ETFs are great ways to have an easily diversified portfolio.
Often times, ETFs track an underlying index of a certain subsection of the market. An exchange-traded fund is a basket of securities that trade on the market. There are great ETFs options for all kind of investors, but how can one decide which ETF to buy? That’s where Stockchase comes handy.
Good performing ETFs
There are hundreds of ETFs mentioned on Stockchase. We built a mega list of the latest ETFs mentioned on Stockchase since September 2019. Mose of these ETFs have been chosen as Top Picks by stock analysts.
How to choose what ETF to invest in?
JustETF has a great post about how to make the right ETF selection.
Do you want to invest in Canadian equities? Emerging Markets? Renewable Energy? REITs? Dividends focussed ETFs? You should first decide what you want to invest in and then have a look at our ETF mega post and pick some ETFs matching your desired asset allocation.
If this sounds too complex for you, you should have a look at All-In-One ETFs.
The ETFs Mega Post
The list below is exhaustive, if you prefer to start with the most popular options you might want to read our post about the most popular ETFs for your portfolio. If you prefer to go deeper into a specific kind of ETFs, read our Country-Specific ETFs, Emerging Markets ETFs or World Markets ETFs posts.
ETFs Mega List
Here’s our ETF mega list…
BMO Equal Weight US Banks Hedged to CAD ETF (ZUB-T)
An ETF of American banks. It was recently named a top pick by Keith Richards.
Time to cut losses? He has had a lot of questions on this one. Investors tend to run to banks when interest rates are thought to be rising as bank profitability tends to rise when rate spreads expands. US banks did not do well last year for various reasons. With the investment cycle going on…
Harvest Equal Weight Global Utilities Income ETF (HUTL-T)
An income ETF that has holdings from outside of Canada, though there are some Canadian companies within the fund.
Likes it--it derives income outside Canada, though a few of the companies held here are Canadian like Enbridge. It's a well-managed ETF. The covered call increases the dividend
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (XEC-T)
An ETF that follows a broad index in emerging markets. There are stocks from South Korea, Japan, Philippines and India amongst others.
This is big-cap China, Taiwan and Korea. Tencent, Alibaba and Samsung are in this fund. This is where he sees growth in the future. It is very volatile from time to time but it's not as volatile as it seems. Yield is 2.85%.
BMO Low Volatility Cdn Eqty ETF (ZLB-T)
A low beta ETF that is a good place to park cash. Mostly banks and utilities with virtually no energy stocks.
(A Top Pick Mar 12/19, Up 15%) It has been a good performer since its inception. It moved out of Canadian energy stocks at a pivotal time based on its rules based methodology. It looks for the lowest beta Canadian stocks. This is an actively managed fund he feels as it has a human element…
iShares Cdn Univer. Maple ETF (XSH-T)
A mostly bank paper ETF. A great place to park your money for short-term. Yield is around 2.8% that is paid monthly.
A core iShares offering. It has only a 0.1% MER. It holds Canadian and foreign Canadian-denominated bonds (Maple bonds). It offers some diversification, but it will not shoot the lights out. It is short duration and high quality holdings and acts as a good defensive holding. This is fine for most Canadian investors.
Purpose Behavioural Opportunities Fund (BHAV-T)
An ETF that takes advantage of trading errors made by investors and overreactions by the market. A fund based on behavioural economics.
(A Top Pick Apr 08/19, Up 3%) Gains have been made recently. Trades are chunky. BHAV capitalizes of investor over-reaction after earnings reports. They lowered their MER. Low volumes, though. He's confident about BHAV long-term.
SmartBe Global Value Momentum Trend Index ETF (SBEA-NEO)
Another fund that is based on behavioural economics. This ETF covers stocks as well as bonds. A trend following fund that is good for reducing equity exposure in case there is a downturn.
This ETF is only a year old. He calls it air bags for your portfolio. It's a momentum-based value strategy that's based on academic research following trendlines. Now, SBEA is fully invested in stocks, but can go into income if the market turns down. Generally, be defensive starting now.
BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF (ZST.L-T)
A short-term cash product that is good for income. They reinvest the proceeds and is a slow and steady climber.
It reinvests the proceeds. The chart is a steady climb, rising 2.6% for the year, but it is sure and steady. Good for short-term cash. Fort he conservative income part of a portfolio. MER of 0.17%
US Vegan Climate ETF (VEGN-Q)
A new ETF this year. It replicates the S&P 500 index without companies that are involved with animal testing, cruelty or fossil-fuels.
It's brand new. It replicates the S&P minus companies involved in animal testing and cruelty as well as being fossil-fuel free. VEGN performs slightly better than the S&P. It's still exposed to large caps though.
VanEck Vectors Low-Carbon Energy ETF (SMOG-N)
A green technology ETF. Tesla is one of their largest holdings. This fund includes LED lights, cars, and other environmentally friendly tech companies.
A green tech ETF with Tesla as the largest holding. It is risky, though you're not betting a specific company or technology, but rather a wide range of companies and techs, like LED lights and e-cars.
Horizons Gold ETF (HUG-T)
A fund that holds gold itself. A good option to provide stability in a portfolio. It is future based.
(A Top Pick Dec 06/19, Up 7%) It holds the bullion. (He works for Horizons.) Gold has done quite well, with a big rally in mid-2019 when interest rates fell. Late-December into late-January is gold's seasonality, which is happening. We could see a breakout due to strong interest in gold. We could see upside.
Brompton European Dividend Growth (EDGF-T)
A fund that follows European dividend growers. Pays a 4.9% dividend. An actively managed ETF that is for income growth too.
Pays a 4.9% dividend and is a strong performer. It's actively managed and equal-weight, which he likes. It's for income growth, too. You pay a little more for it being actively managed, but worth it for the performance and yield.
Franklin LibertyQT U.S. Equity Index ETF (FLUS-T)
An ETF composed of trending value and momentum stocks. A very diversified fund with 250 holdings. Pays a 1.8% dividend. It is also considered recession proof.
Charges only 25 basis points. Contains value and momentum stocks that are trending. Diversified with 250 holdings and pays a 1.84% dividend yield. The underlying securities here can withstand a recession.
iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (USMV-N)
A low volatility ETF that protects against geopolitical risks and downside. A collection of lower volatility US stocks.
One of his current themes is to build in more portfolio resilience and protect on the downside. US stocks with lower volatility characteristics than S&P. Geopolitical risks are rising. Names inclue Visa, Coca-Cola, Verizon. Not an expensive MER.
Dynamic iShares Active U.S. Dividend ETF (DXU-T)
An actively managed ETF of US dividend paying companies. A bet on the rising of the US market. The funds holdings include Microsoft.
Play this for the upside on the US market. Holdings include Microsoft. Put a stop loss on the way up. There are liquidity issues.
BMO Low Volatility US Equity ETF (ZLU-T)
The US version of ZLB. A defensive play that focuses on stocks with low beta. Made of utilities, consumer staples and discretionary.
ZLU is a top choice ETF of the US market -- he believes it is not currency hedged to the CAD dollar. He likes the lower volatility holdings. Good for conservative investors. He also likes the USMV ETF.
BMO Covered Call Utilities ETF (ZWU-T)
A utilities ETF with a great yield at over 6%. A good ETF to park your money for cash-flow. Very defensive.
He wouldn't buy this now. It's up over 20%. He doesn't like covered calls usually. Chasing dividends could mean that you are taking on underlying risk. It's probably too late to enter.
iShare Core MSCI World ex Canada (XAW-T)
A global ETF that gives foreign exposure outside of North America. The top holdings include 57% in US and 8% in Japan. A good diversification tool.
Some of the offshore stocks are worth investing because multiples are cheaper. Prospects in Canada are so-so, so it’s a good way to diversify out of Canada.
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
An ETF that follows the medical device industry. Medical device companies have done very well.
He likes medical devices a lot. The ETF looks good with reasonable MER. Once the rhetoric from the presidential campaign subsides, it’ll probably have more smooth sailing.
Mrk Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX-N)
A hedge for gold. Seasonality for gold is from November to February. A real store of value in a low interest environment.
He's not a gold bull, because gold represents a decline in the value of the US dollar. This one is fine, it's just not something he's bullish on. Gold is dead money.
iShares DJ Home Construction ETF (ITB-N)
An ETF of home builders and building material companies. A bullish bet on the US housing market. Seasonal strength is from October to February.
(A Top Pick Oct 03/19, Up 6%) A play on construction whose seasonality is end-October to February. This is trending higher, supported by major moving averages. He's buying into what goes into building new homes, like lumber which he's done very well with. Even 12 months ago, ITB outperformed, and it has since gone straight…
SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY-N)
An index of S&P dividend paying stocks. It yields more than fixed income. Seasonality is coming and once it starts outperforming the market, it is time to buy.
(A Top Pick Oct 03/19, Up 6%) Yields 2.35%, better than fixed income products. This is the ideal hold to generate income. It enjoys higher highs and higher lows. Seasonal tailwinds through the end of the year. Lately it has underperformed the market, so he's a little concerned. He got out of this and into…
Vanguard Growth ETF Portfolio (VGRO-T)
An ETF that is 80% stocks nad 20% bonds. A good way to start investing. There is some international exposure, though it is mainly US.
80% stocks and 20% bonds. Perfect for your child. A great way to start investing. US exposure dominates, but it also offers international exposure.
Vanguard U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (VBU-T)
A play on the US bond market. It is hedged to the Canadian dollar to decrease currency risk. A 2.5% yield.
Buy the hedged version to avoid foreign exchange risk. He prefers the US bond market to the Canadian one in the aggregate.
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe Index (VE-T)
A European multinational equity ETF. Europe had a good quarter and money is coming back to Europe. A cheap way to play the space.
Contains Euro multinationals. Europe finally had a good quarter and money flows have started to flow into Europe. A cheap way to play Europe. As for Brexit, most of the companies within VE have nothing to do with Brexit.
iShares Mortgage Plus ETF (REM-N)
The ETF does not hold physical properties but rather borrows short and lends back long into mortgage backed securities. A big yield of 8.9%.
There is nothing in the mortgage world that pays this kind of rate. You could own it if you are seeking yield but you won’t get a lot of growth in the next couple of years. Add at $40 and sell at $44
iShares MSCI Europe Financial (EUFN-Q)
The ETF tracks financials in Europe which have been beaten down recently. Negative interest rates are also a headwind so the fund is cheap right now. There is good value and a move in fiscal policies will be a catalyst. 6% yield.
ETF with high dividend It holds 30% UK banks. The Brexit story will continue, but a no-deal Brexit is off the table. Expectations for Euro banks can't get lower. EUFN pays a 5% yield. The average company trades below book value. This space is so unloved that it's time to buy.
iShares MSCI SouthKorea E.T.F. (EWY-N)
A Sout Korea equities fund. South Korea has fallen out of favour due to the trade war, but it could bounce back with positive news on trade talks.
A past top pick. South Korea is deeply connected to global supply chains yet been hit hard by the US-China trade war, so it's deep in the bargain bin, yet promises the must upside now. SK is off everyone's radar. Good fundamentals too.
Horizons Equal Weight Canada Banks Index ETF (HEWB-T)
Follows the big 6 Canadian banks. There is no dividend, so you can defer capital gains. Seasonality begins in October.
(A Top Pick Sep 24/19, Up 2%) The banks peaked after that, relative to the market. The end of August was a bottom. They started to break out in October. Earnings in late November needs to be good for the stock to not take a hit, from a seasonal perspective. Watching US financials.
iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas Bond (TLT-Q)
A long US treasuries play. The best asset class to protect your portfolio during an economic recession. Bond portfolio will do well when equities fall.
(A Top Pick Jan 21/19, Up 18%) You aren't going to hear a lot of talk of long dated treasuries. If you go back to 1982 and compare 30 year bonds and equity markets through to today they have done similarly except the bonds have had less volatility. The TLT-T is the best hedge for…
Franklin Liberty Canadian Investment Grade Corporate E (FLCI-T)
A medium risk corporate bonds ETF. Actively managed but with a low management fee. Good for income.
A defensive ETF? If your concern is safety you may want to look elsewhere. This ETF holds investment grade Canadian corporate bonds. It is actively managed, which makes sense for this unique space. It has a lower MER as well (0.4%). Be careful looking at yield. It the yield is listed higher than the bond…
BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond (ZST-T)
A fund that buys bonds under 1-year maturity. You get the higher yield from when bonds had a higher coupon. You are earning yield to maturity with this ETF.
These are very defensive short-term investments. Big assets manage these ETFs. ZST has a higher short-term yield although it is more risky. The risk is off-set by the term being very short.
iUnits S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF (XEG-T)
An energy ETF with oil company holdings. There were announcements of more pipelines being reconsidered. It looks like there is a major bottom forming and if you are bullish, it could be considered.
Energy is a big part of the Canadian story. The world is serious about climate change. We need balance in the transition away from fossil fuels and limiting pipeline capacity is one of the most idiotic way of doing this.
BMO US High Dividend Covered Call ETF (ZWH-T)
A covered call overlay ETF. If you believe the market will remain flat, you get good income from this. Yield around 6%.
BMO Covered Call Cdn Banks ETF (ZWB-T)
A good fund for income. Pays 5% dividend, with possible capital gains. If you think banks will fall or go sideways, this is a good way to play the space.
vs. ZWC ZWC covers the general Canadian market vs. ZWB which covers Canadian banks. If you think banks will do well, ZWB may lag the market, but if the market tumbles, this will fall less.
Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index Fund ETF (MGV-N)
An ETF that holds lots of financials and healthcare. Major holdings include Berkshire Hathaway, JPM and Exxon as well as 300 other securities. A play on value stocks.
Has a lot of financials and healthcare including Berkshire Hathaway, JPM and Exxon among 300 names. 0.70% MER. A good way to play value stocks, and it does okay in a non-value environment. He bought it yesterday.
iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility (XMW-T)
The underlying stocks are characterized by being less vulnerable to the economic cycle. A good long-term diversification play.
For TFSA Unfamiliar with it. For a TFSA, it depends on your age. Focus on international stocks and avoid bonds.
Horizons Global Risk Parity ETF (HRA-T)
A risk balanced portfolio that you can buy and forget. It owns true global diversification with a US dollar hedge.
iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ-N)
An ETF of Brazilian companies where PMI is growing. Not without volatility but there is promise in the economy.
ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ-Q)
A new ETF this year that focuses on pet owners and their expenses. It holds pet pharmaceuticals, food and supply companies.
More Americans own pets (68%) than have children (42%). It's a play for pet owners. It's a new ETF, and it spans pet pharmaceuticals, food and supplies.