Q: COVID-19 seems to be benefitting Internet-based firms ready to capitalize on any sharp rise in demand because of our social distancing efforts. Pat, can I get an opinion on The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund ETF? How does it compare to the broader Nasdaq-focused Invesco QQQ ETF?

A: The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund ETF, $145.22, symbol FDN on New York (Units outstanding: 56.1 million; Market cap: $8.1 billion; www.ftportfolios.com) aims to track the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index.

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Two Canadian ETFs hold most of Canada’s best stocks

Two Canadian ETFs hold most of Canada’s best stocks

Today, we look at two Canadian ETFs that hold many of the Canadian stocks we recommend for 2020. 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

Vietnam will pay off for you

VANECK VECTORS VIETNAM ETF, $10.33, is a buy for aggressive investors. The emerging market ETF (New York symbol VNM) lets you tap Vietnamese companies and foreign firms that get a significant share of their revenue from the Southeast Asian nation.
Your top holdings through the ETF are Vingroup (conglomerate), 8.4%;… Read More

Hold Canada’s top REITs

ISHARES S&P/TSX REIT INDEX ETF, $13.33, is a hold. The ETF (Toronto symbol XRE; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com) lets you tap all 19 Canadian real estate investment trusts in the S&P/TSX REIT Index.
Investors pay a reasonable MER of 0.61%, and the REIT fund gives you a.. Read More

You get stable income with these bond ETFs

Spurred by the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the Bank of Canada has now cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.25% from 1.25%. Whether it continues to hold that rate steady, or cut it further, depends on the country’s economic growth and unemployment… Read More