ETF Performance Highlights

The runaway ETF winners in the month of September 2018 were marijuana funds ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) and Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ). They gained 23.1% and 20.4%, respectively. The increases for these spectaculative stocks came on top of previous gains. Both funds are up more… Read More

Hold the top North American REITs

The best real estate investment trusts (REITs) have good management and balance sheets strong enough to weather an economic downturn. They also have high-quality tenants. The best ones still do well despite economic slowdowns, and they have also taken advantage of low interest rates to… Read More

Q: I currently have 9% of my portfolio in RioCan REIT, and I would like the real estate portion to be about 12% of the overall portfolio. I am therefore considering “going global” with the remaining 3% to 4%. What is your opinion of Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF? Thank you.

A: Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF, $55.65, symbol VNQI on Nasdaq (Units outstanding: 7.8 million; Market cap: $436.6 million; www.vanguard.com), invests in the 460 stocks in the S&P Global ex-U.S. Property Index. This index represents real estate investment trusts (REITs) in more than 30… Read More