Best Canadian ETFs for 2018 - MoneySense

Best Canadian ETFs for 2018

We pick the best Canadian equity ETFs for your portfolio

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All three of our 2017 Canadian equity picks have returned:

  • VCN, mentioned above;
  • XIC: the iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF; and
  • HXT: Horizons S&P/TSX 60 ETF.

The panel was unanimous in retaining all three of these picks, since the trio maintain the lowest management fees among the segment, and HXT is particularly tax efficient and low cost for non-registered portfolios. But the panel agreed with Forstrong’s recommendation to add a fourth ETF, the BMO S&P TSX Capped Composite IDX ETF (ticker ZCN), which has the same rock-bottom annual fee of 0.05% as VCN and XIC. Investors seem to agree: ZCN now has more assets than VCN.


CANADIAN EQUITIES Ticker Management Fee # of Holdings Description
Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index ETF VCN 0.05 212 Exposure to Canadian small, medium and large caps, ultra low fee
iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF XIC 0.05 250 Tracks Canada's best known index with a very low fee
Horizons S&P/TSX 60 ETF HXT 0.03 60 Tax-efficient; rock-bottom 0.03% fee to extend at least till September 2018
NEW! BMO S&P TSX Capped Composite IDX ETF ZCN 0.05 251 Fee as low as VCN and XIC; more assets than VCN

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