Small caps offer investors pros and cons

Smaller firms can sometimes generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they can be riskier, less liquid, and may underperform for long periods. One way to offset some of the risk is to focus on ETFs that hold top-quality small-capitalization companies (such as the… Read More

Three ETFs offer international diversification

We think that most Canadian investors should have high-quality, dividend-paying Canadian stocks (or ETFs that hold those stocks) make up the bulk of their portfolios. We also feel that virtually all Canadian investors should have, say, 20% to 30% of their portfolios in U.S. stocks… Read More

Europe offers you a post-COVID-19 recovery

For the past decade or so, the European economy has lagged behind the faster-growing economies of the U.S. and China. The departure of the U.K. from the European Union also raised key questions about its overall stability.
However, the massive monetary and fiscal stimulus provided by… Read More

Only one of these two Asian ETFs is a buy right now

We believe conservative investors can have as much as 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. Purchasing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus is an effective way to do so.

The best of these funds offer low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality… Read More

Two of these Asian ETFs are buys right now

We believe conservative investors can have as much as 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. A good way to do that is by choosing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus.

The best of those funds offer low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of… Read More

One of these Asian ETFs is a buy now

We think conservative investors can hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is by choosing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an overseas focus.

The best of those funds continue to offer low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of… Read More

Japan is the better choice right now

POWERSHARES CHINA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO ETF $32.21 (New York Exchange symbol HAO; buy or sell through brokers; www.invesco.com) changed its name from Guggenheim China Small Cap ETF in May 2018 when Invesco Ltd. bought Guggenheim’s ETF business.
This particular PowerShares ETF aims to track the AlphaShares China… Read More

Small companies have appeal but also risk

Smaller companies can generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they are often riskier and less liquid, and may underperform for long periods.

Small stocks are also more volatile in times of unsettled or falling markets.

Still, if you focus on the best-quality small companies— or… Read More

Pass on this ETF

ISHARES S&P/TSX SMALL CAP ETF $16 (Toronto symbol XCS; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Aggressive; Market cap: $121.1 million) invests in smaller listed Canadian companies.

The ETF holds 197 stocks, with the top 10 comprising only 13% of its assets. This gives it the appearance of a well-diversified… Read More

Small-cap ETFs aim for growth

Smaller firms can sometimes generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they are often riskier, less liquid, and may underperform for long periods. One way to offset some of the risk is to focus on ETFs that hold top-quality small-capitalization companies.

Here we look… Read More