These ETFs look beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the global economy. Some businesses—like online retailers and video conferencing providers— have thrived. Many others have suffered, with their demand disappearing overnight. However, as businesses and consumers continue to adjust—and vaccines are distributed—these funds aim to strongly benefit from that… Read More

Most ETFs fell in October

The month of October saw declines in most asset classes, especially during the last trading week. That came after very strong gains for most assets starting in April.
Representing the broad global, U.S. and Canadian markets, the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) lost 2.0%… Read More

Low fees give these six ETFs a big edge

The six ETFs we update below mainly hold high-quality stocks that are widely traded on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Each fund tracks the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different from ETFs focused on narrower indexes or themes such as cryptocurrencies or biotechnology.

Of… Read More

Gold ETFs win: base metals lose

Precious metal ETFs were the star performers in August. The physical gold ETF SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) gained 12.1%, the iShares Silver ETF (SLV) rose 8.6%, and the Aberdeen Physical Platinum ETF (PPLT) improved 4.2%.
Gold miners fared equally well with the VanEck Gold Miners… Read More

Buy the best TSX REITs

ISHARES S&P/TSX REIT INDEX ETF $19.77 (Toronto symbol XRE; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com) holds all 19 Canadian real estate investment trusts in the S&P/TSX REIT Index. The fund has an MER of 0.61%, and it currently yields a high 4.1%.
The ETF’s top holdings are Canadian Apart. REIT… Read More

Stock market’s gains top bonds

Stock market volatility sometimes appears when least expected. However, volatility as measured by the BetaPro S&P 500 VIX Futures ETF (Toronto symbol HUV), has substantially subsided in the months following a big spike in December 2018. As a result, this ETF, which gains in value… Read More

Tap into the best REITs

ISHARES S&P/TSX REIT INDEX ETF $18.80 (Toronto symbol XRE; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com) holds all 19 Canadian real estate investment trusts in the S&P/TSX REIT Index. The fund has an MER of 0.61%, and it currently yields a high 4.4%.
The ETF’s top holdings are RioCan REIT (14.1%),… Read More

These ETFs offer top-quality REITs

Traditionally, REITs are said to suffer when interest rates rise. That’s in part because their units, which typically offer high yields, compete with fixed-income instruments for investor interest. However, higher interest rates are usually accompanied by increased economic activity and growth. That higher growth is… Read More

ETF Performances for March

The dramatic downward movement in U.S. government bond yields in March reverberated through the markets, with interest rate-sensitive groups, such as real estate and utilities, benefitting strongly from renewed expectations for lower, or at least steady, interest rates.
The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT.O) tracks long-term… Read More

ETFs off to a good start in 2019

After a rough final quarter of 2018, most asset classes saw significant gains in the first month of 2019 as investors became less concerned about high stock valuations and the China-U.S. trade dispute. Fears about a rapid rise in U.S. interest rates for 2019 also… Read More