10 most popular stocks, funds, and ETFs of 2019

Here are the most-viewed securities on Morningstar.ca this year

Ruth Saldanha 27 December, 2019 | 1:35AM

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Earlier this month, Google released its Year in Search report. The most popular Google search in Canada in 2019 was ‘Toronto Raptors’. Admittedly, our editorial team here at Morningstar Canada probably spent the whole of May and June googling the Toronto Raptors, so we pretty much expected that one. Basketball star Kawai Leonard, the Canadian election results, and actors Like Perry and Cameron Boyce rounded out the top five most popular searches.

We decided to show you the most popular content on Morningstar.ca as well. We looked at the most frequently viewed securities--stocks, funds, and exchange-traded funds--on the site for the year.

Note: Morningstar.ca migrated to a new page-view tracking system in June; as such, these rankings are based on page-view data after that time.

Not surprisingly, financial services and energy dominated the list of most-often-viewed stock reports. All the companies on the list are high-quality large companies (meaning most of them have carved out economic moats). They also pay our healthy dividends, a hot favourite among our readers:

10 Most Popular Stocks

Name

Ticker

Star Rating

Economic Moat

Forward Dividend Yield

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

TD

3

Wide

4.03%

Enbridge Inc

ENB

4

Wide

6.29%

Bank of Nova Scotia

BNS

3

Narrow

4.89%

Royal Bank of Canada

RY

3

Wide

4.07%

Bank of Montreal

BMO

3

Narrow

4.21%

Suncor Energy Inc

SU

3

None

3.94%

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

CM

4

Narrow

5.34%

Manulife Financial Corp

MFC

3

None

3.78%

BCE Inc

BCE

3

Narrow

5.31%

Canadian National Railway Co

CNR

3

Wide

1.82%

Source: Morningstar Direct Data as of December 19, 2019

Let’s take a look at the most popular mutual funds. Again, unsurprising, balanced funds, and dividend funds topped the list of most popular funds. Most of the funds on the list have a Morningstar Quantitative Medalist Rating, but only one of them gets the coveted Gold-medal – the Mawer Balanced A.

10 Most Popular Mutual Funds

Name

Morningstar Quantitative Rating

Category

Management Expense Ratio

RBC Select Balanced Portfolio A

Neutral

Global Neutral Balanced

1.94%

Mawer Balanced A

Gold

Global Neutral Balanced

0.91%

TD Monthly Income - I 

Bronze

Canadian Neutral Balanced

1.48%

Tangerine Balanced Growth Portfolio

Neutral

Global Equity Balanced

1.07%

Scotia Canadian Dividend A

Silver

Canadian Dividend & Income Equity

1.74%

CIBC Nasdaq Index 

Bronze

U.S. Equity

1.26%

BMO Dividend A

Neutral

Canadian Dividend & Income Equity

1.80%

CIBC Monthly Income

Bronze

Canadian Neutral Balanced

1.47%

RBC Canadian Dividend Fund A

Bronze

Canadian Dividend & Income Equity

1.76%

Source: Morningstar Direct Data as of December 19, 2019

Finally, the popular ETFs are dominated by BMO, Vanguard and iShares. All except one have either a Morningstar Analyst Rating, or a Morningstar Quantitative Rating. Surprisingly, the one ETF that has a “Neutral” rating is also the most popular one – the BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF. It also is the most expensive on the list, with an MER of 0.39%

10 Most Popular ETFs

Name

Morningstar Rating

Category

Management Expense Ratio

BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF

Neutral (Quantitative Rating)

Canadian Equity

0.39%

BMO S&P 500 ETF (CAD) 

Gold (Analyst Rating)

U.S. Equity

0.09%

Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

Gold (Analyst Rating)

U.S. Equity

0.08%

Vanguard Balanced ETF Portfolio

Silver (Quantitative Rating)

Global Neutral Balanced

0.25%

BMO Aggregate Bond ETF 

Silver (Analyst Rating)

Canadian Fixed Income

 

0.09%

iShares S&P/TSX 60 ETF

Silver (Analyst Rating)

Canadian Equity

0.18%

iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite ETF

Gold (Analyst Rating)

Canadian Equity

0.06%

iShares Core MSCI ACty Wld exCan ETF  

Gold (Analyst Rating)

Global Equity

022%

iShares Core Canadian Universe Bond ETF 

Silver (Analyst Rating)

Canadian Fixed Income

0.10%

Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap ETF

Gold (Analyst Rating)

Canadian Equity

0.06%

Source: Morningstar Direct Data as of December 19, 2019

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