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Q: Could you tell from which metals (gold, silver, copper, others) these royalties’stocks or ETF are getting their revenues/profits. And in what proportion? If possible, from which countries?
I own OR (gold), SSL (gold only?). Also these stocks: MAG (silver only?), FVI (silver&gold?).
I hope the question is not too complicated. Thanks a lot.
Read Answer Asked by Denise on November 16, 2023
Q: Dear Peter et al:

Thanks for your nice answer to Don's question today. (Friday, the 8th of September) regarding commodities. You gave a nice selection of ETFs. Looking at them they all have high concentration of energy sector and metals. MER in 70 or 80 basis points.

I wondered however if it would be better for me to hold XBM and XEG instead and lessen the fees plus opt for these bigger fund names with much higher market cap.
However I know I will miss sectors like corn, soybean, cotton etc.,

BNN had Mr. Rick Rule yesterday and he is of course a Metals and Mining Guru! This plus your answer to Don's question made me think of taking a small position in commodities . Looking at the most efficient and cost effective way to do his. Any thoughts?

Thank you in advance.

Read Answer Asked by Savalai on September 12, 2023
Q: I listed in descending order securities that under performed since their 2022 highs. Please rank the securities in order of the best chance to recover their losses when we get back to the risk on mode. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Richard on July 25, 2023
Q: Hi,
I was bit surprised by your answer to Kevin's question today about your sector preferences. You had chosen the following: XIT/XRE/XFN/XLY/XLV.

I thought given the current possible recession scenario lurking in the background and also from your own answers to others, you would have chosen XLP, soft or hard landing people need Staples to survive, XEG because of all the uncertainties, XBM/GLD as one expects demand to go up when China opens up. Plus as a hedge against the USD going down.

There must be a reason for your choice. I am curious to find what your rationale was/is.
Read Answer Asked by Savalai on January 31, 2023
Q: I believe in copper investments for long term for various reasons.What would be your choice concerning copper mining stocks ETF,I noticed that COPP holds mostly CDN stocks and COPX is quite diversified geographically.Any other copper mining stock ETFs suggested ?
Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on January 25, 2023
Q: Dear Peter et al:

I see a lot of chatter about rare metals in the media. Some columnists, especially Technical analysts seem to favor this sector. Your answer to a fellow subscriber few months ago seems to lean towards REMX. However, it's returns seem to lag ZMT/XBM.

Do you think there is a role for rare metals at this time in one's portfolio? If so, what is your favorite ETF and why?

Thanks in advance.
Read Answer Asked by Savalai on June 13, 2022
Q: The Economist has a recent article on "seven metals (aluminium, cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, silver and zinc) that are critical to building an electricity economy".

What would be your preferred method of gaining exposure to some or all of these--single stock (no fees but won't touch on all seven materials) or ETF (more diversified but high fees in Canada, eg XBM)? I would be interested in a single stock (not a basket of stocks) for this purpose, or an ETF. Would be grateful if you could please provide suggestions. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Chris on March 31, 2022
Q: My question is on gold /silver / precious metals. Starting to look like gold / metals should be a full position in portfolios. (plese comment)

Can you comment on Etfs verses individual stocks +

Please give me some names I am thinking that some physical gold etf like PHYS should be held please comment also a good etf that covers all the metals c/w mix % suggestions. Thanks for your help with this.
Read Answer Asked by Terence on March 18, 2022
Q: Hi,

I am interested in $Cdn ETFs that are designed for inflation and where the underlying securities have pricing power? If any, do you have a favourite? If you have a favourite, the reasons why?

Many Thanks,
Read Answer Asked by Derek on February 15, 2022
Q: Hello Peter,
With rising rates, it seems that banks, commodities and industrials do well. Can you please suggest some etfs in Canada that would take advantage of those sectors? For the banks, i am thinking xfn and zeb but unsure of the others. Also, the US banks are taking small hits. Do you think canadian banks will follow suit or are they very different? Thanks very much.
Read Answer Asked by umedali on January 19, 2022