International stocks seem inexpensive

The U.S. equity markets and the U.S. dollar have been star performers for the past decade. However, there are signs that their dominance may be ending.
The U.S. economy makes up about 25% of the global economy, while its equity markets represent 56% of the global… Read More

Holding cash can hurt your returns

Cash can be a useful asset in a balanced portfolio, although the very low-interest rates of the last decade greatly diminished the attractiveness of that strategy. Nevertheless, many investors will hold a portion of their portfolios in cash to cover emergency expenses or to take… Read More

These ETFs help cut your commodity risk

Commodities can help diversify portfolios, but are cyclical and come with high levels of price volatility.
However, well-diversified ETFs that offer exposure to commodity producers can help investors overcome the problems associated with direct investments in physical commodities or funds that track a single commodity.
Below, we… Read More

ETFs can offer big cost savings over mutual funds

ETFs have two major advantages over traditional mutual funds.
First, they are easy to trade on stock exchanges, which gives them better liquidity.
Second, and perhaps more important, ETFs provide a low-cost investment option. In many cases, they also have superior performance results compared to mutual funds,… Read More

Hedge your bets in the technology industry

The technology industry can be extremely profitable—for those companies that get it right. However, the industry is dynamic and highly competitive, leaving a graveyard full of failed startups and once successful companies that were overtaken by competitors. Investors in this segment need to be extremely… Read More

Outlook is bright for big exporter Germany

Germany faces a number of challenges—its population is getting older and its workforce will start to shrink from 2020 onwards. In addition, its largest export markets, including the U.S. and the U.K., are less and less willing to run large trade deficits with Germany. However,… Read More

Global recovery ushers in new opportunities

Most Canadian investors focus on stocks traded in this country and the U.S. That “home country bias” reflects their preference for familiar company names, but also the regulatory protections of Canadian and U.S. stock markets. However, we continue to recommend foreign holdings of as much… Read More