Q: Hi, Pat. Could I have your opinion on the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF? If one were considering a “Dogs of the Dow” approach, would this be an alternative? Thanks.

A: The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF, $43.27, symbol SDOG on New York (Units outstanding: 49.3 million; Market cap: $2.1 billion; www.alpssectordividenddogs.com), is an ETF that applies the “Dogs of the Dow” theory on a sector-by-sector basis using the stocks in the S&P 500. The… Read More

Mid-cap stocks could boost your portfolio

Mid-cap stocks, like middle children, don’t always get the attention they deserve. But, that has failed to hold back several top stocks in this overlooked category.
What are mid-cap stocks?
Mid-cap stocks fall between large-cap stocks and small-cap stocks, but their size varies from stock market to… Read More

These ETFs should rise with energy prices

Higher oil prices continue to spur stock prices for an array of companies in the energy industry. That includes energy services stocks. Those firms assist drillers in setting up oil and gas wells. They also make, fix and maintain the equipment used in oil extraction… Read More

Q: Hello Pat and team. I heard some people recommending these funds: Trimark Europlus Fund, Capital Group Global Equity Fund, Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund and the Invesco Global Real Estate Fund. I know you don’t necessarily recommend mutual funds over stocks. But, please, may I have the benefit of your thinking on these ones, in particular? Thanks!

A: We think that mutual funds are okay to hold if you own them, but we have moved away from recommending mutual funds in favour of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). They charge much lower fees. We feel that most fund investors should shift into ETFs wherever… Read More

These funds aim for an ethical profit

The ETF world is diverse, with a fund for every kind of investment strategy. That includes ETFs for those Canadians who want to invest in companies committed to protecting the environment and helping social causes. Here are two such funds:

ISHARES MSCI KLD 400 SOCIAL… Read More

Rising food demand spurs these two funds

With yearly revenue of $4 trillion, the global agriculture industry offers enormous opportunities for firms ready to satisfy growing food demand. (For more on agriculture, see supplement, page 10.)

VANECK VECTORS AGRICULTURE AGRIBUSINESS ETF $59 (New York symbol MOO; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Aggressive; Market cap: $831.4… Read More