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: Pat, I notice that in Canadian Wealth Advisor you recommended the SPDR S&P 500 ETF. Why would this be better than the iShares XSP, which is hedged to the Canadian dollar. Are they not the same?

A: No one can consistently predict currency movements, but we still feel that most investors should remain invested in U.S. stocks. Note that even if the U.S. dollar should fall against the Canadian dollar, your U.S. stocks can still appreciate in value even while the… Read More

Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial Corp. yields 3.5 and 3.8% plus Asian exposure

Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial Corp. yields 3.5 and 3.8% plus Asian exposure

Improved sales in Asia led to a 1.3% and 14.2% earnings gains for these two companies during their most-recent quarter.

Both firms recently raised their dividend payouts.

The stocks trade at just 8.3 and 11.6 times each company’s 2020 earnings forecast.


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MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. (Toronto symbol MFC; www.manulife.ca)… Read More