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.
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.
It's a good place to start, low-cost and liquid. Long-term this is set up for a good return. But this is very broad-based, overweighting the winners of recent years. He prefers specific
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.
Get similar or better returns with less risk, beta, volatility. Well constructed product. Skews more to certain sectors like utilities and financial services, so you'll see underperformance. For 5-10-15-20 years, it's a thoughtful way to get returns from the market. Try XMV, which creates a portfolio of minimum volatility. You could use these 2 ETFs…
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 Oct 29/19, Up 26%) Uses futures contracts, not physical gold. Gold does well in an inflationary environment.
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.
Loves the holding for investors seeking attractive yield on a diversified basis. It does have some risk like exposure to the pipelines. There are telcos and utilities as well in the ETF. A great diversified holding. As interest rates stay low, it can provide good yield with less volatility than the broader market.
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.
With the MSCI, you get 2000 companies worldwide. You don't need another all-world fund since there will be correlation risk. It's a fundamental way to get into the stock market. He would wait and see what happens in the market, since he believes we'll see an opportunity to buy at a cheaper price.
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
An ETF that follows the medical device industry. Medical device companies have done very well.
It specializes in medical devices and equipment. He has held this over a year and a half. He likes the diversification it offers. He is not sure which of the holdings are involved in manufacturing defibrillators.
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.
Going on two years, he's been bullish on gold and gold miners. Gold miners are the biggest position in all his defensive portfolios. It will be more volatile than it has been, but he believes there is still lots of room to run still.
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.
Home Construction? These go in cycles and he thinks we are at the bottom of the current one and he is back looking. You have to think if demand increases and interest rates remain low, there will be pent up demand, especially when people return to work. Plus there is a good boom in 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.
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.
For RRSP? Europe is primed for a good 2020; he's bullish Europe, contrary to other analysts. The Euro is more stable than many think. France is showing an uptick. Europe looks good for the coming decade in terms of expected returns. Growth profiles between Europe and the US are not that different.
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%.
He still like this. Bond markets are hitting record lows with the 10-year yield. The Fed could drop rates in a surprise move; Powell is more pro-active now to cut rates. The lifeblood of mortgage REITs is a steepening yield curve. Meanwhile, you collect a nice dividend of 7.87%.
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.
(A Top Pick Sep 26/19, Up 4%) Europe has zero expectations for growth, so this was a reluctant top pick. Europe has been left for dead. Long-term though, this should be fine, because of rock-bottom interest rates there, there's a move from bonds into stocks.
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 Sep 26/19, Up 1%) Before the virus, Asian countries like South Korea were outperforming, and he feels this area has been unfairly sold off. South Korea will rebound, likely in the second half of 2020. If you own this, hold it.
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 Sep 23/19, Up 15%) He's owned this since 2015. He feels bond yields will decline. As debt increases in the world, it stalls growth and leads to lower bond yields. During economy uncertainty, Canadian holders benefit from a weakening US dollar and lower yields, a double whammy. He will add to his…
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.
Challenge with buying US ETFs that participate in MLPs is that they're not favourable to a Canadian investor. Withholding tax of 15-30%. Be very, very careful on the MLPs. If you want gas exposure, think about XEG or ZEO. Most bang for the buck would be the HED, with small cap exposure. Small caps have…
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%.
They are both high dividend covered call ETFs. They have underperformed compared to tech and growth stocks. If you want good dividend paying stocks, it is a fine investment for buy and hold. They only write the options on half the positions to enhance yield.
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.
The rule of thumb is, if you are bullish, then you don't want the headwind of the covered call overlay. If you are concerned about sideways or downside risk, then you want the additional yield from the covered call.
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.