These ETFs aim to rise with world markets

Almost half of the world’s stocks trade on exchanges outside of North America, where the economic and political climate can increase risk. However, even in developed countries with stable markets, price-to-earnings ratios are generally more attractive than they are in the U.S. (See supplement on… Read More

International ETFs offer rewards—but risk to match

International ETFs offer rewards—but risk to match

Successful investing in international ETFs has a lot to do with understanding the economies of the countries you invest in.

We think conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks (outside of the U.S.). One way to do that… Read More

I have hesitated to invest in securities outside Canada (i.e., in the U.S.) because of foreign-exchange risk. It doesn’t take a big change in the exchange rates to have a material impact on the investment, and I have no interest in being a speculator in foreign exchange. What is your view of investing outside Canada, and is there a way to eliminate foreign-currency risk?

Our view is that virtually all Canadian investors should have 20% to 30% of their portfolios in U.S. stocks, like the ones we recommend in Wall Street Stock Forecaster.

We feel now is a good time to hold high-quality U.S. stocks, and we see U.S. dollar… Read More