Q: The Canadian dollar has been up and down lately against the U.S. dollar. When buying a U.S. stock, would that stock then have to rise 34% to cover the exchange rate before I realized any gains? Thanks.

A: The short answer is no. $1.00 U.S. equals $1.34 Canadian. You get back the exchange differential when you sell. If the U.S./Canada exchange rate is about the same as when you bought, you’ll only lose the cost of the trade, perhaps 1%.

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