Cannabis in the news April 3, 2019

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News on cannabis stocks and on developments in the industry haven’t let up in today’s volatile markets. Here are this week’s stories that we believe will mean most to you as a Canadian investor.

1. Lineups circling the block greeted the opening of… 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 rocky and volatile market. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

A: The PIMCO Global Short Maturity Fund (Canada) ETF, $20.12, symbol PMNT on Toronto (Units outstanding: 3.2 million; Market cap: $64.32 million; www.pimco.ca) was recently launched by PIMCO.

Based in Newport, California, PIMCO is one of the world’s biggest fixed-income investment managers. It’s owned by Germany-based… Read More

Cannabis in the news March 20, 2019

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News on cannabis stocks and on developments in the industry haven’t let up in today’s volatile markets. Here are this week’s stories that we believe will mean most to you as a Canadian investor.

1. The U.S. federal government’s move to decriminalize hemp… Read More

Q: Pat, in the February issue of 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

Q: Dear Pat: Can you please explain how real return bonds work? Also, are they worth investing in, especially the iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF and the iShares Floating Rate Index ETF? Thanks.

A: Real-return bonds pay you a rate of return that’s adjusted for inflation.

Here’s how they work:

When a real-return bond is issued, the level of the consumer price index (CPI) on that date is applied to the bond. After that, both the principal and interest payments… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. My question relates to the Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF. Compared to holding the preferred shares of individual companies, does an ETF like this provide any advantages? Is this the best one to buy if you want to buy such an ETF? Thanks!

A: Preferred shares behave more like long-term fixed-income instruments rather than short-term instruments. So while short-term interest rates are still relatively low, the outlook for long-term interest rates is less certain.

The underlying credit quality of preferred share issuers can be a negative factor in some… Read More