“Home bias” is a recognized global phenomenon that prevents domestic investors from being fully diversified across foreign markets. It’s especially prevalent in Canada, where investors still keep 65% of their assets in Canadian equities despite the fact that our stocks only make up 5% of the global market. But the Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-Canada Index ETF (VXC) is an easy way to fix this problem. It invests in mid- and large-cap stocks from everywhere but Canada, and has an MER of just 0.25%.
Source: IMF’s Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey, Barclays Capital, Thomson Reuters Datastream