It pays to be cautious with alternative ETFs

Direct investment in private equity, hedge funds and so on was once just for institutional and high-net-worth individuals. However, alternative assets are now also available through a limited number of ETFs. While they focus on high-risk investments, many aim to use strategies to cut some… Read More

Neither of these ETFs holds special appeal

Here we take a closer look at two relatively new North American ETFs. This month’s selections include a quantitative, low-volatility Canadian equity ETF and a global pet-products ETF.
FRANKLIN LIBERTY RISK MANAGED CANADIAN EQUITY ETF $21.04 (Toronto symbol FLRM; Market cap: $12.7 million) aims to invest in Canadian equities… Read More

Four dividend ETFs—four strategies

Rising interest rates mean dividend-paying stocks and fixed-income instruments must increasingly compete for investor interest. However, sustainable dividends still offer an attractive and growing income stream for investors (see supplement on page 50).
Here are four ETFs that provide exposure to Canadian, U.S. and international dividend… Read More

Keep it simple when investing in ETFs

These two ETFs scored well at the annual Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards. That reflects their performance over the last three years, along with their scores in other key areas.

However, we continue to recommend investors limit their ETF selection to funds that track established… Read More

New ETFs for the Canadian market

Here are three new ETF launches. Each uses “quanitative modelling.” That may make their investment approach sound scientific; however, in our view, it will likely detract from their long-term returns. Many ETFs that use a socalled “black box” to pick stocks find the approach works… Read More

Pass on this ETF

HORIZONS ACTIVE A.I. GLOBAL EQUITY ETF $25 (Toronto symbol MIND; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Aggressive; Market cap: $5.0 million) invests in major global equity indexes primarily available through North American-listed ETFs.

However, the fund’s portfolio manager is, in fact, a computer. It picks indexes through a process… Read More