Our Mega List of the Latest ETFs Mentioned on Stockchase
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.
In general, US financials have had trouble tracking the S&P. He's underweight financials. Net interest margins, loan losses, economic uncertainty. Had moved up, but now back down.
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.
Global utilities are a good source of dividends and yields. When you own global utilities, it is treated as income. ZWU, the Canadian version, should go in the taxable account and HUTL in a registered account.
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.
Great. A core holding. Low cost, pure beta play. Bullish on EM. They've underperformed for the last 11 years, and they're set for a long period of outperformance. The issue is that it's still 40% tech, and he's moving away from tech. Look at DEM instead, as it overweights EM companies that have higher dividends…
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.
Won't see much tech in ETFs like this. It is not guaranteed to go up when the markets go down, but generally, should do better in volatility. Not a bad idea to increase exposure to low volatility here.
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.
An ETF that holds short-term bank papers that are hard to buy individually. An alternative to not earning any money in a bank account. The fact that it shot up was a warning that it markets were in trouble.
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 Aug 05/20, Down 16%) We have seen gold decrease. He does not hold gold at this point. It has underperformed since last August due to rising rates. On a seasonal basis there are times when gold does well and we have just passed one of them. The next one is July 12th…
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.
(A Top Pick Oct 29/19, Down 1%) This is more of a diversifier. You get exposure outside Canada, and to sectors like healthcare, consumer staples, consumer discretionary. Focused on large cap companies.
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.
(A Top Pick Oct 29/19, Up 6%) Tough go for anything equity related. Tries to find higher quality companies with good balance sheets that perform better in a drawdown.
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.
(A Top Pick Oct 24/19, Up 4%) Has underperformed as of late, because of the tech push, but longer term it's had lower volatility. Makes sense for those investors who want less octane in the portfolio, but returns that follow the S&P.
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.
(A Top Pick Oct 23/19, Up 19%) He continues to hold it. Gold and the market will be at the same level once the pandemic is over. He would rather have both the market and gold. The underlying stocks are in US dollars which he values.
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.
If you have a growth part of your portfolio, it should be in the TFSA. You want maximum growth in TFSA so he would not recommend it for these accounts.
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 likes ZWU, a basket of telecoms and pipelines, where you get the high yield plus the covered call option premiums.
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.
Billy Kawasaki’s Insights - Billy’s most-liked answers from 5i Research. It is a large and cheaper fund that is good for ex Canada exposure. There is less exposure than other ETFs in tech and health care but it has wide appeal to most investors for non-Canadian exposure for diversification. Unlock Premium - Try 5i Free
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
An ETF that follows the medical device industry. Medical device companies have done very well.
Happy to own this, outperforming XLV, for instance. It's diversified. ZUH is another option, because it covers pharmas, hospital management and other areas. IHI, as a hospital provider, is pretty good.
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.
Depending on the vectors you want exposure to, these are his favourite ways to play the gold sector. He believes the world will be in a low interest rate environment for years to come. Gold will outperform.
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.
His preference among the US homebuilders, and which also has a home renovation component. Supply/demand dynamics speak to years and years of home building.
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.
A balanced ETF for a retiree's income portfolio Vanguard has a few such as VGRO, which automatically rebalance. They're popular, but he doesn't use them. He didn't like their performance in RRSPs. Invest only a portion of your portfolio into such a rebalancing ETF; that's okay. Instead, look at covered call ETFs he recommends, because…
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.
(A Top Pick Jan 24/20, Up 2%) He likes Europe. Banks there have been under a lot of pressure. He expects North American banks to do well, but Euro banks are really cheap--and are essential to VE-T.
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%.
(A Top Pick Sep 26/19, Down 30%) He bought more in the March trough. Performance has been disappointing. Still holds a small position. It bounced back partly since March. The value and expectations in mortgage REITs is so low now, so he still holds a small position of this. This is trading well below book…
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.
European financials. Boasts great earnings growth and good loan growth. She expects good surprises. The German election is a potential catalyst.
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 Top Pick Nov 03/20, Up 37%) One of the Covid winners. He's reduced exposure now, no longer a bang the table buy, though it will do OK. He'd look for more sectors that are growth or commodity oriented.
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.
Represents the 20+ year maturity of the USD treasuries. You get USD exposure and the long duration exposure. For a Canadian portfolio, if we get a deflationary wave, the USD and long bonds do well.
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.
It holds all investment-grade bonds, cheap cost at 15 basis points, and lasts only for a two-year duration.
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.
Average adviser clients would have 5-20% allocation in energy. It is cyclical and volatile. It could go down. Wouldn't recommend holding more than 20% weighting in the sector. Current energy weighting on the TSX is 12%.
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%.
A good quality holding. Depends what you are holding out of an investment. Provides more income with the covered calls. In a high growth market, you do underperform. Good for income investors.
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.
If the Trudeau government wins, then they will impose a surtax. He would wait here since it is not priced in probably. There is also volatility from Chinese real estate and US debt ceiling. Gotta love Canadian banks long term. Could get a better deal.
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.
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.
(A Top Pick Jan 29/19, Up 1.5%) Global Risk Parity balances the risk of growth and inflation. It balances the risks to keep you level. The peak draw down was 12% -- very manageable in the context of recent volatility.
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.