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Q: How do you think the European markets will do vs the US markets going forward 5+ years? Do you think the US market will outperform Europe or would you be in both markets? If so, what would the % split be?
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Read Answer Asked by Ozzie on April 06, 2021

Q: Do you have a preference between HXS.CA vs HXS.U and HXQ.CA vs HXQ.U and could you comment on HXX - would it be the same as the others with the exception of the focus on Europe?
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Read Answer Asked by Ozzie on April 02, 2021

Q: Hi 5i team,
For my RRSP, I would like to invest in a developed Europe ETF. In your opinion, giving the fallout of the pandemic, would it better to invest in a broad index ETF like VE or a concentrated blue chips index like HXX? Which is your favorite developed Europe ETF for C$ RRSP? Which is your favorite Asia ETF (excluding Japan)? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Willie on January 13, 2021

Q: These ETF's are TRI or Total Return Index ETF's. They pay out no distributions of dividends and no ROC. I'm guessing that they reinvest all the payouts and subtract the fees. Since they do this would you expect that there is no CRA paperwork to complete unless you sell units which would trigger capital gains. What is your opinion of holding these in a passive corp as I think Canadian dividends would be taxed higher in the passive corp and these only produce capital gains? I am looking at the HXQ (Nasdaq 100) so I do not have to complete the T1135 paperwork and stay in CDN $.

Read Answer Asked by Terry on October 01, 2018

Q: I have a sizeable position in the Mawer balanced fund in my non-registered account from the sale of house a couple years ago. I have treated this as a standalone portfolio so that should I decide to use the funds for a large purchase such as another house, I do not need to make a larger number of trades to rebalance my main portfolio.

As I do not anticipate using the funds for a number of years, I have been considering replacing MAW104 with Horizon's swap based ETFs to defer any taxable income and create a balanced portfolio from the 5 funds. My thought is that over a number of years the tax savings and reduced MER may outweigh the potential returns of the actively managed fund.

My main reservations in proceeding are the liquidity of these ETFs through an economic downturn or major market sell off, and with the solid long term returns of the MAW104 fund, is there really much upside in making the switch?

Appreciate your thoughts.

Read Answer Asked by Jeffrey on May 28, 2018