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.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Those looking for global diversification, invested in utilities, with an enhanced yield will like HUTL. We like that about one-third of the portfolio is in US equities, Canada is just over 10%, with Europe representing the rest. It uses a covered-call writing strategy to boost the dividend yield from a…
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.
Generally, likes the emerging markets. They'll lead the way in the vaccine recovery, and benefit from a weaker US dollar. Its largest weighting is in China, with lots of very strong tech names. EM is probably underowned right now. A good hold for the next 2-3 years.
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 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.
Utilities are a natural place to go to diversify with lower risk. Rate sensitive. Has BCE, Telus, telcos as well as pipelines on top of utilities. Will consistently return 6% to investor with limited volatility.
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.
This ETF has smashed it over the past 5 years. Medical devices are a hybrid of tech and healthcare, which he really likes. Problem is that market enthusiasm and growth are priced in here already (like the FAANGs). Take profits.
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.
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.
[Caller wanted a recommendation to invest very long term] HRAA has a component of risk parity in it. It will do well in a liquidity moment. VGRO is also very diversified. Put it away and let it work.
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.
(A Top Pick Sep 26/19, Down 18%) Expectations and valuations for European banks are so low now and have been so battered. A good sign is that Europe is moving towards a discal union. This ETF is poised for a massive cyclical bounce. At least, you're paid to wait with this ETF.
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.
South Korean stocks are undervalued. The economy is resilient, having endured Covid well and totally integrated into world supply chains. It's benefitted from some supply chain shift away from China. South Korea is attracting more foreign capital flows. Samsung is EWY's biggest holding at 22%.
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.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly TLT is an ETF that represents US 20 long term treasury bonds of a term of 20+ years. Yields on these treasuries have been rising steadily since the pandemic based market collapse last March from under 1.00% to 2.25% now. This is a precautionary holding, to protect in the event…
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.
The world is moving away from oil, but in the short term, there could be increased demand to supply. If oil is $60-$80, oil stocks are pretty cheap. Likes the sector to trade, but not for the long term. The biggest investors in green energy are these traditional energy companies.
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%.
There is space for these ETFs for yield seekers. One of the challenges in 2020 was that dividend paying stocks did terrible relative to technology that does not pay dividends. Still likes them for conservative 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.
ZEB is equal weight where as ZWB is equal weight banks with a covered call overlay. When you think the markets will go sideways or down, covered calls will perform better. However, the covered call gives away some of the upside potential so if you are bullish on growth, forego 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.