ETF All-Stars: Full List

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Canadian ETF All-Stars

ETF Ticker Management Fee # of Holdings Description
Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index ETF VCN 0.05% 221 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 2017

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U.S. ETF All-Stars

ETF Ticker Management Fee # of Holdings Description
iShares Core S&P US Total Market Index ETF XUU 0.07% 3,693 NEW! Replaces VUN because of slightly lower cost
Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF VFV 0.08% 508 Provides unhedged exposure to the S&P500 at a very low cost
Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-hedged) VSP 0.08% 508 Provides currency-hedged exposure to the S&P 500 at no extra cost

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International ETF All-Stars

ETF Ticker Management Fee # of Holdings Description
iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada Index ETF XAW 0.21% 5,833 Global all-cap fund that's lower cost and tax efficient
iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF XEF 0.20% 2,408 Broad coverage of Europe, Japan & Australia
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index ETF VEE 0.23% 4,249 Emerging Markets index that tracks China A shares

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Fixed-income ETF All-Stars

ETF Ticker Management Fee # of Holdings Description
BMO Aggregate Bond Index ETF ZAG 0.09% 617 NEW! Lowest-cost bond ETF in Canada, replaces VAB
Vanguard Canadian Short-term Bond Index ETF VSB 0.10% 336 Government and corporate bonds with average term of three years
BMO Discount Bond Index ETF ZDB 0.09% 79 Tax-friendly alternative for non-registered accounts
First Asset 1-5 Year Laddered Government Strip Bond Index ETF (BXF) BXF 0.20% 25 Unique structure beats other short-term bond funds after tax
BMO Laddered Preferred Share Index ETF ZPR 0.45% 170 Five-year ladder of "rate reset" preferred shares

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3 comments on “ETF All-Stars: Full List

  1. I would argue that HXT would be great in long-term registered accounts as well. You get the benefit of automatic reinvestment with no commissions. In fact, I’ve chosen to include HXT in all of my registered accounts and not in my non-registered account, because of the great tax treatment of eligible dividends and the fact that I need income.


  2. What is your take on Indonesian ETF’s, there strongest performers right now?


  3. Awaiting moderation for days? Don’t think so — any criticism of the choices will be deleted. Editorial thin skin or delusions of grandeur that cannot be challenged?


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