Best Canadian ETFs

Daren's Picks for Canadian ETFs

Here's a list of low-cost Canadian ETFs you can consider using for each major asset class. All of these ETFs are listed on the Canadian stock exchange and can be easily purchased using your self-directed brokerage account.

Each ETF listed in the asset class follows a slightly different index. Changing from one ETF to another within each asset class should be permitted for tax loss selling without triggering superficial trade rules*.

Low-Cost Portfolio ETFs

Balanced Portfolios (60% Stocks)

VBAL.TO - Vanguard Balanced ETF Portfolio (0.22% fee)

Aggressive Portfolios (80% Stocks)

VGRO.TO - Vanguard Growth ETF Portfolio (0.22% fee)

Conservative Portfolios (40% Stocks)

VCNS.TO - Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio (0.22% fee)

Low-Cost Stock ETFs

Global Stocks

XAW.TO - iShares MSCI All Country World ex-Canada Index (0.20% fee)
VXC.TO - Vanguard FTSE Global All Cap ex-Canada Index (0.25% fee)

Canadian Broad Stocks

XIC.TO - iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index (0.05% fee)
VCN.TO - Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index (0.05% fee)
HXT.TO - Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Total Return Index (0.03% fee)

Canadian Dividend Stocks

ZDV.TO - BMO Canadian Dividend (0.35% fee)
XDIV.TO - iShares MSCI Canada HQ Dividend Index (0.10% fee)
CDZ.TO - iShares Canadian Dividend Aristocrats (0.60% fee)

U.S. Broad Stocks

XUU.TO - iShares S&P U.S. Total Market Index (0.07% fee)
ZSP.TO - BMO S&P 500 Index (0.08% fee)
HXS.TO - Horizons S&P 500 Total Return Index (0.10% fee)

U.S. Dividend Stocks

XDU.TO - iShares MSCI U.S. HQ Dividend Index (0.14% fee)
ZDY.TO - BMO U.S. Dividend (0.30% fee)
VGG.TO - Vanguard NASDAQ U.S. Dividend Appr. Index (0.28% fee)

Developed Countries Stocks

XEF.TO - iShares MSCI EAFE IMI Index (0.20% fee)
ZEA.TO - BMO MSCI EAFE Index (0.20% fee)
VIU.TO - Vanguard FTSE Developed All Cap Ex-NA Index (0.20% fee)

Emerging Markets Stocks

VEE.TO - Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index (0.23% fee)
XEC.TO - iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index (0.25% fee)

Low-Cost Bond & Preferreds ETFs

Canadian Short-Term Bonds

XSB.TO - iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index (0.09% fee)
VSB.TO - Vanguard Canadian Short Term Bond Index (0.10% fee)
ZST.TO - BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond (0.15% fee)

Canadian Broad Bonds

XBB.TO - iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index (0.09% fee)
ZDB.TO - BMO Discount Bond Index (0.09% fee)
VAB.TO - Vanguard Canadian Aggregate Bond Index (0.12% fee)

Canadian Short-Term Corporate Bonds

XSH.TO - iShares Short-Term Corporate + Maple Bond Index (0.09% fee)
ZCS.TO - BMO Short Corporate Bond Index (0.10% fee)
VSC.TO - Vanguard Canadian Short-Term Corporate Bond Index (0.10% fee)

Canadian Preferred Stocks

ZPR.TO - BMO Laddered Preferred Share Index (0.45% fee)
CPD.TO - iShares S&P/TSX Preferred Share Index (0.45% fee)

Low-Cost Real Asset Exposure ETFs

Real Estate Stocks

XRE.TO - iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index (0.55% fee)
ZGI.TO - BMO Global Infrastructure Index (0.55% fee)
ZRE.TO - BMO Equal Weight REIT Index (0.55% fee)
VRE.TO - Vanguard FTSE Canadian Capped REIT Index (0.35% fee)

Mining Stocks

XGD.TO - iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index (0.55% fee)
ZGD.TO - BMO Equal Weight Global Gold Index (0.55% fee)
XMA.TO - iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index (0.55% fee)

Metals Funds

CGL.TO/CGL-C.TO - iShares Hedged/Gold Bullion (0.50% fee)
SVR.TO/SVR-C.TO - iShares Hedged/Silver Bullion (0.60% fee)

All funds and management fees listed are believed accurate as of December 11, 2017. Fund details are changed from time to time; always check the fund provider website before purchasing. I invest in ETFs which may from time to time include the ETFs listed here; however, I do not derive any financial benefit nor do I collect any revenue should you invest in the securities listed.

*Please confirm superficial trade rules with your professional accountant.

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