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Perspective on market volatility. The US election, the virus, and global trade tensions all contribute to uncertainty in the markets. Make sure your portfolio is really prepared. Gold, oil, stocks, and bonds will all respond differently to various outcomes.
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Strategy on oil. Two dynamics at work, inflation and growth, and those dynamics cross and you get 4 regimes. Different asset classes respond differently to the different regimes. Oil does well in rising inflation or accelerating growth. We've had a significant increase in liquidity to fight the pandemic. If suddenly there's a vaccine, commodity prices could take off and overwhelm the opportunity for the economy to grow. So, have a balanced portfolio across the 4 regimes. Make sure it hasn't been thrown out of whack by the disinflationary boom where large tech stocks have come to dominate the market indices.
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DON'T BUY

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 more operating leverage if you're confident gas prices will rise. HOG is a bit more conservative.

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DON'T BUY

As good as VDY or ZDV. They all suffer from the same sector exposure, with large exposure to financials. With low interest rates, there's risk to owning financial services companies. Think twice about any overexposure to financials.

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BUY

The large gold companies in Canada. Contrast to ZGD, which is BMO's equal weight gold global producers. Gold exposure is important to buffer inflationary shocks. Most portfolios are underexposed to asset classes that can provide returns when inflation starts.

E.T.F.'s
PARTIAL BUY
Long-term outlook for solar and increased efficacy in technology is inevitable. You also have the war against carbon. A long-term, secular bull market. Tough to say how this would play out in an election. It will have volatility, so you could buy the dips. The "explore" part of your portfolio, not the "core".
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WEAK BUY
Nice thing is they take a portion of the portfolio and write covered calls on it, so you get some income as you go along and it takes out some of the volatility. You underperform a bit, but you get the income. Not the best way if you're bullish on gold. With this ETF, you get the best of both worlds.
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