Q: Pat, when balancing economic sectors in my portfolio, where do I assign these two ETFs that you recommend as buys: XDV and SPY? Thank you.

A: Both of these ETFs hold stocks in most or all of the five main economic sectors: Finance, Utilities, Resources, Consumer and Manufacturing.

The iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF, $29.59, symbol XDV on Toronto (Units outstanding: 58.4 million; Market cap: $1.7 billion; www.blackrock.com/ca), holds 30… Read More

Get a 5.5% yield from BCE Inc.

Get a 5.5% yield from BCE Inc.

Canada’s telecom regulator recently reversed a prior decision to cut the rates that large telecoms charge smaller Internet service providers to access their high-speed networks. That decision will give the company more cash to build out its networks and set the stage for its future… Read More

Q: Pat, what are your top picks for natural gas producers, and do you have a current recommendation on Tourmaline Oil?

A: Tourmaline Oil Corp., $44.05, symbol TOU on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 326.1 million; Market cap: $14.3 billion; www.tourmalineoil.com), is a Canadian oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production company. Its properties are concentrated in central Alberta and northeast B.C.

In the three months ended June… Read More