BMO launches four new sector strategy ETFs

Jess Morgan 7 April, 2017 | 5:00PM

The lineup of exchange-traded funds at BMO Asset Management (BMO AM) grows to 90 today with the launch of four new global sector strategies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

The four new ETFs track sector-specific indices created by Russell Investments, all offering currency-hedged exposure to large-cap financial services and consumer stocks from developed countries:

BMO Global Banks Hedged to CAD Index (BANK). This is the second global bank ETF to launch in Canada, following the introduction of Hamilton Capital Global Bank ETF (HBG) in January 2016.

BMO Global Consumer Discretionary Hedged to CAD Index (DISC). This ETF will compete with iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary Index (XCD), launched in May 2013.

BMO Global Consumer Staples Hedged to CAD Index ETF (STPL). This will be the first ETF in Canada to offer global consumer staples exposure, contrasted with the domestic-focused iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Index (XST).

BMO Global Insurance Hedged to CAD Index (INSR). Like STPL, this is the first ETF in Canada to offer global exposure to its sector, contrasted with First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income (FLI).

"Investors are continuing to recognize the benefits of using ETFs for sector strategies, and we are excited to have expanded our suite," said Kevin Gopaul, BMO's global head of ETFs, in a press release.

Fund Symbol Mgmt.
fee (%)
BMO Global Banks Hedged to CAD Index ETF BANK 0.4
BMO Global Consumer Discretionary Hedged to CAD Index ETF DISC 0.4
BMO Global Consumer Staples Hedged to CAD Index ETF STPL 0.4
BMO Global Insurance Hedged to CAD Index ETF QEM 0.4
Source: BMO Asset Management Inc.

 

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Jess Morgan  Jess Morgan is the associate editor of Morningstar Canada’s website. She began her career as a television producer and freelance writer, often making appearances on TV and radio as a commentator on politics and culture. She holds a BA in communications from the University of Winnipeg and a diploma in Creative Communications from Red River College.