Q: I recently read that the hugely over-priced Tesla has been added to the S&P 500. Since I have a significant portion of my retirement funds in an S&P 500 ETF, I am concerned that the value of the ETF will be dragged down once (I think) the Tesla valuation comes down out of orbit. Should I rebalance my holdings to decrease exposure to the S&P 500? Thanks!

A: Certainly, if one stock becomes an outsized part of a market capitalization-weighted ETF, then you need to consider adjusting your overall holdings. That’s especially so if that ETF also makes up a significant part of your portfolio.
Meanwhile, you always need to keep the “Nortel factor”… Read More

Planning Ahead: How to execute a tax-loss selling strategy.

Planning Ahead: How to execute a tax-loss selling strategy.

Use tax-loss selling to offset your taxable capital gains in Canada.
Tax-loss selling (or tax-loss harvesting) occurs when you deliberately sell a security at a loss in order to offset capital gains in Canada. You can then use these losses to offset your taxable capital gains.

In… Read More

How to Buy International Stocks to Enhance and Diversify Your Portfolio

How to Buy International Stocks to Enhance and Diversify Your Portfolio

For Canadian investors wondering how to buy international stocks, ADRs, and international ETFs may be a safer option than picking individual overseas stocks
We believe most investors could benefit from holding some foreign and international investments in their portfolios for added diversification. And growing markets like… Read More