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By Fund Library News Wire | Tuesday, July 11, 2017

  

By Mark Raes, Head of Product, BMO Asset Management Inc.

Investors are always looking for the right sector at the right time to get the maximum possible return with the lowest inherent risk. Finding that perfect investment looks easy in hindsight; however, a properly constructed portfolio that includes sector rotation strategies balancing risk and reward is well positioned to handle developing scenarios. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have traditionally been an efficient way to enact these asset allocation strategies, providing wide exposure across a single sector with a single trade.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Thursday, July 06, 2017



The S&P 500 Index reached new record highs in the weeks following the 2016 U.S. elections, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished above 20,000 for the first time ever on January 25, 2017. In a marked reversal of fortunes, U.S. value stocks outperformed their growth counterparts for a substantial part of 2016, and looked set to continue the trend into 2017.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, February 15, 2017



The problem I see with many of the low-volatility mandates in the investment fund universe is that investors have bid up the valuation levels of many of the stocks held in these products to very high levels. But not all ETFs suffer from this phenomenon. For example, consider the FundGrade A+ Award-winning PowerShares S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility ETF (TSX: TLV), which manages to keep its price-earnings ratio in line with the broader market.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, February 15, 2017



The problem I see with many of the low-volatility mandates in the investment fund universe is that investors have bid up the valuation levels of many of the stocks held in these products to very high levels. But not all ETFs suffer from this phenomenon. For example, consider the FundGrade A+ Award-winning PowerShares S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility ETF (TSX: TLV), which manages to keep its price-earnings ratio in line with the broader market.


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By Gordon Pape | Monday, October 24, 2016

BUILDING WEALTH WITH GORDON PAPE
 

With bond yields near record lows, income investors have been hard-pressed to find low-risk securities that generate the cash flow they require. For example, the iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF (TSX: XBB) is yielding just 2.75%, while the iShares Core S&P/TSX Cap Composite Index ETF (TSX: XIC) yields 2.9%. Meantime, the Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF (TSX: HPR) yields an attractive 4.5%. So why aren’t more people putting their money into preferreds?


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By Tyler Mordy | Tuesday, October 18, 2016



Confucius once said that “everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” China may be today’s Confucian case in point. The bulls (if we may speak for the handful of them still holding their day jobs) are seemingly near extinction. The gloomy case is widely known: Overleverage, overbuilding, and overcapacity plague the economy. Return on investment for the state sector is in chronic decline, and residential home prices remain elevated. On top of that, a large, opaque “shadow banking system” poses a systemic risk to the entire credit system.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Wednesday, September 28, 2016



By Kurt Reiman, Director, Chief Investment Strategist for Canada

Globally, investors have been piling into investments like gold, U.S. equities, and emerging market debt, but recent positioning in Canadian stocks and bonds is less crowded. Here are some reasons why.


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By Robyn K. Thompson | Friday, September 23, 2016

Q – I like the idea of exchange-traded funds because their MERs are lower than mutual funds. But I’m a little unclear as to how their share prices are determined or how they manage to stay in business – some ETF MERs are scarcely above zero. Also, how do closed-end funds figure into this mix? – Brad M., Kanata, Ontario


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By Brian Bridger | Thursday, September 08, 2016

 

Earlier this year, Canadian ETF assets surpassed the $100 billion mark for the first time. And although the asset growth has been rapid, ETFs still make up just a small portion of the $1.3 trillion Canadian mutual fund industry. One of the main benefits for using ETFs instead of mutual funds has to do with the fact that the fees, specifically the management expense ratios (MERs), are typically much lower. And with more players entering the ETF market, which is increasing competition and leading to lower and lower fees, the popularity of ETFs will only increase. But does ETFs' performance match their increased popularity? One gauge might be how they do in Fundata’s annual FundGrade A+ Awards. The results are quite surprising.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

While it might be a bit too early for many investors to step into direct European equity exposure, those with a higher appetite for risk may want to consider it. One interesting way to get some exposure to the region without taking on the full risk of the market would be to use the First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF.


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