Q: Hello Pat and team. I heard some people recommending these funds: Trimark Europlus Fund, Capital Group Global Equity Fund, Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund and the Invesco Global Real Estate Fund. I know you don’t necessarily recommend mutual funds over stocks. But, please, may I have the benefit of your thinking on these ones, in particular? Thanks!

A: We think that mutual funds are okay to hold if you own them, but we have moved away from recommending mutual funds in favour of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). They charge much lower fees. We feel that most fund investors should shift into ETFs wherever… Read More

Know your ETFs …

The U.S. is the world’s largest ETF market, with a wide range of funds—from those focused on domestic or global equities to those focused on bonds, commodities or, even, hedge fund strategies. Canadians investing in U.S.-listed ETFs must keep several factors in mind:

• In the… Read More

How We Assess an ETF’s Risk

To help you decide if certain ETFs are suitable for your portfolio and investment temperament, we classify them into three easy-to-understand categories: Conservative, Aggressive and Income. To determine how an ETF fits into one of those three classifications, we examine a number of factors. They… Read More

New ETFs for the Canadian market

ETFs are flooding the market and Canadians are increasingly spoiled for choice. Here’s four new, or upcoming, launches. We’re not entirely convinced of their investment merits, but we are impressed by the diversity and creativity.

WISDOMTREE EMERGING MARKETS DIVIDEND INDEX ETF $27 (Toronto symbol EMV.B; Market… Read More

Strong cash flow buoys their dividends

BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P. $39.91 (Toronto symbol BEP.UN; Units outstanding: 296.3 million; Market cap: $11.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 5.9%; www.brookfieldrenewable.com) has interest in 207 hydroelectric generating stations, 37 wind farms and five natural gas-fired plants. In all, it has over 10,663… Read More

Sasol Ltd. (ADR) – New York symbol SSL

SASOL LTD. (ADR) $27.17 (New York symbol SSL; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (082-883-9697; www.sasol.com; ADRs o/s: 651.4 million; Market cap: $18.9 billion; Dividend yield: 2.8%) has developed a technology to convert coal and natural gas into motor fuels.

Sasol is South Africa’s third-largest coal producer… Read More