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Must ETF companies match an investor's amount invested in an ETF?

1Source: p 147, Investing For Canadians For Dummies, 3 Ed (2009) by Tony Martin, Eric Tyson The lack of CDIC insurance on a money market fund shouldn’t trouble you. Mutual fund companies can’t ...
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Does the P/E ratio not apply to bond ETFs?

I cannot seem to find them on any website, but I have seen their existence for stock ETFs. If the answer to the question entitled is 'no', then why not? I exemplify with 2 ETFs: Blackrock (Canada)'s ...
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Funds supermarkets transaction time frames - are all so vague?

When I was buying funds through fund supermarket time frames given were very vague. Trade was supposed to be executed at next "transaction point", without much description when is it. I am guessing ...
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Can I invest RRSP funds in ETFs myself in Canada?

I've just realized that the funds I have much of my RRSP money in has about 2.25% annual fees. All of the funds available to Desjardins RRSP personal accounts have these high fees. I've found VFV.TO, ...
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Index Fund Style: Blend or Value and Growth

I am trying to put together a portfolio and I am looking at ETF index funds. As i cover the different sectors, in the past I have had small, mid cap and large cap funds/etfs with both Growth and value ...
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How to calculate a leveraged ETF's annual return

If a "triple leveraged" ETF which returns are compounded daily is to be calculated for annual return. Will the annual return be three times the annual return of a unlevered S&P 500 index?
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Understanding downside of triple-leveraged ETF

What happens to the price of the triple-leveraged ETF if the S&P 500 loses more than one-third of its value (i.e., the return is below -33 1/3%)? Does it mean the value is equal to zero?
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Are bond ETFs considered low risk in this market?

I'm thinking about moving my money to an automated management service. I've set my risk profile to 3.5 (low) which means they would invest around 35% in bond ETFs. With today's interest rates being ...
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Avoiding tax complexities of REITs

I would like to invest in REITs for their high yield, but would like to avoid their tax complexities. If I buy exposure to REITs through an ETF or mutual fund, will that abstract away the need to do ...
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Avoiding tax complexities of MLPs

I would like to invest in master limited partnerships (MLPs) for their high yield, but would like to avoid their tax complexities. If I buy exposure to MLPs through an ETF or mutual fund, will that ...
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ETL Liquidation and Price of the Security

If an ETL debates liquidating its fund, meaning its board says yes but the shareholders must still vote, and the ETF's price reflects the underlying value of the securities that it holds, what would ...
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What happens when your Canadian ETF shuts down?

I just got a notice that an ETF I own will termiate in 2 months if the shareholders don't vote for an extension. I understand that if I kept the shares until the termination date, I would get a ...
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What are the tax benefits of dividends vs selling stock

When people need to live off there investments they often say to go for funds that pay high dividends, but I'm having trouble understanding what the difference between getting dividends, and selling a ...
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How can I compare the performance of a high dividend funds with other funds and or an index

I've been trying to do some investment due diligence. I'm looking at funds for a family member that needs some dividend income. Some of the high dividend funds that were recommended to me seem to have ...
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Government bonds ETF

I have two government bond ETFs as part of my portfolio. These are IBTS and IBGS, that have 1-3 year bonds of the US and Europe. What happens if interest rates become higher? Will these lose value ...
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How do I determine which ETFs yield more than, but are nearly as safe as, high-rate savings accounts?

Abbreviate High-interest Savings Accounts to HISAs. This question is restricted to ETFs that can be traded in only Canada. This question assumes the superiority of investing in ETFs, over HISAs. ...
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Bond ETFs vs actual bonds

If the goal is to diversify a portfolio and add bond investments in a manner like that described in Intelligent Investor, would owning a bond ETF provide the required diversity or does it need to be ...
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Should you diversify your bond investments across many foreign countries?

I already know, and so ask not, about the benefits and need of bond diversification across different kinds, maturities, and ratings (eg Short- vs Long-term, AAA to corporate). Global diversification ...
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Why would an ETF rebate part of its management fee, rather than reduce it before?

[Moneysense.ca:] For taxable accounts, the Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF (HXT) is back from last year and should appeal to investors who focus on large-cap stocks. But the main reason for ...
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Transfer shares to avoid brokerage fees

I like Fidelity better than Vanguard in regards to web interface and customer service. Vanguard has better funds for the way I wish to invest. Since I plan to invest in a dollar/cost averaging manner ...
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Learning to calculate my total operating costs for ETFs with my provider

I just spoke to my bank who provides an etf trading platform. I am learning to do this and trying to determine the pricing structure of the bank I am dealing with from a transaction I had made: ETF ...
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How to reduce or avoid currency exchange costs when buying and holding etfs

I am living in the UAE and I have opened a trading account to buy and hold etfs. However, the etfs are mainly in U.S. Dollars, euros and Canadian dollars and I am using a dollar cost averaging ...
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Etf currency risk - avoiding it by changing denomination or selling it in a different currency

I am about to purchase international stock and bond ETFs as part of my retirement portfolio. I am concerned re the currency denomination - e.g. I purchase the ETF in Euro and when I start selling it ...
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For long-term savings: Short-term Bond ETFs vs High-interest Savings Accounts

In the Summer 2015 edition of MoneySense magazine, the article Value Hunter (Cash cows for your portfolio) by Norm Rothery, recommends replacing High-interest Savings Accounts (HISAs) with Short-term ...
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Shorting the Shenzen or ChiNext Index

is there any possibility to short the Shenzhen or ChiNext Index as an individual Investor? It seems as there are no options but two ETFs, namely the CSOP SZSE CHINEXT ETF-HKD and the ChinaAMC ...
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Purchasing ETFs when (pretty much) everything else is maxed out

I'm sure we've heard it all before, but I wanna retire early!!!! I've maxed out my 401k at work (pretax) and get close to maxing out a Roth IRA through my bank. I have only student loans as debt ...
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Is it smarter to buy a small amount of an ETF every 2 or 3 months, instead of monthly?

Hereafter, all money is in Canadian Dollars. My relative in Canada buys and holds for the long run. She plans to invest around $2000 of only ETFs monthly. Market timing is hard; so she refuses it. ...
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Is there an ETF or Mutual Fund which tracks James O'Shaugnessy's Trending 25 stock strategy?

The strategy is described here: http://www.valuestockscreener.com/Screens/Details/OShaughnessy_Trending_Value I've found 5 mutual funds at O'Shaugnessy's asset management website (www.osfunds.com) ...
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Is it possible to improve stock purchase with limit orders accounting for volatility?

As a retail investor that puts a certain monthly amount into equity, I was wondering which is the best way to proceed when purchasing stocks. By best I mean the one that would allow me to purchase the ...
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ETF: Does change in underlying positions imply a flow?

If we see that holdings of an ETF had a change on the day, and market cap changed, does that imply that number of outstanding shares has changed as well? Does flow equal to change in number of ...
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Is a single-asset ETF's holdings derivable from its market cap?

Let's consider USO Oil ETF. They track WTI Crude Oil contract. At the close 30/04/2015: they held 46,485 WTI futures their closing price was 20.51 their market capitalisation was 2,772.95m USD front ...
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Why don't commodity ETFs pay dividends?

Is there any obvious reason why commodity ETFs such as GLD, SLV, USO never pay dividends? Is it because the commodity market attracts a lot of speculator/traders/hedgers and not exactly long term ...
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Why buy SPY when there is S&P500?

I don't quite understand the purpose of SPY (SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust) and other S&P500 ETF. If SPY is designed to track the performance of S&P500, why not just buy S&P500(like index ...
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What duration bonds are held by the ETF XBB

I am looking at the bond etf XBB. This ETF mostly holds Canada govt bonds. What I don't understand is what is the duration of these bonds held by the fund?
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Other ETFs of world bonds and stocks (Alternatives to VT and BND)?

For simpler investing, my grandfather wants to buy only 2 ETFs: one that holds only stocks worldwide and one that holds only bonds worldwide. To avoid commission fees, he doesn't want to buy a group ...
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What is the difference between issuing company and holding company in a convertible bond

I am researching convertible bonds in Canada. While looking at the index etf that tracks convertible bonds, CVD What I don't understand is how come the list of Top 10 issuers is different from teh ...
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How does a stock price chart compare to a performance chart?

I'm new to stocks, and trying to determine the historic behaviour of a particular ETF. However, I find that the stock price chart viewable on my investing site and the stock performance listed in the ...
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Why do deep in the money options trade below their intrinsic value?

I have an investment account where I'm currently holding about $200K in SPY shares (S&P 500 index). I'm a bit worried that we are in a bubble, so I'm looking into strategies to hedge my downside. ...
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For an ETF, do different methods of weighting securities improve returns?

[Source:] The S&P 500 is an index that weights 500 companies in order of their market capitalizations – if the market values company A more than company B, then company A is weighted more ...
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How to hedge volatility decreases

My particular options positions are typically a long delta, and long vega. Decreases in implied volatility, or specifically the VIX, can drastically alter the profitability of my position. Is there a ...
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Higher returns from international markets?

I've heard that part of your portfolio should be invested in international markets. One argument for it is higher returns. However, browsing through some funds (FOSFX, FIEUX, FWWFX), all I can see is ...
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Get historical list of companies in Russell 3000 index?

How do I get historical list of Russell 3000 companies. I can get the current list here https://www.russell.com/documents/indexes/membership/membership-russell-3000.pdf since the companies in the ...
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ETFs mirroring consistently outperforming companies?

I read about (mostly the risks of) ETFs that try to replicate hedge funds, such as http://www.etf.com/etf-education-center/21043-article-46-alternatives-etfs-can-an-etf-replicate-a-hedge-fund.html ...
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Exchange rate $ ETF,s

I'm confused by the recent conversation on exchange rates $ ETF's listed on multiple exchanges. Say I buy an ETF that mirrors the S&P 500 (say IUSA) in GBP rather than the same fund in $US (IDUS). ...
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Can expense ratios for certain ETFs differ between brokerages?

I have an account with two different online brokers. I've noticed when comparing the two sites, that one of them seems to have lower expense ratios for ETFs than the other. Is this possible or am I ...
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How does shorting ETFs work? What are the costs and tax implications?

If I short an ETF stock, how does it work from the cost and tax perspective? Do I get charged ETF expense ratio? (does not make sense to me) If underlying stocks issue dividends, am I charged them? ...
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Is there a way to avoid short-term capital gains taxes on bond funds?

It appears that most bond ETFs pay out monthly distributions from interest earnings. Is there a way to directly reinvesting the earnings on the fund without triggering a taxable event? Are there any ...
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Does it make sense to invest in bonds when interest rates are likely to rise? [closed]

Thinking about a possible increase in interest rates in the future, does it make sense to invest in bonds? Would the price of a bond fund holding mostly AAA rated Fannie/Freddie issues, and medium ...
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understanding percentage logic for an ETF holdings

I am looking into some ETF's and i came across something which I didn't understand. Some of the information that I am looking into are Total Holdings, Top 10 holdings and percent assets in Top 10. ...
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Determine if my foreign taxes resulted from ordinary or qualified dividends?

My 1099-DIV lists an amount in box 6 for 'foreign tax paid'. These are a result of an emerging markets ETF I own. However, TaxAct is asking whether these are Foreign source ordinary dividends or ...