Q: Pat, what do you think of me holding the BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF to lower the overall volatility of my portfolio? Thanks.

A: The BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF, $33.51, symbol ZLB on Toronto (Units outstanding: 72.8 million; Market cap: $2.4 billion;
www.etfs.bmo.com), provides exposure to a low beta-weighted portfolio of Canadian stocks. The aim is to reduce your exposure to market volatility.
The ETF selects 40 or… Read More

Reasons to put defensive stocks in your portfolio

Reasons to put defensive stocks in your portfolio

‘Defensive stocks’ can protect your portfolio against economic or stock market downturns
Most so-called “defensive stocks” are in the Consumer sector. They benefit from continuous, habitual use and have a steady core of sales, regardless of the economy and business cycles. These companies typically make products… Read More

How to Profit From Dual-Class Shares of Canadian Stocks

How to Profit From Dual-Class Shares of Canadian Stocks

When it comes to dual-class shares, voting shares have certain advantages over non-voting shares
Aside from specific investments (such as U.S. and Canadian stocks, income trusts or exchange-traded funds), our Inner Circle members ask us a wide range of investment questions. For example, I’ve been asked… Read More

Get a 4.7% yield from Emera Inc.

Get a 4.7% yield from Emera Inc.

This utility is now investing heavily in new green-power projects, which should help attract institutional investors targeting companies with high ESG (environmental, social and governance) scores. 

An expanding rate base, a track record of increasing payouts and a sound balance sheet add to the firm’s appeal. 

EMERA… Read More

Niche markets set these leaders apart

The Finance sector offers investors a wide variety of stocks beyond banks. The best of these, such as the three we recommend below, are leaders in their niche businesses. Their strong market positions help them weather shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic to bounce back even… Read More