Asset allocation funds are overrated as an investment strategy. Here’s why

Asset allocation funds are overrated as an investment strategy. Here’s why

Asset allocation funds work great in hindsight—but they’re far less effective at forecasting the future.
Traditionally, asset-allocation funds adjust their portfolio weightings between stocks, bonds and cash in order to capitalize on perceived shorter-term investment opportunities in any one of those classes. For example, if the… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. What do you think about Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.? It has bought some great assets from companies exiting Canada. Is it a good buy? Thanks.

A: Canadian Natural Resources, $40.63, symbol CNQ on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $49.0 billion; www.cnrl.com), operates in Western Canada, where its 100%-owned Horizon Oil Sands Project is located; the North Sea; and off the coast of West Africa. Its overall product mix… Read More

Value funds draw more investor money

ETFs remain popular investment vehicles for investors. In the U.S., total net inflows into ETFs amounted to $197 billion (for the year to the end of September). This was about the same as 2018, which saw record inflows. Canadian ETFs attracted net new money of… Read More

Low volatility funds attract buyers

Global ETF assets as of July 31, 2019, amounted to $5.7 trillion, spread across 7,900 ETFs; this was an increase of 19% compared to the end of 2018. These ETFs are listed on 72 exchanges in 58 countries.
Stock ETFs have attracted net-new inflows of… Read More

Gold ETFs win: base metals lose

Precious metal ETFs were the star performers in August. The physical gold ETF SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) gained 12.1%, the iShares Silver ETF (SLV) rose 8.6%, and the Aberdeen Physical Platinum ETF (PPLT) improved 4.2%.
Gold miners fared equally well with the VanEck Gold Miners… Read More

Low p/e, high yields enhance their appeal

MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. $24 (Toronto symbol MFC; Conservative-Growth Payer Portfolio; Finance sector; Shares o/s: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $48.0 billion; Dividend yield: 4.2%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.manulife.ca) is Canada’s largest life insurance provider. It also sells other forms of insurance, including health, dental and travel plans… Read More