Mutual Funds have become popular in Canada for investment vehicle. In general mutual funds can be divided into three main categories: Money Market Funds, Fixed Income Funds or Bond Funds, and Equity Funds or Stock Funds. From these main categories, some of these funds may be classified into individual branches such as:
- Aggressive Growth funds: Asia Pacific Equity, Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity, Emerging Markets Equity, Global Small/Mid Cap Equity, Greater China Equity, Japanese Equity, Commodity Equity, Real Estate Equity, US Small or Mid Cap Equity, Precious Metals Equity, etc
- Capital Preservation funds: Canadian Money Market, Canadian Synthetic Money Market, U.S. Money Market
- Growth funds: Canadian Equity, Canadian Focused Equity
- Growth and Income funds: Target Date Portfolio, Canadian Dividend and Income Equity, Canadian Equity Balanced, Global Equity Balanced, Tactical Balanced, etc
- Income funds: Canadian Fixed Income, Canadian Inflation Protected Fixed Income, Global Fixed Income, High Yield Fixed Income, etc
- International Growth: Global Equity, European Equity, International Equity, US Equity, etc
- They provide consistent performance return such as providing regular income, capital appreciation, or total return. These funds can withstand any market conditions better than other funds such as economic crisis, bear market, bull market, etc.
- They are typically managed by well-known managers. The fund managers usually have managed these funds for a while.
- These funds have large assets. Large assets mean investors are confident in investing in these funds.
- They are recognized by financial magazines or websites such as Morningstar, The Globe and Mail, Lipper, etc.
Best Mutual Funds
Top Canadian Mutual Funds for 2013 & 2014 are:
- RBC Premium Money Market Fund
- TD Canadian Bond Fund
- RBC Balanced Fund
- TD Premium Money Market Fund
- RBC Canadian Dividend Fund
- CI Harbour Growth & Income Fund
- CIBC Monthly Income fund
- BMO Dividend fund
- King & Victoria RSP
- Mawer Global Small Cap fund
|Top 10 Best Canadian Mutual Funds 2011|
- Fidelity Canadian Asset Allocation Series B
- Investors Dividend C
- RBC Canadian Dividend
- TD Canadian Bond - I
- CI Harbour Growth & Income
- RBC Monthly Income
- RBC Balanced
- RBC Select Conservative Portfolio
- RBC Bond
- CIBC Monthly Income
|No||Name||Ticker||Rating||Yield||Expense Ratio||Load||Net Assets (mil)||Min to Invest|
|1||Fidelity Canadian Asset Alloc Sr B||F0CAN05TEZ|
|2||Investors Dividend C||F0CAN05M38|
|3||RBC Canadian Dividend||F0CAN05O7X|
|4||TD Canadian Bond - I||F0CAN05MPD|
|5||CI Harbour Growth & Income||F0CAN05LZ9|
|6||RBC Monthly Income||F0CAN05M90|
|8||RBC Select Conservative Portfolio||F0CAN05LUB|
|10||CIBC Monthly Income||F0CAN05LVX|
As the most popular investment fund, this Fidelity Canadian Asset Allocation fund’s objective is to achieve high total investment return. This balanced fund uses an asset allocation approach. It invests mainly in a mix of Canadian equity securities or stocks, fixed income securities or bonds, and money market instruments. It may also invest in foreign securities to take advantage of market opportunities.
|Fidelity Canadian Asset Alloc Sr|
- Fund Inception Date: December 30, 1994
- Beta (3yr): 1.08
- Rank in category (YTD): 56
- Category: Canadian Equity Balanced
- Distribution Rate: 1.09%
- Net Assets: $ 14.08 billion
- Sales Load: 0%
- Expense Ratio: 2.24%
- Capital Gains: N/A
- Number of Years Up: 13 years
- Number of Years Down: 3 years
Morningstar has rated this Canadian investment fund with 4-stars rating. This top fund has -3.93% YTD return. Since its inception, this fund has recorded 13 years of positive return. The best achievement occurred in year 2009 with 24.81%. It also has 3 years of negative return and the worst performance occurred in year 2008 with -19.26%. The performance of this mutual fund based on the load adjusted returns is 11.87% over the past year and 5.99% over the past ten years.
Should you are interested to invest in this Canadian fund; you will need 500 CAD for either regular brokerage or IRA account. Investor will need 50 CAD minimum for subsequent investment. The other series of this Fidelity Canadian Asset Allocation Series Fund are Series A, Series T5, Series T8, Series S5, Series S8, Series F and Series O. Please take note that there is other quite similar fund in Fidelity, which is Fidelity Canadian Asset Allocation Class.
The top ten investments of this fund as of May 2011 are Cash & Cash Equivalents, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Suncor Energy, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, Canada Housing Trust No.1, Cenovus Energy, Bank of Nova Scotia, Goldcorp, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Enbridge. There are total 701 investments and these top ten investments make up 29.8% of the total fund.
Principal Risks of this fidelity fund include Credit risk, Equity risk, Interest rate risk, etc. More details can be found from the fund’s prospectus and website.
2. Investors Dividend C (F0CAN05M38.TO)
The Investors Dividend fund seeks to provide above-average income yield on its investments, protect the value of its investments, and achieve long-term capital appreciation consistent with the fulfillment of the first two objectives.
This Investors Group mutual fund has been introduced to public since March 1962. The current lead fund manager is Dom Grestoni. He has been managing this fund since April 2003. This fund is categorized in Canadian Equity Balanced category. It also has a yield of 3.65% per year and the annual expense ratio is 2.89%. This fund has 21.29% annual holdings turnover rate. The current total net assets are $13.40 billion.
|Investors Dividend C Fund|
The top holdings of this fund as of May 2011 are Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, Trans Canada Corp, Bank of Montreal, CI Financial, Manulife Financial, Husky Energy, Power Financial Corp, TELUS Corp and Grest-West Lifeco. The top sector weightings as of May 2011 are Financials (51.50%), Energy (18.78%), Other (11.99%), Telecommunication Services (9.30%), Utilities (4.93%), Consumer Discretionary (2.21%) and Consumer Staples (1.29%).
3. RBC Canadian Dividend (F0CAN05O7X.TO)
|RBC Canadian Dividend|
This RBC Canadian Dividend fund is categorized in the Canadian Dividend and Income Equity category. As mentioned, this fund is managed under the management of RBC Global Asset Management Inc. The inception date of this fund is January 1993. Stuart Kedwell has managed this fund since April 2007. Currently, the fund’s dividend yield is 1.27% per year. The expense ratio rate of this fund is 1.74%.
This fund has 4-stars Morningstar rating. It has returned 18.02% over the past year, 2.75% over the past three years and 8.32% over the past ten years. This fund has recorded 14 years of positive return and 3 years of negative return. The best achievement was achieved in year 1997 with 35.38%. It currently has -2.90% YTD return. The three years beta of this fund is 0.78. The benchmark of this fund is S&P/ TSX Composite.
To start investing in this RBC fund, you will need a minimum of 500 CAD for either regular brokerage or IRA account. The minimum subsequent investment for both accounts is 25 CAD. There are many other classes or series available for this fund, such as:
- Series Advisor with Front End Load (Code: RBF759)
- Series Advisor with Low Load (Code: RBF107)
- Series F with No Load (Code: RBF607)
- Series I with No Load (Code: RBF150)
- Series T with No Load (Code: RBF598)
4. TD Canadian Bond – Investor Series (F0CAN05MPD.TO)
Listed as the forth popular fund, this TD Canadian Bond fund invests primarily in high quality bonds and other debt issued by Canadian governments and companies. Up to 30% of the fund may be invested in foreign securities.
Top Bond Fund
|TD Canadian Bond fund details|
The minimum amount to invest in this fund either in non-RSP investment or RSP investment is $100. The minimum subsequent investment applies for both investments ($100).
Morningstar has ranked this fund with 4-stars return rating. It has 5.82% YTD return. This best fund has returned 6.79% over the past year and 6.22% over the past ten years. For YTD, this fund is on the 9% rank in the Canadian Fixed Income Category. The benchmark of this fund is BofA Canada Board Market TR CAD.
The top investments of this fund as of June 2011 are Province of Ontario Residual, Government of Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Government of Canada, Cash & Other Net Assets, Manulife Financial Capital Trust and Alberta Capital Finance Authority. The top ten investments out of total 212 investments represent 19.3% of total fund value. The investment assets as of June 2011 are allocated as follow Corporate Bonds (59.7%), Federal Bonds & Guarantees (15.4%), Provincial Bonds & Guarantees (13.4%), Mortgage-Backed Securities (5.5%), Supranationals (3.2%), Cash & Other Net Asses (1.7%), and Municipal Bonds (1.1%).
5. CI Harbour Growth & Income (F0CAN05LZ9.TO)
This CI Harbour Growth & Income fund's objective is to obtain long-term total return through a prudent balance of income and capital appreciation. It invests primarily in equity and equity-related securities of mid- to large-capitalization Canadian companies and fixed income securities issued by Canadian governments and companies. The proportion of the fund's assets invested in equity and fixed income securities may vary according to market conditions. Any change to the investment objective must be approved by a majority of votes cast at a meeting of unit holders held for that reason.
|CI Harbour Growth & Income|
This equity fund has performed in the past 13 years with 11 years of positive return & 2 years of negative return. This fund’s best 1-year total return was achieved in year 2009 with 21.20%. Based on the load adjusted return, this fund has returned 13.9% over the past year and 3.0% over the past five years. Besides Class A, this fund is also available in Class F and Class I.
As of July 2011, the top ten holdings of this fund represent 35.36% of the total portfolio. They are Suncor Energy, Tim Hortons, BHP Billiton Limited, Canadian National Railway, Intact Financial, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, TD Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Manulife Financial, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. The asset allocation of this fund is Canadian Equity (49.3%), Cash (18.7%), United States Equity (16.6%), International Equity (10.3%) and Bond (5.1%).
6. RBC Monthly Income (F0CAN05M90.TO)
|RBC Monthly Income fund details|
Money Market FundThis RBC fund has been managed by Jennifer McClelland since April 2007. She is the Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Canadian Equities. The fund’s inception date was on August 18, 1997. This fund shares 3.98% dividend yield per year. The income distribution is on monthly basis. The capital gain is distributed annually. The annual expense ratio rate is 1.17%. This fund has annual holdings turnover rate of 38.8%. The total net asset is $7.9 billion.
Morningstar gave this RBC Monthly Income fund with 5 stars rating. Since its inception, this RBC investment fund has 11 years of positive return and only 2 years of negative return. The best achievement of 1-year total return was achieved in 2000 with 19.77%. Based on the load adjusted return, this fund has returned 7.68% over the past ten years, and 4.22% over the past three years.
This fund is Series A with no Load. Investor may choose from the other series of this fund, such as Series Advisor with Front End load (Code: RBF763), Series Advisor with Low Load (Code: RBF115) and Series F with No Load (Code: RBF602).
The top 5 sectors of this fund as of June 2011 are Financials (41.8%), Energy (22.0%), Materials (12.5%), Consumer Discretionary (5.1%) and Industrials (5.0%). The top 25 holdings of this fund represent 37.0% of the total portfolio. This RBC fund has a total of 315 holdings as of June 2011 that consists of 101 stock holdings, 204 bond holdings and 10 other holdings.
7. RBC Balanced (F0CAN05LU5.TO)
|RBC Balanced fund characteristics|
This RBC fund was introduced to public in September 1987. The annual expense ratio of this fund is 2.30%. To start investing in this fund, you will need a minimum investment of $500 with the subsequent investment of $25.
This popular mutual fund has returned 5.84% over the past year and 3.86% over the past ten years. It has -3.45% YTD return. While popular, it only receives 2-stars rating from Morningstar. The other series of this fund are Advisor Series (with choice of Differed Sales Load or Front End Load or Low Load), F Series with No Load and T Series with No Load.
As of June 2011, the asset mix of this RBC Balanced fund is Canadian Equity (37.2%), Fixed Income (34.5%), US Equity (12.5%), International Equity (10.9%) and Cash (5.0%). The top holdings of this fund are RBC Emerging Market, Canada Government, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Suncor Energy Inc, Bank of Nova Scotia, Quebec Prov and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
8. RBC Select Conservative Portfolio (Ticker: F0CAN05LUB.TO)
|RBC Select Conservative Portfolio|
As part of RBC Global Asset Management, this RBC Select Conservative Portfolio fund was established on December 1986. The current lead manager is Sarah Riopelle. She has been with this fund since June 2009. This fund is in the category of Global Neutral Balanced fund. It shares 1.26% of dividend yield that is distributed quarterly. If any capital gains exist, it is distributed annually.
This balanced fund is currently open to new investors with the minimum investment of $500 for either regular brokerage account or retirement (IRA) account. There is a compulsory of $25 subsequent investment. Investor may choose the other series of this fund. For the no load fund, there is Series F (Code: RBF657) available. For the Advisor Series, there are three options: Advisor Series with Deferred Sales Load, Advisor Series with Front End Load and Advisor Series with Low Load.
Morningstar has given 4 stars rating to this fund. It also has achieved 21 years of positive return and 3 years of negative return. The best achievement was in year 1996 with 13.60%. This fund has returned 3.89% over the past decade and 2.30% over the past five years. Currently it has -0.83% YTD return.
This RBC Select Conservative Portfolio fund has a total of 1,590 underlying holdings (729 bond holdings, 692 stock holdings, 169 other holdings, and 12 portfolio holdings). The asset mix of this fund as of June 2011 is Fixed Income (50.9%), Canadian Equity (16.3%), US Equity (12.2%), International Equity (11.2%) and Cash (9.3%). The top 5 sectors are Financials, Energy, Materials, Industrials and Consumer Discretionary.
9. RBC Bond Fund (F0CAN05LU9.TO)
|RBC Bond fund details|
Canadian Bond FundThis RBC Bond Fund is categorized as one of the investment fund in Canadian Fixed Income Fund. This bond fund was introduced to public in July 1966. This fund has an annual expense ratio rate of 1.18% and it also has an annual holdings turnover rate of 45%. This fund has 3.06% dividend yield and this dividend is paid quarterly. The total net assets of this fund are $7.2 billion. The fund uses DEX Universe Bond Index as its benchmark.
Morningstar has rated this fund with 3-stars return rating. It has 5.03% YTD return, which is the highest among all the other funds mentioned in this article. The performance of this fund is as below:
- 1-year: 6.40%
- 3-year: 6.49%
- 5-year: 5.41%
- 10-year: 5.04%
- Series A with no Load (Code: RBF270)
- Series Advisor with Deferred Sales Load (Code: RBF850)
- Series Advisor with Front End Load (Code: RBF750)
- Series Advisor with Low Load (Code: RBF114)
- Series F with no Load (Code: RBF601) and
- Series I with no Load (Code: RBF154)
10. CIBC Monthly Income (F0CAN05LVX)
|CIBC Monthly Income fund|
- Fund Inception Date: September 22, 1998
- Rank in category (YTD): 56
- Category: Canadian Neutral Balanced
- Distribution Rate: 5.45%
- Net Assets: $ 7.0 billion
- Sales Load: 0%
- Expense Ratio: 1.45%
- Capital Gains: N/A
Morningstar has given 3-stars return rating to this fund. It has -2.64% YTD return. The fund has returned 6.88% over the past ten years, 2.07% over the past five years, 1.85% over the past three years and 6.48% over the past year. If you are interested to invest in this fund, you will need a minimum initial investment of $500 with $25 minimum subsequent investment. The code of this fund is CIB512.
The top ten holdings of this fund as of July 2011 are Cash & Cash Equivalents, Canada Housing Trust No.1, 2.75%, 2016/06/15, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank (The), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Suncor Energy Inc., BCE Inc., Barrick Gold Corp., Manulife Financial Corp. and Agrium Inc.
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Additional Information: Fund Performance: Long Term and Short Term