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Q: Can I have your opinion on the risk/reward for Small Caps in general right now? Some analysts are suggesting Small Cap valuations are currently low based on their historical position relative to larger cap companies and should “revert to the mean” in the medium term. If you were to invest in this theme what ETF would you use? As always your insights are greatly appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on September 07, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

The most recent question about XMD was on Feb. 23.

For a combined portfolio that is skewed somewhat more heavily to larger-cap stocks, could XMD make a good addition? From the iShares website: "Targeted exposure to mid-cap and small-cap Canadian equities". (I can trade this ETF commission-free.) XMD holds 175 stocks, many of which are favoured by 5i, but of course it also holds some that have fallen out of favour. Please suggest alternative Canadian and US ETFs that you may consider "better" but have the same overall goals of XMD.

As always, your advice is important.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on October 19, 2021

Q: Brian Belski of BMO has been on CNBC 2-3 times recently.

Looking at global investment opportunities he is consistent in rating USA as still his favourite.

BUT he beats the drum more vigorously for CANADA.

Do you agree with him?

More importantly what etf (s) would you recommend to capitalize on Canada’s upside potential and relative cheapness compared to the USA.

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Donald on September 20, 2021

Q: Hi,

I want to get my investments into more manageable ETFS. If you had to invest in only 3 ETFs for the Canadian market in the next few years, what would they be? Could you give me a list of some top contenders?

Read Answer Asked by Graeme on March 02, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
I've recently seen a market summary which indicates that over both the past 3 months and the past year the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index has outperformed each of the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the DJIA, the Standard & Poors 500 and even the NASDAQ, significantly.
Accordingly, I'm wondering if there are ETFs that track the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index exclusively and, if so, what your comments are about them?

Read Answer Asked by Peter on January 04, 2021

Q: Hi,

Can you name a few CDN etf's that you'd recommend for a long term hold that emphasize CDN high growth companies?

Can you name a few US etf's that you'd recommend for a long term hold that emphasize CDN high growth companies?

Read Answer Asked by Graeme on January 04, 2021

Q: Hello Peter, I just noticed that numbers comparing the TSX Composite vs the Venture Composite Indexes are striking. In the past 3 months, the Venture is up 48% compared to the broader index's 9%. And over the past 6 months, the Venture is up 30% compared to the main index's negative 7%. Do you know of an ETF or other way to invest in the Venture? More importantly, would you be inclined to make such an investment (as a smallish portion of a 60 year old's portfolio)? And if you would be more or less inclined to do so NOW, please let us know. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by James on August 06, 2020

Q: Dear 5i,
I would like to spice-up my portfolios with small allocations to some small/mid-cap/thematic/sector ETFs. The Active ETF's can be sold on a US or CDN exchange and the holdings can be in any country. Can you suggest as many as you can so I can do some further research. (ie ARK products look interesting to me)

thanks for your suggestions

Read Answer Asked by Ian on July 31, 2020

Q: If one was to buy some of the out of favour trends as mentioned in this article, what are some of the US and CAD ETFs that you recommend?

Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Hua on June 01, 2020

Q: I had some money in Mawer New Canada Fund (small caps)
is there another mutual fund of high quality that you would consider as small cap
or an ETF for small cap (Canada)?


Read Answer Asked by Michael on June 13, 2019