attracted $4.0 billion in inflows.
Despite the economic uncertainty associated with… Read More
Do you want the best Canadian dividend ETF investments to be part of your portfolio? We can teach you how to find them
We still think investors will profit most—and with the least risk—by buying shares of well-established, dividend-paying stocks with strong business prospects. A Canadian… Read More
Exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have taken the investment world by storm.
In Canada, ETF assets under management have grown by 150% over the past five years, from $77 billion to $192 billion. At the same time, the number of ETFs has doubled. Robust growth was also evident… Read More
ETFs remain popular investment vehicles for investors. In the U.S., total net inflows into ETFs amounted to $197 billion (for the year to the end of September). This was about the same as 2018, which saw record inflows. Canadian ETFs attracted net new money of… Read More
Consider these criteria to make the top picks when you choose investments from a Canadian ETF list
In 1990, Toronto Index Participation Shares began trading on the Toronto exchange (then called the TSE). The fund, which tracked the TSE 35 blue chip index and later the… Read More
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