How to choose the best investments for children

How to choose the best investments for children

Traditionally, there have been several options for parents and grandparents looking to make investments for children. But here’s how to choose the best investments for children in 2019.
Taking the time to pick the right investments for children and grandchildren is a worthwhile endeavour. If the child is under… Read More

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, $24.28, symbol XDV on Toronto (Units outstanding: 57.1 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion; www.blackrock.com/ca), holds 30… Read More

Q: Back in 2017, you recommended avoiding the KBLT (Cobalt 27) IPO and it turned out to be sage advice. The shares have now dropped considerably. Though there is still the risk that a new battery technology could upset the demand for cobalt, how do you view Cobalt 27 as an investment now?

A: Cobalt 27 Capital Corp., $3.94, symbol KBLT on the Toronto Venture Exchange (Shares outstanding: 85.3 million; Market cap: $331.9 million; www.cobalt27.com), holds what is believed to be the world’s largest private stockpile of physical cobalt at over 2,900 tonnes. The company also owns a.. Read More

Buying U.S. Stocks in Canada Provides International Exposure

Buying U.S. Stocks in Canada Provides International Exposure

Investors buying U.S. stocks in Canada can get international exposure—especially when looking at the Consumer sector for investments
For decades, we’ve advised Canadian investors to spread their holdings out geographically between Canadian and U.S. stocks. Our view is that virtually all Canadian investors should have, say,… Read More

Only one of these two Asian ETFs is a buy right now

Only one of these two Asian ETFs is a buy right now

We believe conservative investors can have as much as 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. Purchasing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus is an effective way to do so.

The best of these funds offer low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality… Read More