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

ETF Stocks: Precious metal ETFs to hold

ETF Stocks: Precious metal ETFs to hold

Precious metal ETFs have largely centred on gold stocks. While we continue to see the outlook for that precious metal as uncertain, for aggressive investors who want to hold precious metal ETFs, we have two of them below.

 In 2011, precious metal ETFS shot up along… Read More

Mid-cap ETFs aim to lift your gains

Many investors overlook mid-cap stocks, thinking that a combination of large- and small-cap stocks will provide their portfolios with all the diversification they really need. However, as a group, U.S. mid-cap stocks have often performed better than large caps and are generally less risky than… 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, but ETFs may well eclipse them in 2020
Canadian index mutual funds are specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index, such as… Read More