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Eighteen low volatility S&P 500 stocks capable of withstanding market shocks

The unresolved and further complication of the Sino-U.S. trade dispute hit the markets once again last week, which I believe will cause higher volatility in the markets in the short run. On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that, for now, no business will be made with Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, and that he is not ready to finalize a trade deal with China. This follows China’s decision to stop purchasing American agricultural products. Therefore, for the Globe and Mail this week, we screened the U.S. market to identify companies with low volatility and sustainable operations that can withstand further potential market turmoil.

This strategy screens the S&P 500 using the following criteria:

  • A market capitalization of US$10-billion or more;
  • A beta of one or less. A stock with a beta less than one is considered less volatile than the market;
  • A five-year average return on capital (ROC) greater than or equal to 10 per cent, reported as of last quarter’s end, and a positive change in the 12-month return on capital figure;
  • A minimum free-cash-flow-to-capital ratio of 5 per cent. This ratio gives a sense of how well the company uses the invested capital to generate free cash flows, which could be used to do such things as stimulate growth, distribute or increase dividends, or reduce debt;
  • A positive 12-month change in the economic value-added (EVA) metric – a positive figure shows us that the company’s profit is increasing at a faster and greater pace than the costs of capital. The EVA is the economic profit generated by the company and is calculated as the net operating profit after tax minus capital expenses;
  • A cost of capital less than 10 per cent, reported as of last quarter’s end.

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Portfolio Manager’s August comment For July Results

The S&P/TSX Total Return Index rose by 0.34% in July, the S&P 500 by 1.44% and the MSCI ACWI ex. USA declined by 1.18%. At July end, the YTD S&P/TSX Total Return Index was up 16.62% which was lower than the S&P500 (20.24%) but higher than the MSCI ACWI ex. USA of 12.65%.

The market met new highs in July before retracing some of that gain as trade disputes dampened and long-term treasury rates fell to historical lows. At month’s end, the US 10-year treasury yield crossed the 2% mark to the low side.

The best TSX sector in July was Consumer Discretionary up 3.4%, followed by Information Technology, up 3.2%. On the contrary, the worst performing sector was Health Care principally due to the performance of the Cannabis sector.

Looking more specifically at INOC, the best performers in July were Equitable Group (+27.01%), a Canadian bank with the majority of its business involved in the residential mortgages with prime and non prime, who reported better than expected figures for Q2 results. The next best performer was Parex Resources Inc. (+7.38%), an oil producer with assets in Colombia, whose gains were due to the rally in oil prices last month.

On the other hand, the weakest contributor to INOC was Stella Jones (SJ), which was down 12.89%. News in regard to the departure of the company’s long-standing CEO caused the market to react negatively. The other negative contributors were Norbord (OSB) and Linamar (LNR).

Canada’s 2019 Top 50 FinTech Companies

The Digital Finance Institute selects Inovestor as one of their 2019 Top 50 FinTech Companies. Inovestor would like recognize everyone involved in making Inovestor a household name in the Fintech industry. As we approached our 20th anniversary, Inovestor is preparing a major product upgrade set for a November 22nd release.

To prepare the list of Canada’s Top 50 FinTech Companies, the Institute conducted market research and informational interviews with stakeholders to gather data to help identify the leading companies in Canada. A number of factors, such as disruption of service, scalability, growth, external adoption and innovation were taken into consideration when compiling the list of the top 50 companies. In assessing the factors, we standardized the ranges of numeric variables and measured each company’s score index by calculating the weighted average under the comprehensive consideration of the determining factors listed above. The companies listed represent a wide diversity of sub-sectors in FinTech, capital markets, insurance, Blockchain, RegTech, payments and finance.

 

The Digital Finance Institute

The Digital Finance Institute is a think tank for digital finance with three foundational pillars – financial inclusion, responsible innovation, and support for women in FinTech. Today, the Institute is run by Millennials, which we believe is important for Canada’s digital economy revolution. In our work, we represent a strategic link in the digital finance ecosystem among the financial services sector. NGO’s, academia, financial regulators and policy makers to promote financial innovation and vibrancy through thought leadership, engagement, advocacy, research and education. That strategic link comes together at APEC 2019, for example, where the institute is invited to give a talk on AI, banking and regulation to the 21 member countries, which helps promote Canadian innovation.

Risk Rating of the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (“INOC”) Reduced from “Medium” to “Low to Medium”

TORONTOApril 12, 2019 /CNW/ – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs“) has announced a change to the risk rating of the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (“INOC“), from “Medium” to “Low to Medium“. The change in risk rating is effective immediately.

The investment risk level of an ETF is determined in accordance with a standardized risk classification methodology, set out in National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, that is based on the historical volatility of the ETF, as measured by the 10-year standard deviation of the returns of the ETF. If an ETF has less than 10 years of performance history, the investment risk level of the ETF is calculated using the return history of the ETF, and, for the remainder of the 10-year period, the return history of a reference index that is expected to reasonably approximate the standard deviation of the ETF.

No changes have been made to the investment objectives or strategies of INOC as a result of the changes to the risk ratings. A summary of the risk rating classification methodology, and the investment objectives and strategies of INOC, can be found in INOC’s most recently filed prospectus.

About Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (www.HorizonsETFs.com)

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is an innovative financial services company and offers one of the largest suites of exchange traded funds in Canada. The Horizons ETFs product family includes a broadly diversified range of solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. Horizons ETFs has more than $10 billion of assets under management and 86 ETFs listed on major Canadian stock exchanges. Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group.

Horizons ETFs is a member of Mirae Asset Global Investments. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in exchange traded products managed by Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (the “Horizons Exchange Traded Products”). The Horizons Exchange Traded Products are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the Horizons Exchange Traded Products. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing.

SOURCE Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

For further information: For investor inquiries: Contact Horizons ETFs at 1-866-641-5739 (toll-free) or (416) 933-5745, info@horizonsetfs.com; For media inquiries: Contact Mark Noble, Senior Vice-President, ETF Strategy, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc., (416) 640-8254, mnoble@horizonsetfs.com

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Christian Godin Joins Inovestor Asset Management

With 25 years of experience in various senior positions including 15 years in equity management and 10 years in capital markets research, Christian brings extensive background and knowledge in equity investing. He currently oversees portfolio management activities for our Canadian equity strategy INOC:TSX. Christian holds a B.A.A. commerce from l’UQAM and a M.Sc. Finance from the HEC.

Horizons ETFs announces March 2019 distributions for certain ETFs (INOC)

TORONTO – March 22, 2019 – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs”) is
pleased to announce the distribution amounts per unit (the “Distributions”) for certain of its of exchange
traded funds (the “ETFs”) for the period ending March 31, 2019, as indicated in the table below.
The ex-dividend date for the Distributions is anticipated to be March 28, 2019, for all unitholders of record
on March 29, 2019. The Distributions for units of each ETF will be paid in cash or, if the unitholder has
enrolled in the respective ETF’s dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”), reinvested in additional units of
the applicable ETF, on or about April 10, 2019.
Horizons ETFs has made an additional announcement regarding the March distributions for its family of
covered call ETFs in a separate press release.

 

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Horizons ETFs announces December 2018 distributions for certain ETFs (INOC)

TORONTODec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs“) is pleased to announce the distribution amounts per unit (the “Distributions“) for certain of its exchange traded funds (the “ETFs“), for the 2018 tax year end, as indicated in the table below.

Each ETF is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that they have earned in the year. All of the Distributions indicated as “Cash Distribution per Unit” in the table (the “Cash Distributions”) will be paid in cash unless the unitholder has enrolled in the dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”) of the respective ETF.

The annual non-cash Distributions, indicated as “Reinvested Annual Non-Cash Distributions per Unit (Est.)” in the table (the “Non-Cash Distributions”), will not be paid in cash but will be reinvested and reported as taxable Distributions and will be used to increase each unitholder’s adjusted cost base of their units of the respective ETF. The Non-Cash Distributions will be reinvested automatically in additional units of the respective ETFs and immediately consolidated so that the number of units held by the unitholder, the units outstanding of the ETFs and the net asset value of the ETFs will not change as a result of the Non-Cash Distributions. The annual Non-Cash Distribution rates in the table below are presented on an estimated basis. A press release confirming the final annual Non-Cash Distribution rates will be disseminated on or about the record date of the Distributions.

The ex-dividend date for the Distributions is anticipated to be December 28, 2018, for all unitholders of record on December 31, 2018. The Distributions for units of each ETF will be paid in cash or, if the unitholder has enrolled in the respective ETF’s dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”), reinvested in additional units of the applicable ETF, on or about January 11, 2019.

Horizons ETFs has made an additional announcement regarding the December distributions for its family of covered call ETFs in a separate press release.

 

View the Press Release

 

ETF Name

Ticker

Symbol

Cash

Distribution

per Unit

Annualized

Yield*

Frequency

Reinvested

Annual Non-

Cash

Distribution

per Unit

(Est.)

Horizons Blockchain Technology & Hardware Index ETF(1)

BKCH

$0.11908

0.68%

Annually

BKCH.U

$0.11908

0.68%

Annually

Horizons Global Sustainability Leaders Index ETF(2)

ETHI

$ 0.01050

0.35%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Corporate Bond ETF

HAB

$ 0.02872

3.28 %

Monthly

Horizons Seasonal Rotation ETF

HAC

Annually

$1.33911

Horizons Active Cdn Bond ETF

HAD

$ 0.02109

2.56 %

Monthly

Horizons Active Intl Developed Markets Equity ETF

HADM

$0.04488

2.01%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Global Fixed Income ETF

HAF

$ 0.02339

3.64 %

Monthly

Horizons Active Emerging Markets Dividend ETF

HAJ

$0.06248

2.01%

Quarterly

$0.11797

Horizons Active Cdn Dividend ETF

HAL

$0.12519

3.39%

Quarterly

Horizons Active US Dividend ETF(3)

HAU

$0.05879

2.03%

Quarterly

$0.08652

HAU.U

$0.05879

2.03%

Quarterly

$0.08652

Horizons Active Global Dividend ETF

HAZ

$0.11939

2.40%

Quarterly

$0.17347

Horizons China High Dividend Yield Index ETF

HCN

$0.40990

6.62%

Quarterly

$1.64109

Horizons Active Emerging Markets Bond ETF

HEMB

$ 0.03543

4.36%

Monthly

Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Equal Weight Index ETF

HEW

$0.07421

2.31%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Floating Rate Preferred Share ETF

HFP

$ 0.03014

4.41%

Monthly

Horizons Active Floating Rate Bond ETF

HFR

$ 0.02054

2.48%

Monthly

Horizons Managed Global Opportunities ETF

HGM

$0.06669

1.30%

Semi-Annual

Horizons Cdn Insider Index ETF

HII

$0.07320

2.96%

Quarterly

Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF(4)

HMMJ

$ 0.28760

7.70%

Quarterly

HMMJ.U

$ 0.28760

7.70%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Cdn Municipal Bond ETF

HMP

$ 0.01700

2.09%

Monthly

Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF(5)

HMJR

$0.01168

0.84%

Horizons Canadian Midstream Oil & Gas Index ETF

HOG

$ 0.10848

5.66%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF

HPR

$ 0.03142

4.63%

Monthly

Horizons Global Risk Parity ETF

HRA

$0.06502

0.66%

Annually

Horizons Active Floating Rate Senior Loan ETF

HSL

$ 0.04155

5.32 %

Monthly

Horizons Active US Floating Rate Bond (USD) ETF(6)

HUF.U

$ 0.11758

14.13%

Monthly

HUF

$ 0.11758

14.13%

Monthly

Horizons Active High Yield Bond ETF

HYI

$ 0.05918

7.68%

Monthly

Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF

INOC

$ 0.04090

1.81%

Quarterly

Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF

MIND

$0.03185

0.14%

Annually

Horizons Robotics and Automation Index ETF(7)

RBOT

$0.02643

0.15%

Annually

RBOT.U

$0.02643

0.15%

Annually

Nasdaq launches Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index

 

Nasdaq launches Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index 

Due to your constant support with regards to the INOC ETF, the Inovestor team is proud to announce the launch of the Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index (NQIGLO) which will be replicating the strategy used in our US and ADR model portfolios. The index is composed of 50 stocks, half of the holdings are US and the rest are international.

Due to the launch of the INOC ETF and the NQIGLO index, we are implementing a conflict of interest policy in relation to our various customers, suppliers and partners. We will now announce trades in our portfolios on the second Friday of the month after markets close.
For more details on the rebalancements, do not hesitate to refer to this article in our support platform.

Dates for the upcoming rebalancements:

US and ADR portfolios 9/03/2018
Canadian portfolio 13/04/2018

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at service@inovestor.com or by phone on 514-287-0011 ext. 2, it will be a pleasure to respond to your questions.

The Inovestor Team

John Hood’s Top Picks: November 20, 2017 (BNN (Online))

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel Inc.
FOCUS: Options and ETFs

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MARKET OUTLOOK

Markets are preoccupied with Keystone, NAFTA and the possibility of Trump’s tax reform going through. Fortunately, Keystone received approval this morning, but this will still be subject to legal skirmishing, so it’s not a done deal. A positive sign, in any sense. My sense is that if tax reform is stalemated, then the “Trump Bump” will be largely wiped off the market, but only temporarily. The fact is that markets have been rising because U.S. companies are making money, so any decline would, in my view, be a buying opportunity. In Canada, even if NAFTA were junked, trade would not stop, but negotiations would persist for months if not years amid much uncertainty. Nevertheless, I like the industrial sectors in Canada and the U.S.

TOP PICKS

John Hood’s Top Picks
John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his top picks: the BMO Equal Weight Industrials ETF, the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund.
John Hood’s Top Picks

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his top picks: the BMO Equal Weight Industrials ETF, the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund.

I have been complaining on previous shows that there was too much redundancy among Canadian ETFs; most were 65 to 70 per cent financial, energy and materials. However, I had overlooked a small ETF from BMO (ZIN).This search was prompted by Horizons having just launched INOC, which includes industrials with consumer goods and services, some financials and tech. These two ETFs will fill in the blanks for those wanting ETFs that are not so overweight financials and energy.

BMO EQUAL WEIGHT INDUSTRIALS ETF (ZIN.TO)

HORIZONS INOVESTOR CANADIAN EQUITY INDEX ETF (INOC.TO) – financials 24 per cent, consumer goods/services 27 per cent, industrials 32 per cent, tech 8 per cent

INDUSTRIAL SELECT SECTOR SPDR FUND (XLI.US)

 

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
ZIN N N N
INOC N N N
XLI N N N

PAST PICKS: MAY 11, 2017

John Hood’s Past Picks
John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his past picks: the Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight U.S. Health Care Index ETF, the BMO European High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF and the Energy Select Sector SPDR.
John Hood’s Past Picks

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his past picks: the Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight U.S. Health Care Index ETF, the BMO European High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF and the Energy Select Sector SPDR.

UPDATE:
I sold the Questrade Fixed Income Core Plus ETF (QCP.TO), which was being merged into a Wisdom Tree bond ETF with overly long duration.

QUESTRADE RUSSELL 1000 EQUAL WEIGHT U.S. HEALTH CARE INDEX ETF HCAD (QRH.TO)
Since Wisdom Tree acquired Questrades ETFs, it is unclear whether this ETF will continue or be substantially changed. I did not own any but had recommended it. I do not like the uncertainty.

  • Then: $21.22
  • Now: $22.35
  • Return: 5.32%
  • Total return: 5.32%

BMO EUROPEAN HIGH DIVIDEND COVERED CALL HEDGED TO CAD ETF (ZWE.TO)

  • Then: $22.54
  • Now: $21.92
  • Return: -2.75%
  • Total return: 0.47%

ENERGY SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF (XLE.US)

  • Then: $67.98
  • Now: $67.27
  • Return: -1.04%
  • Total return: 0.93%

TOTAL RETURN AVERAGE: 2.24%

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
QRH N N N
ZWE N N Y
XLE Y Y Y

WEBSITE: www.jchood.com