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ETFs: The investments behind SmartFolio’s affordable performance

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  • Enjoy the benefits of having a professionally-managed ETF portfolio at a low cost
  • Choose from a range of account types including TFSAs, RRSPs, RESPs and RRIFs
  • See what’s happening with your holdings on a daily basis

BMO ETFs have been recognized for their performance year after year in a number of categories1

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, are at the heart of SmartFolio’s affordability and adaptability. If you’ve ever wondered what ETFs are, or what makes them a good choice for building a diversified investment portfolio, we’ll try to cover the basics for you here.

What’s an ETF?

ETFs are similar to Mutual Funds or Index Funds, which combine a variety of stocks, bonds, and other investments into one fund. But there are some key differences:

McKenzie Box, Senior Product Manager at BMO Global Asset Management, explains what ETFs are, along with some of their features
                    and benefits. Click to play. Understanding ETFs with McKenzie Box
  • A Mutual fund is actively managed to meet the fund’s objectives, and tries to pick the best performing investments to beat the market
  • An index fund is a passive investment that tries to represent the entire stock market, and deliver average returns as the market grows overall
  • An ETF is traded on the stock exchange, and could be on either end of the spectrum, tracking a particular investment strategy or existing index

ETFs give you the benefit of owning dozens of stocks, bonds and more, without the costs associated with holding and trading them, so you can easily diversify your portfolio. ETFs also typically have lower management expense ratios (MERs) than other investments, since they are built to minimize costs which get passed on to you.

Here are a few more of the benefits of ETFs at a glance:

  • Liquidity – they can be bought and sold anytime during the stock exchange’s trading hours
  • Diversification – a mix of assets offers a potentially lower risk than investing in individual securities
  • Transparency – you can see exactly what’s happening in your ETFs on a daily basis

BMO ETFs are best in class

As one of the first movers and largest providers of ETFs, BMO Global Asset Management lets you enjoy a large selection of highly regarded ETFs. They’ve been recognized for their quality year after year, and most recently seven BMO ETFs were awarded top honours at the 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards. In fact, they’re so good, you’ll almost always see BMO ETFs in the model portfolios of other online investing services or “robo-advisors”.

BMO ETFs have been recognized for their performance year after year in a number of categories 1

How SmartFolio uses ETFs

As a product of BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO SmartFolio uses BMO ETFs to bring you better diversification and lower fees on your portfolio. You also have a team of investment professionals monitoring your portfolio to make sure it’s on track, actively selecting which ETFs should be in each portfolio to take advantage of market movements. SmartFolio gives you the benefits of a low-cost, diversified model ETF portfolio with the skills and expertise of an investment professional.

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  1. Seven BMO ETFs were awarded top honours at the 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards
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