Capital gains exemption and real estate investing

Capital gains exemption and real estate investing

Learn about capital gains exemption and REITs for real estate investing
Owning your house is a great tax shelter. That’s because gains on your principal residence involve a capital gains exemption. Note, though, that this benefit only applies to your principal residence. You must still pay… Read More

New buildings are a big plus for investors

Today’s low interest rates continue to help Canadian REITs reduce interest expenses. That, in turn, steadies their cash flow and sustains their distributions for investors. In fact, most REITs have already moved to refinance much of their debt at today’s low fixed rates. This helps to… Read More

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

More and more, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are finding their way into the portfolios of investors.
That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of them… Read More

REIT investing is a smart way to invest in Canadian real estate

REIT investing is a smart way to invest in Canadian real estate

REIT investing: Real estate investment trusts can provide you with a stable, profitable way of investing in real estate
Top-quality REITs are among the most stable and highest-yielding real estate investments. That’s because many REITs hold high-quality, non-depleting assets, and have taken advantage of low interest… 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

RioCan sticks to its plan

RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $26.23 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Units outstanding: 303.8 million; Market cap: $8.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 5.5%; www.riocan.com) owns all or part of 217 shopping centres and other properties across Canada. They include 13 projects now under development. In… 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