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Three top ETF picks from BBSL’s John DeGoey

John DeGoey is vice-president and associate portfolio manager at BBSL. His focus is on personal finance and ETFs.

Top Picks:

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-Canada Index (VXC TSX)

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This ETF invests anywhere but in Canada, so it's a great product for minimizing home bias.

iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF (COW TSX)

Trends don't get much more long-term than the global demand for food. Population is increasing; farmland is decreasing.

BMO Global Infrastructure Index ETF (ZGI TSX)

Roads, bridges, sewers and the like are crumbling the world over and urgently need to be refurbished.

Past Picks: September 9, 2013

First Trust Senior Loan ETF (CAD-Hedged) (FSL TSX)

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Then: $20.03; Now: $20.32 +1.45%; Total return: +4.83%

Vanguard U.S. Total Market Index ETF (VUN TSX)

Then: $24.55; Now: $30.89 +25.82%; Total return: +27.57%

Vanguard FTSE Developed ex North America Index ETF (VDU TSX)

Then: $25.04; Now: $28.66 +14.46%; Total return: +17.41%

Total return average: +16.60%

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Market outlook:

I reject all forms of prediction-based investing. Instead, I recommend that people use market-based and/or evidence-based products and strategies. People should buy broadly-diversified products that cost little and have low turnover. They should re-balance those periodically when their overall mix is out of line with their original target levels.

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