Most ETFs fell in October

The month of October saw declines in most asset classes, especially during the last trading week. That came after very strong gains for most assets starting in April.
Representing the broad global, U.S. and Canadian markets, the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) lost 2.0%… Read More

Here are good and bad ways to cut risk

Diversification is a key way to reduce portfolio risk and volatility, but there are other strategies aimed at cutting portfolio risk and volatility. Those other methods include moving investments into risky assets at regular intervals and buying stocks gradually over time. And then there’s market… Read More

Stocks pulled back in September

The month of September saw declines in equity markets after significant gains over the previous six months. At the broad market level, the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) lost 4.0% month over month, the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), 4.5%, and the iShares MSCI Canada Equity ETF (EWC), 5.3%. Emerging markets also struggled,… Read More

Precious metals lead the way

The month of July saw strong returns for investors in precious-metals ETFs. The iShares Silver ETF (SLV) gained 27.9%, the VanEck Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was up 13.5%, and the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) rose 9.8%. Other ETFs that made significant advances were the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) which gained… Read More

Opportunities are still out there for investors

Corrections have been a routine occurrence throughout stock market history. These periods of volatility and economic uncertainty are challenging for investors to navigate but frequently offer excellent investment opportunities for long-term gains.
However, the market disruption that started in mid-February has been an extraordinary event, both… Read More

Time to assess COVID-19’s impact

The first quarter of 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the most volatile ever recorded. After reaching an all-time high in mid-February, global equities declined precipitously only to bounce at least part way back in late March. At the same… Read More

Sustainable ETFs won’t give you an edge

BMO launched seven environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) funds on January 21, 2020; these include a balanced fund, equity funds, and bond funds. Here’s a look at two of them:
Sustainable investing offers some investors a lot of conceptual and emotional appeal. But does investing in… Read More