Three international ETFs a good route to diversification

Three international ETFs a good route to diversification

If you already hold U.S. stocks—and we recommend that Canadian investors have 10% to 20% in their portfolios—you can also diversify beyond North America without the risk of buying individual stocks. Foreign-sector ETFs give you broad exposure to international markets with tax-efficient portfolios and low… Read More

How to Buy International Stocks to enhance and diversify your portfolio

How to Buy International Stocks to enhance and diversify your portfolio

For Canadian investors wondering how to buy international stocks, ADRs and international ETFs may be a safer option than picking individual overseas stocks
We believe most investors could benefit from holding some foreign and international investments in their portfolios for added diversification. And growing markets like… Read More

Corporate-Class Mutual Funds: What to Know Before Investing

Corporate-Class Mutual Funds: What to Know Before Investing

Corporate-class mutual funds let you switch between funds without having to pay capital gains taxes right away. But there are reasons why regular mutual funds, as well as ETFs, make better investments
Corporate class, or “tax-advantaged,” mutual funds are classes of funds that let you switch… Read More

Two of these Asian ETFs are buys right now

Two of these Asian ETFs are buys right now

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

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

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point

How to Get into Investing: ETFs can be a good starting point, especially for a smaller portfolio that’s just starting up. But watch out—there are both good and bad ETFs
We still feel that investors will profit the most with a well-balanced portfolio of high-quality individual… Read More

Q: Pat, what’s your advice on STEP Energy Services? It seems to have business on both sides of the border, which I would have thought would help it in the current oil and gas market.

A: STEP Energy Services, $2.68, symbol STEP on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 66.5 million; Market cap: $184.9 million; www.stepenergyservices.com), is an oilfield service company, founded in 2011, that provides coiled tubing (very long metal pipe spooled on a large reel), and other products and services for… Read More