Q: Pat, I have been looking for an ETF that would pay dividends and allow me to invest in the best companies throughout the world. Could you please give me your comments on the iShares Core MSCI Global Quality Dividend Index ETF.

A: The iShares Core MSCI Global Quality Dividend Index ETF, $21.10, symbol XDG on Toronto (Units outstanding: 850,000; Market cap: $17.9 million; www.blackrock.com/ca), aims to track the MSCI World High Dividend Yield Index.

This index holds global stocks with above-average dividend yields and steady or increasing… Read More

Retail banking and insurance growth sustain this 3.9% yield

Retail banking and insurance growth sustain this 3.9% yield

This leading Canadian bank’s higher earnings are due to banking and insurance gains.

The dividend yield is now a high 3.9%, reflecting a 4.1% dividend hike in May.


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