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Invesco Canada | November 8, 2016

Looking to avoid the pitfalls of market-cap indexing?

Investors tracking market-cap-weighted indices may be exposed to several flaws inherent to that approach. A rules-based Fundamental Index® approach focuses on the strength of the underlying business by looking at sales, cash flow, dividends and book value.

Scott Boniferro, Vice President, Global Investment Strategist, Invesco Canada, joined Larry Berman on BNN’s Berman’s Call to discuss the benefits of a Fundamental Index® strategy and the differences between this rules-based approach and a traditional market-cap-weighted ETF.

Name 1-yr 3-yr 5-yr 10-yr Since inception Inception date
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Canadian Fundamental Index ETF 17.13 5.81 7.45 1/10/2012
iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF 12.65 6.49 6.85 4.63 6.28 2/16/2001
PowerShares Fundamental High Yield Corporate Bond (CAD Hedged) Index ETF 7.26 3.93 5.39 5.10 6/21/2011
iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) 7.08 3.13 5.65 6.40 1/21/2010
PowerShares 1-5 Year Laddered Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index ETF 3.19 2.96 3.02 3.18 6/15/2011
BMO Short Corporate Bond Index ETF 3.06 2.84 2.93 3.29 10/20/2009
RBC 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond ETF 3.04 2.83 1/9/2014


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