Here’s a top conservative ETF buy

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ISHARES S&P/TSX 60 INDEX ETF $22.97 (Toronto symbol XIU; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Conservative; Market cap: $8.6 billion) is a low-fee way to buy the top Canadian listed stocks. Specifically, the ETF holds stocks that represent the S&P/TSX 60 Index—the largest, most heavily traded equities on the TSX. The ETF’s top holdings are Royal Bank, 8.8%; TD Bank, 8.5%; Bank of Nova Scotia, 5.6%; CN Rail, 5.0%; Suncor Energy, 4.8%; Enbridge, 4.2%; Bank of Montreal, 4.0%; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 3.2%; and Canadian Natural Resources, 3.1%. The industry breakdown is as follows: Financials (39%), Resources (29%), Industrials (11%), Telecommuncations (7%), Consumer discretionary (4%), Consumer staples (4%), Information technology (4%), Utilities (2%) and others (1%). The S&P/TSX 60 Index mostly consists of high-quality companies. However, it must ensure that all sectors are represented, so it holds a few companies we would not include. As well, note that this ETF’s assets are highly concentrated in the financial and resources sectors. The fund began trading in September 1999. Expenses are…

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