While geopolitical concerns between Russia and the Ukraine have dominated headlines, the main headwind for assets has been inflation and central bank efforts to tame its effects through the unwinding of many COVID-19-response policies.
It’s becoming apparent that maintaining a green agenda and keeping the price of fossil fuels low is impossible with the current infrastructure. Although the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, is unlikely to be resurrected, Canadian energy companies are currently in discussions with the government to explore ways of increasing utilization of existing pipelines and exporting oil through railway.
The BMO MSCI USA High Quality Index ETF (ZUQ) provides an efficient way for investors to easily access a portfolio of high-quality, blue-chip companies that are well positioned for the current environment, but seem to have been unfairly punished by the recent sell-off in technology stocks.
After months of escalating tension, Russia launched a full-scale invasion into Ukraine on Thursday, which sent markets into turmoil. As an illustration of the heightened unease, market indicators, such as the VIX Index and various credit spread indicators, remain elevated.
This week, the Fed raised its key interest rate by another 75 basis points in an effort to tame inflation. As we teeter between a soft and hard landing, could this aggressive move tip the scales? In today’s episode, portfolio managers Alfred Lee, Matt Montemurro, and your host, Mark Raes, discuss how the market seems to be striking off bad news. They also look at mid-year tax-loss selling, a big week for Nasdaq companies, and a potential commodity supercycle.
After a volatile start to the year, headline risk stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 takes a backseat to sticky inflation. As a result, investors are faced with a potential economic slowdown unlike any seen before. How should they prepare? In this episode, Alfred Lee and Erika Toth discuss the latest quarterly Portfolio Strategy and Fixed Income Strategy Reports, including current views on inflation’s trajectory, portfolio construction across various asset classes, real yields, structural supply issues, and strategies for protecting against falling equities.
Under the cloud of a potential recession, investors are looking for shorter-term solutions, such as money market ETFs, to weather the storm with rate protection. In today’s episode, portfolio managers Alfred Lee, Chris McHaney, and your host, Kevin Prins, discuss which direction the sideways market will go. They also look at income-oriented solutions, oil and gas markets, and Canadian housing.
This week, the Bank of Canada surprised markets by raising interest rates by a whopping 100 basis points. In today’s episode, portfolio managers Chris Heakes and Matt Montemurro, as well as your host, Mark Raes, discuss how central banks so badly misjudged inflation and what it means for the chances of an economic downturn. They also look at short-term bonds, energy, U.S. equity markets, and ESG investing.
With a possible recession on the horizon, investors are wondering if there are similarities between the current environment and economic downturns in 2008 and 2020. In today’s episode, portfolio managers Chris McHaney, Alfred Lee, and your host, Mark Raes, discuss what makes this situation different. They also look at the yield curve, mortgage-backed securities, dividend ETFs, and Canadian banks.
In this special episode, Sohrab Movahedi, Chris Heakes and Daniel Stanley dive into second quarter results from Canada’s “Big Six,” discussing their outlook for Financials, how banks weather uncertainty, metrics that can help gauge the economy’s strength, and real estate. They also look at strategies to hedge against inflation, including the BMO Canadian Dividend ETF (ZDV) and the BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF (ZWC).
Given ongoing uncertainties around interest rates, inflation, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict, what approach should Advisors and investors be taking when it comes to portfolio construction? In this episode, Alfred Lee and Erika Toth discuss the latest quarterly Portfolio Strategy and Fixed Income Strategy Reports, including asset allocation considerations, the outlook for the Energy, Banks, and Real Estate Investment Trusts sectors, and fixed income positioning.
The new BMO Canadian Bank Income Index ETF (Ticker: ZBI) is an innovation in fixed income, but how does it fit into a portfolio? In this episode, Alfred Lee and Rob Butler dive deep into the benefits of fixed income ETFs, the process behind creating ZBI and the objectives in crafting its investment exposure, the three components that make up ZBI, and expectations for the future.
In this special episode, Sohrab Movahedi, Chris Heakes and Daniel Stanley dive into first quarter results from Canada’s “Big Six,” discussing major performance drivers such as the Omicron variant, geopolitical conflict, and interest rates. Our experts also offer multiple ways to gain exposure, focusing on the BMO Equal Weight Banks Index ETF (ZEB) and BMO Covered Call Canadian Banks ETF (ZWB).
2021 was a strong year for markets and a record year for ETFs. But what’s the outlook for 2022? In this episode, Danielle Neziol and Mark Raes discuss hot topics including responsible investing, inflation, and the recent rotation towards the banking and energy sectors. Listen as our experts examine BMO ETFs that offer investors a chance to access — or hedge against — these big trends.
In this special episode, Sohrab Movahedi, Chris Heakes and Daniel Stanley dig deeper into fourth quarter results from Canada’s “Big Six,” taking stock of the past year and putting a spotlight on major performance drivers – such as inflation, interest rates and the pandemic. Our experts also offer multiple ways to gain exposure, focusing on the BMO Equal Weight Banks Index ETF (ZEB) and BMO Covered Call Canadian Banks ETF (ZWB).
Canadian residents who are non-U.S. citizens may be surprised to know that US dollar currency conversion costs and U.S. estate tax liability may apply to them. But how can you protect your valued greenbacks? In this episode, Danielle Neziol and Chris Heakes discuss how investing in Canadian-listed, US-dollar-traded ETFs offers defensive exposure and portfolio diversification, and provides options to generate income and growth.
Protecting your portfolios is important – but so is capturing growth. When markets enter a volatile period, how should investors balance the risk-reward tradeoff? In this episode, Danielle Neziol and Chris Heakes discuss an innovative factor-based strategy known as Low Volatility that only invests in companies with low beta values. Listen in as our experts look under the hood of BMO’s custom suite of low volatility ETFs, and see which investment product is right for you.