ETF Insight Articles

  • iShares RAFI ETFs migrating to NEO Exchange today/tomorrow February 21, 2017 - A reminder that BlackRock Canada anticipates that the Units (earlier announced: CIE; CIE.A; CJP; CJP.A; CLU; CLU.A; CLU.B; CLU.C; CWO; CWO.A; CRQ; CRQ.A) will be delisted from the TSX at the close of trading on February 21, 2017 and will be listed on NEO at the open of trading on February 22, 2017. BlackRock Canada has been advised by the TSX Continue Reading
  • Housing Bubble! (TWTW – Feb 13-17, 2017) February 20, 2017 - Housing Bubble! The status of real estate in the GTA, according to BMO Economist Doug Porter. State-side, FED Chair Janet Yellen pronounced all upcoming FED meeting “Live” as far as potential for rate hikes. Meantime … FED observers might be interested in this new book: “FED UP” by former Dallas FED Danielle DiMartino Booth. Recent Developments: UK – Tony Blair Continue Reading
  • Horizons’ watershed announcement – A leadership move to follow, if you must ask! February 17, 2017 - The year of transparency? 2017 should go down in Canada as the year of transparency for investors, who, courtesy of CRM2, will get to find out how much all the bells and whistles attached to their investing activities cost (if in fact the industry discloses that information to them in a fulsome fashion, as opposed to piece meal, which – Continue Reading
  • Strong RRSP related (?) inflows, Continued Melt-up in markets = record AUM February 17, 2017 - Strong Net inflows combined with further market gains look to have taken ETF Industry Assets to CAD 119.5 Billion, or an aggregate increase of CAD 3.8 Billion as at Mid-February 2017. With Desjardins announcing their imminent arrival on the scene, and AGF launching their own ETFs recently, the ranks of providers currently stands at 20. Net Inflows are estimated to Continue Reading
  • Arrivée Desjardins – Facteurs multiples et FNB obligataires + Privilegiées = ? February 15, 2017 - Desjardins Wealth Management recently filed for their launch of a total of 9 ETFs, covering multi-factors strategies, as well as fixed income and preferred shares: => View Prospectus =>Click HERE! Desjardins Canada Multifactor-Controlled Volatility ETF(“DFC”) Desjardins USA Multifactor-Controlled Volatility ETF (“DFU”) Desjardins Developed ex-USA ex-Canada Multifactor-Controlled Volatility ETF (“DFD”) Desjardins Emerging Markets Multifactor-Controlled Volatility ETF (“DFE”) (collectively, the “Desjardins Multifactor-Controlled Continue Reading
  • Light Hearted (TWTW – Feb 6-10, 2017) February 13, 2017 - Light Hearted – How some described Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway’s plug for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, as she urged Americans to go buy it on TV last Thursday… Of course, at the other end of this, the Donald was going all out on TWITTER to vilify Nordstrom, which had abandoned his daughter’s line as it wasn’t selling … #Long4years (of Continue Reading
  • Random observations from recent performance data … (to Jan 31, 2017) February 9, 2017 - So January came and went, the S&P/TSX 60 ETF rose a mere 1.22%; the S&P 500 CAD hedged one 1.64%; EAFE International hedged brought in 0.53%; and EM rose a more substantial 3.68% versus the end of December 2016. Nasdaq (CAD hedged) fared better, at +5.05% for January. As I scan through the performance “rolls” for January though, a few Continue Reading
  • Not in your best Interest (February 2017 Perspectives) February 5, 2017 - Not in your best Interest – Dodd-Frank Trump Rollback in the US; potentially derailed DOL; and here in Canada,  always a strong (and well financed – to be sure) lobby to push back against Regulatory intervention benefiting investors (incl. removal of conflicts of interest) … All-in: Financials / Banks stocks future (profitability) looks brighter, all the while the inherent “tax” Continue Reading
  • Sensitive Issue (TWTW – Jan 23-27, 2017) January 29, 2017 - Oh, as for the Sensitive Issue - it is the issue of who will ultimately foot the $20 Billion bill for that lovely wall idea? Mexico? As reiterated throughout Trump's campaign? Or an import tax essentially resulting in US consumers picking up the tab?
  • A look to the South of us – ETF.com ‘s 2016 Finalists for ETF of the Year January 24, 2017 - As ETFs continue to make significant gains – with significantly more growth potential ahead here in 2017 – relative to their Mutual Funds counterparts, it is important on the innovation front, to remember that ETFs have moved beyond their original “index delivery” mission, to ultimately a distribution mechanism suitable and capable of delivering myriads investment solutions. In that context, industry Continue Reading