Avoid this particular Canadian Index ETF

Avoid this particular Canadian Index ETF

The major Canadian and U.S. stock markets have risen steadily since the COVID-19 disruptions. Nonetheless, we think that if you can afford to stay in the market for several years or longer, now is still a good time for new buying. We see ETFs as… Read More

Q: Pat, when balancing economic sectors in my portfolio, where do I assign these two ETFs that you recommend as buys: XDV and SPY? Thank you.

A: Both of these ETFs hold stocks in most or all of the five main economic sectors: Finance, Utilities, Resources, Consumer and Manufacturing.

The iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF, $29.59, symbol XDV on Toronto (Units outstanding: 58.4 million; Market cap: $1.7 billion; www.blackrock.com/ca), holds 30… Read More

Q: Hello, Pat. Do you have an opinion on PIMCO Global Short Maturity Fund (Canada) ETF as a parking spot for cash in this market? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

A: The PIMCO Global Short Maturity Fund (Canada) ETF, $19.75, symbol PMNT on Toronto (Units outstanding: 2.8 million; Market cap: $55.3 million; www.pimco.ca) began trading on the Toronto exchange on February 1, 2019. The fund also has a traditional mutual fund series available for investors.

Based… Read More

The top gold and silver stocks are stored in two ETFs

The top gold and silver stocks are stored in two ETFs

Precious-metal stocks dropped, along with stock markets, in March 2020 as the pandemic forced a global shutdown. They then quickly reversed themselves to soar for investors.

For many investors, gold and silver represent “safe harbours” in turbulent times and it’s why we expect further price jumps… Read More

How to pick the best Canadian index mutual funds

How to pick the best Canadian index mutual funds

Canadian index mutual funds were among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades. Still the popularity of ETFs may soon eclipse them
Canadian index mutual funds are specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index,… Read More