Two large-cap buys with a finance focus

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BMO DIVIDEND FUND $37.58 (BMO Mutual Funds, 77 King Street West, Suite 4200, Royal Trust Tower, Toronto, Ont., M5K 1J5, 1-800-665-7700; Web site: www.bmo.com. No load — deal directly with the bank) (CWA Rating: Conservative) currently holds about 43.3% of its portfolio in the Financial services industry. Its next-largest holding is Energy at 23.1%. The $3.7 billion BMO Dividend Fund’s largest holdings are Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Royal Bank, Canadian National Railway, Manulife Financial, TD Bank, TransCanada Corporation, EnCana Corporation, Enbridge and Goldcorp. The fund’s MER is 1.71%. Over the five years to May 31, 2009, the fund posted a 3.7% annual rate of return. The S&P/TSX index returned 6.9% annually. The index gained from the big run up in resources prices that lasted until early in 2008. The S&P/TSX index holds a high 46% or so of its holdings in Resources stocks. The fund lost 22.6% over the year to May 31, 2009. Price declines in Resources and Finance shares pushed…

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