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Tony’s Take: Getting mutual funds out of the closet

The Canadian stock market is relatively small by international standards and is dominated by a few large corporations. Indeed, the top 10 companies by market capitalization in the TSX Composite Index reads like a who’s who of corporate Canada, including four of the big five banks, Canadian National Railway, Enbridge, Suncor Energy and BCE.

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Understanding US Equity ETFs

In the first installment in my “Understanding ETFs” series, we toured the Canadian equity ETF landscape, covering solutions you can use for your investment portfolio’s domestic stock allocation. Today, I want to switch gears and head south of the border, to explore some of the U.S. equity ETFs you can add in, to diversify your Canadian-heavy portfolio.

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Even with equal fees, I prefer passive ETFs!

Shock and awe! In 2018, Vanguard Canada, a fervent advocate of passive management, launched traditional, actively managed mutual funds. Actively managed mutual fund companies also successively launched their own array of exchange traded funds (ETFs). As a result, the great majority of the Canadian market’s 33 suppliers now offer mainly active management. Are we looking at the end of passive ETFs?

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2018 Portfolio Returns

Another year under the belt. 2018 seemed to mirror 2017 in the news headlines. Trump, Bitcoin, and marijuana stocks were top of mind for much of the year, with the addition of trade agreements (or a lack thereof), and a dash of market volatility that had been missing in 2017.