Here the panel again stood pat, opting to retain all four of our 2018 US equity picks. XUU was the hands-down winner due in part to its lower fee structure at 0.07%, according to Robb Engen. A slim majority opted to retain the non-hedged Vanguard S&P500 ETF (VFV) and its the sister ETF, the currency-hedged VSP. The panel was almost split on reinstating VUN (The Vanguard US Total Market ETF) which had been an All-Star before 2018, but in the end opted not to add it back.
Best U.S. ETFs – The list
|ETF name||Ticker||Management Fee||MER||# of Holdings||Description|
|iShares Core S&P US Total Market Index ETF||XUU||0.07||0.08||3459||Returning All-star, low fees of 0.07%|
|Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF||VFV||0.08||0.08||507||Provides unhedged exposure to the S&P500 at a very low cost|
|Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-hedged)||VSP||0.08||0.08||507||Provides currency-hedged exposure to the S&P_500 at no extra cost|
|BMO S&P500 Index ETF (CAD)||ZSP||0.08||0.09||505||Alternative to VFV; tied on fee; fund size is largest among 4 US Core ETFs|
As was the case last year, the panel debated whether we should add some US-based technology ETFs, like QQQ. There are a couple of TSX-listed Canadian Nasdaq 100 type ETFs that several panelists liked but we were unable to get a majority to agree on adding this as a category.
However, readers should check our new desert island picks: several panelists went with specialty US equity ETFs, such as HXQ.U from Mark Yamada.
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