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Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and 5i Team,

Do you have a recent opinion of HUC? I'm thinking of it as a way to use dividends from our other holdings to periodically buy shares, as we can buy and sell HUC at no cost with iTrade. Being underweight in the energy sector, holding only ENB and PKI, I'm thinking that it's a good way to "dip our toes" into this commodity ETF. I do understand that HUC can be volatile, and has relatively high fees, but as a managed ETF, its MER doesn't seem to me to be excessive.

Your thoughts please, and thanks in advance.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on January 09, 2022

Q: I own XEI, ALA, and TOUr but little oil.

I'm hoping to buy base metals and oil in an CDN etf. Do you think this is a good idea and what would you recommend?
I'm hoping to buy base metals and oil in an US etf. Do you think this is a good idea and what would you recommend?

Read Answer Asked by Graeme on June 03, 2021

Q: It appears oil prices are headed up this year but shares of companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell and Suncor among others have lagged behind the oil market itself, and stock prices havenít returned to pre-pandemic levels for a number of reasons that have nothing to do with the price of oil. Is there any other investment vehicle that would better reflect the rise in oil prices? How about OIL on the nyse?

Read Answer Asked by Murray on March 04, 2021

Q: About investing in oil directly, here is some information members should know. Please correct me if I am wrong: Although Horizon ETF "HUC.TO" is less liquid than "USO", it has a an advantage over it in this environment: It holds the December contract, not the next 2 months contracts. In other words, USO bets on oil in the short term, and HUC.TO bets on oil in 7 months.

From Horizon: "HUCís unique methodology is designed to provide the best possible exposure to the commodity. This is done by gaining exposure to the winter months (December) contract of each year, which is often the most liquid, to eliminate the monthly futures contract roll which often creates negative roll yield. Because the oil market is most typically in a state of contango (upward sloping curve), the process of providing investors exposure to the near- month contract 12 times per year creates a constantly changing underlying investment which can prevent the ETF from accurately tracking the commodity. HUC invests only in the December contract and executes its underlying exposure roll once per year, each June."

Read Answer Asked by Matt on April 21, 2020