Posts Categorized: ETFs

101: What’s a Preferred Share?

Warren Buffet, one of the most notable investors of our time once said: “Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful.” Ultimately this was just a fancy way of saying ‘buy low, sell high.’ While this advice seems relatively obvious, for… Read more

Alternative Strategy ETFs Part 2: Infrastructure ETFs

Non-traditional ETFs can provide a better risk adjust return for your portfolio. In part 1 we discussed covered call ETFs. Now we look at another interesting alternative strategy available as though ETFs, Infrastructure. Do-it-yourself investors have often gravitated to the simplicity of the couch potato… Read more

Schwab’s Free-But-Not-Really Robo-Advice

A few months ago, Schwab announced it would enter the “robo-advisor” arena and that it would come out swinging, with an automated investment service that would be absolutely free to use. If that sounded too good to be true, that’s because it was. A complicated… Read more

Alternative Strategy ETFs Part 1: Covered Calls

This is the first in a series on Alternative ETFs. What are alternative investments? Alternative strategies are investments that differ from traditional buying and selling of stocks and bonds. They typically use derivatives, futures, options, leverage, arbitrage or short-selling. Using these products, they can generate… Read more

Banks are not a safer place to invest your money

Canadians have a serious problem; they currently pay some of the highest investment management fees in the world. A large part of which is bank held mutual funds, which represent most of the top mutual funds in Canada. By comparison, low-cost ETFs have so-far gained… Read more

A tale of 3 REITs: XRE, ZRE and VRE

When it comes to ETFs, there are often multiple ETFs that aim to track the same index or asset-class and comparing them can be challenging. This is certainly the case with the three Canadian Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”): XRE – iShares S&P TSX Capped… Read more