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Weekly wrap, Sept. 15, 2017: S&P 500 hits another record high, crosses 2,500
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By Fund Library News Wire  | Friday, September 15, 2017


By Mike Keerma

* S&P 500 hits another record high, crosses 2,500
* TD launches two new equity funds with North American focus.
* Invesco introduces two new income-focused ETFs.

* S&P 500 hits new record high, crosses 2,500.
The U.S. blue-chip benchmark S&P 500 Composite Index closed at a record high on Friday, crossing the psychologically significant 2,500 threshold for the first time ever. The index advanced 1.6% on the week. The run was spurred on by gains the technology sector, led by semiconductor stocks and boosted by an advance in smartphone maker Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), which saw its share price rise after introducing its new iPhones last Tuesday. The Nasdaq Composite Index, which has a heavy tech-sector weighting, gained 1.4% on the week, and is now ahead nearly 20% year to date. Toronto’s S&P/TSX Composite Index rose 1.3% on the week, as the price of crude oil surged 4.8% from the previous week’s close. Gold, meanwhile, gave back some of its previous gains, dropping 2.0% over the week, as investors shrugged off another missile test by North Korea.


* TD launches two new equity funds. TD Asset Management Inc. last week debuted a U.S. equity fund along with a North American small-cap equity fund.

TD U.S. Dividend Growth Fund, managed by David Sykes, will invest in successful, dividend-paying U.S. companies.

TD North American Small-Cap Equity Fund will invest in North American equities with attractive and stable growth potential. The fund is managed by Jean Masson and aims to offer investors access to small- and medium-sized North American companies that are expected to deliver enhanced, long-term returns.

* Invesco introduces two new income-focused ETFs. Invesco launched two new PowerShares income ETFs with a Canadian focus and designed to provide a monthly distribution.

PowerShares 1-10 Year Laddered Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index ETF (NEO: PIB) tracks the FTSE TMX Canada Investment Grade 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index. It holds corporate bonds, which generally provide a higher yield than government bonds of similar maturity and credit quality. According to a PowerShares release, “As a laddered portfolio, PIB helps manage reinvestment risk by spreading out bond maturities. The portfolio’s short-term bonds reduce interest-rate sensitivity while its medium-term holdings tend to provide higher yield.” MER is 0.25%.

PowerShares S&P/TSX REIT Income Index ETF (TSX: REIT) tracks the S&P/TSX Capped REIT Income Index of Canadian real estate investment trusts, providing exposure to a cross-section of retail, residential, office and industrial REITs. MER is 0.45%.

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