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.
If a long term investor, a good buy. Not a good product for day traders. Don't worry about liquidity. Always a buyer for product.
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.
(A Top Pick May 17/22, Down 2.3%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with HMUTL has triggered its stop $17.75. To remain disciplined, we recommend covering the position at this time. When combined with the previous buy recommendation, this will result in net investment loss of 6%.
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.
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.
Doesn't generally like low vols because the performance tends to be lacklustre. But this one has been doing quite well. You could consider this one.
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.
In a rising rate environment, you might want to stick to a shorter term. XSH is a short-term, corporate, investment-grade ETF. Had drawdowns, but not as bad as a typical aggregate bond or high-yield ETF.
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.
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.
A 12-month duration product he likes, which pays a little bit more. Keep for 3-6 months, don't jump in and out. If markets are going to come down 5-10%, nothing wrong with parking money for a bit and having some dry powder.
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.
Gold ETF and outlook? Careful because gold stock beta and gold beta are different. Better to buy gold itself, like this ETG or HUG-T which is cheaper and offers some tax saving.
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.
Price not reflective of yield also included in shares. Yield seeker that will give 6-7% return. Less volatility than other dividend payers. Will include utilities and pipelines.
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.
Much in the US, but doesn't include Canada. 22 bps expense ratio. He likes Canada for value and cyclicality, so he wouldn't want to not have Canada. Europe appears cheap, but Ukraine conflict raises concerns.
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
An ETF that follows the medical device industry. Medical device companies have done very well.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks IHI's MER is actually higher (at 0.39%) than the yield it pays (0.3%). Like the other names here, IHI trades at a low beta, 0.86 to be precise. So, if you're not buying this for income, what's the growth? Let's look at IHI's largest holdings. TMO offers diversity among lab testing,…
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.
options This ETF has hung in there even as gold has flattened. The market bought 10,000 of the April 29 expiring calls, going for 70 cents. This is a breakout. Goldminers will continue to rise and maybe make new 52-week highs.
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.
When the market turns, buying US homebuilders is like catching a falling knife. The risk/reward looks in your favour. Housing shortage in the US. The easy thing to do is to buy the ITB ETF, a great way to not have to make a big bet one way or the other. But you're fighting the…
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.
ETFs for university-aged people When you're that young, invest for growth. XWD and VGRO give you all of that in one place. It allows a globally diverse basket of stocks to be held for the long term.
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.
Basket of European banks, insurers, investment managers, and diversified financial companies. Likes European banks, as they're cheaper than ones in Canada or US. Half the price to book of US financials. 48 bps. A good value play into a sector and a geography that hasn't been performing well until earlier this year, and has a…
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 very long running ETF specializing in South Korea market. You can also look at the Franklin family of country funds. They have competitive MERs.
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.
Good moment to buy Canadian banks? In positive scenario, can expect S&P at 4700 at the end of the year which would be good for Canadian banks. In recession scenario, S&P at 3600. Question is will there be a recession? It is likely and markets haven't priced that in fully.
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.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly We reiterate this defensive holding as a hedge against a pending recession as a TOP PICK. It holds 20-30 year US treasuries. As interest rates are expected to be nearing peak values this is a good entry. US 30 year treasury yields remain within 50 bps of the levels reached…
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.
There's underproduction of oil and supply constraints. Also, US oil reserves were drained before their elections and now needs to be filled whenever oil dips to $70. So, oil has a floor and there remains demand. A good sector to own, especially if China opens next spring. XEG holds Canadian oil stocks, and is market-cap…
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.
Banks are merely okay, but pay good yields. Covered calls work in sideways/down markets and pay extra yield. Not for bullish markets.
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.
Brazil is a good choice for broad emerging markets. Geopolitical risk is present with change of government. Long run, Brazil relies on commodities (oil) to fund economy which is risky.
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.