XEQT ETF is a multi-asset ETF that invests in one or more ETFs managed by BlackRock Canada or its affiliates that offer exposure to equity stocks.

The ETF offers investors long-term capital growth. With XEQT you get exposure to over 9,000 individual stocks traded worldwide.

The ETF is part of a group of 5 ETFS that can be used to manage a portfolio based on your desired bond and equity exposure.

Benefits of the iShares XEQT ETF

  • XEQT offers exposure to ETFs that are diversified across regions.
  • It is continuously monitored and also rebalanced.
  • Cheaper with a MER of 0.20%.

Disadvantages of iShares XEQT ETF

  • Offers exposure to equity ETFs managed only by BlackRock Canada.
  • XEQT’s management fee is higher than the MER of individual ETFs.

iShares XEQT ETF facts

  • Starting time: 7th August 2019
  • Benchmark: None – 100% equity ETF from iShares Core ETF portfolios
  • Net worth: $ 495 million
  • MER: 0.20%
  • Distribution income: 1.55%
  • Dividend plan: Quarterly

iShares XEQT ETF MER – management expense ratio

XEQT’s management fee is 0.18% and MER is 0.20%. Vanguard’s VEQT ETF has a MER of 0.25%.

The MER is what Blackrock needs to run the fund. It’s much cheaper than mutual funds and, in some cases, cheaper than investing on your own.

Mutual funds can charge over 2% and rob you of your returns. It’s time to ditch your mutual funds and switch to ETFs as soon as possible. Many brokers like Questrade offer free ETFs.

iShares XEQT ETF performance

The annual return of the iShares XEQT ETF since inception is 15.99%. While it looks great, for the length of time that it comes, it isn’t exactly great. The ETF is only 2 years old and the SP500 has made double the return.

When it comes to investing 100% in equity, there are many options. A simple SP500 index can do the job. You know the saying, keep it stupid simple (KISS).

XEQT ETF performance compared to TSX and SP500
Dividend-adjusted chart based on Stock Rover – Try it.

Take your TFSA account as an example. The rules are the same for everyone and I mean everyone. Ultimately, growth is a factor in your investment performance, provided you meet your TFSA contribution limit each year. The annual performance of an ETF is important as you can see from the 20+ year growth below.

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220105,00010,00010,76211,550Not pursuedNot started
3rd20115,00015,00016,55018.205Not pursuedNot started
4th20125,00020,00022,62825,525Not pursuedNot started
520135,50025,50029,53434,128$ 41,742Not started
6th20145,50031,00036,78643,590$ 52,820Not started
7th201510,00041,00049.12558.949$ 56,307Not started
8th20165,50046,50057,35670,984$ 70,200Not started
920175,50052,00065,99984.034$ 78,900$ 13,308
1020185,50057,50075,07498,487$ 96,937$ 58,818

iShares XEQT ETF holdings

Unlike an S&P500 ETF, where your exposure comes from US companies, XEQT is diversified across countries and continents.

It holds over 1,200 companies. It’s not worth listing them all here, and instead, it’s far better to look at the country presence it gives you.

iShares XEQT ETF Geography Exposure

The iShares XEQT Core Equity ETF Portoflio invests in 4 different ETFs in order to achieve the geographical diversification described.

XEQT Geography Diversification 2021

Why hold iShares XEQT ETF?

Since this is pure 100% equity, I’m not sure why you shouldn’t just buy the top 500 companies in the US. All of them operate all over the world and bring you closer to these regions via proxy.

I am voting to stick with an S&P500 ETF like VFV.

If you want the dividends, it’s not clear you’re getting the same growth, but the best banks and the best utility stocks will bring you more income.


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