Q: Pat, can you please give me your views on the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF? Frontier markets are one step below emerging markets, but this fund looks interesting. Thank you.

A: Frontier markets are developing countries, but with economies considered still too small to be emerging markets.

While risky, the best of frontier-market stocks can offer sound prospects for growth and good fundamental value.

Many frontier countries have sizable populations with favourable demographics, including a rising middle class,… 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

Updating IGM Financial Inc., Emera Inc. and Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

IGM FINANCIAL INC. $38 (Toronto symbol IGM; Conservative-Growth Payer Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 238.3 million; Market cap: $9.1 billion; Dividend yield: 5.9%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.igmfinancial.com) is Canada’s largest independent mutual-fund provider with $161.7 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2019.
IGM last… Read More

Tap Japan’s top companies

ISHARES MSCI JAPAN INDEX FUND $54.35 (New York symbol EWJ; buy or sell through brokers; us.ishares.com) is an ETF that tries to match the return of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Japan Index.
The fund’s top holdings include Toyota, 4.5%; Softbank, 2.6%; Sony Corp., 2.1%; Mitsubishi UFJ… Read More

Dividend increase: Stanley

STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC. $153 (New York symbol SWK; Conservative-Growth Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 151.4 million; Market cap: $23.2 billion; Dividend yield: 1.8%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.stanleyblackanddecker.com) is one of the world’s largest makers of hand and power tools for consumers… Read More

Updating six North American ETFs

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