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By Fund Library News Wire | Thursday, November 16, 2017

 

By Michael Cooke, Senior Vice President, Head of Exchange Traded Funds, Mackenzie Investments.

With more than 500 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed in Canada, how do you pick the right one for your portfolio? That’s where it all starts. I suggest there are four key criteria for selecting an ETF that can help achieve your investment goals. Your financial advisor can work with you to assess the four criteria during your search.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, November 15, 2017



Invesco’s Powershares ETFs have been a strong competitor in the market for some time now. In the fixed-income space, I have two particular favorites, PowerShares Senior Loan Index ETF (TSX: BKL.F) and the PowerShares Tactical Bond ETF (TSX: PTB). Here’s a closer look at these funds.


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By Olev Edur | Wednesday, November 01, 2017

It may be described as an exchange traded fund (ETF), but CI Investments Inc.’s First Asset Global Financial Sector ETF (TSX: FSF) is not your typical ETF. It posted a whopping 42.9% one-year return through September 2017. Along with its sister fund, First Asset European Bank ETF (TSX: FHB) with a 49.6% return, it topped the financial services equity fund category for the year. Put that down to portfolio manager John Hadwen’s intensely active management style.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, September 27, 2017



Most Canadian-focused dividend funds look for Canadian companies that have the ability to pay, sustain, and grow their dividends. And most do a reasonable job to meet their targets. Some managers, however, take the next step, looking for an extra boost by supporting an active investing mandate with a rigorous fundamental investment approach in the hope of delivering at least index-matching longer-term returns or better. One such fund is the Horizons Active Canadian Dividend ETF (TSX: HAL).


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, September 20, 2017



The Vanguard Aggregate Bond Index ETF (TSX: VAB) provides broad exposure to the Canadian bond market. It is designed to track the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Canadian Float Adjusted Bond Index, net of fees. The index is cap weighted and holds a mix of government and investment-grade corporate bonds of Canadian issuers. The ETF received a FundGrade A+® Award for excellence in 2016.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  

By Mark Brisley, Managing Director and Head of Dynamic Funds

One of the fastest-growing segments in the investment universe is active exchange traded funds (ETFs). In Canada, the number of active ETFs has grown from 82 in December 2014 to over 143 at the end of last year1. Over the same two-year time frame, assets have more than doubled, reaching a record $17 billion in 2016. Although that’s just a sliver of the overall $1.3-trillion Canadians have invested in mutual funds, it’s big enough to start turning heads.


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By Gordon Pape | Monday, September 11, 2017

BUILDING WEALTH WITH GORDON PAPE
 

The Bank of Canada last week raised its benchmark target overnight bank rate by 25 basis points, to 1.0%. Rising interest rates are both good and bad news for income investors. On the plus side, they could eventually lead to better rates from the banks on guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), which are still a popular choice for many people. The downside is the negative effect that higher interest rates have on bond prices and interest sensitive securities, such as REITs and utility stocks. So where can you find some decent income stocks that aren’t vulnerable to rising interest rates?


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By Dave Paterson | Thursday, September 07, 2017



With both Canada and the U.S. looking to dramatically increase infrastructure spending over the next decade, the medium- to long-term outlook for infrastructure is positive. A number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are available, but one of the best is the three-time FundGrade A+ Award-winning BMO Global Infrastructure Index ETF (TSX: ZGI).


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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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