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If you could invest in only 1 ETF,, what would it be and why?

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If you could invest in only 1 ETF,, what would it be and why?

If you could invest in only 1 ETF, and you had a long-term (20+ year) time horizon and aggressive risk tolerance, what would it be and why?

Some popular ETFs, as an example (but not limited to these):
  • VGRO (80% equities, 30% Cdn weight)
  • VEQT (100% equities, 30% Cdn weight)
  • XAW (all global equities, highly diversified)
  • VFV (US equities S&P 500, not as well diversified as XAW but strong returns since inception)
  • Any others?
Last edited by curiousmoi on Feb 16th, 2019 10:13 am, edited 2 times in total.
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I think investing into VEQT when you're young and then gradually add a bond fund as you approach retirement could be a dirt simple strategy.
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is this inside or outside an RRSP account?

I have XEI for my taxable account because of the lower mer 0.22%.
I have some Vanguard and Schwab's etfs priced in U.S. dollars for my rrsp account which has US dollars.

I hope this helps.
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YOLO do VFV.
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There’s no reason to hypothetically limit it to 1 ETF.

Hence I’d probably look at XAW with a sliver of 5-10% XIC for Cdn exposure.
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Out of the list OP posted, I'd go with XAW. I personally invest in VT.
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Based on OP list, I'd go with XAW if only 1
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I've been doing TD e-series for a bit, now rebalancing this year, I'm planning to buy XGRO for both my RRSP and TFSA. Then over the year, contribute to my e-series again.
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Vgro or xgro or whatever BMO calls their clone.
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VFV.to/VOO.

TSX & "World" ETF's are a waste of time.
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If I was going to be very aggressive with a high-risk tolerance and a long time horizon, I would leave any funds with bonds out of the mix as historically, stocks have always outperformed bonds over the long term and there's no reason to think that's going to change given enough time. I would also be more in smallish cap over large cap companies as large caps generally don't perform as well over the longer term. Just google 'small vs large cap stocks' and look at the images to see tons of graphs which support this. Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to find anything that fits the bill in one fund... the best you may be able to do is to find an equal weight equity fund over the standard market weight ones.
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BrianWS6 wrote:
Feb 16th, 2019 7:20 pm
VFV.to/VOO.

TSX & "World" ETF's are a waste of time.
Why are those a waste of time, in your opinion?

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