Market Downturn: 2 Top ETFs to Buy

A downturn is happening in certain parts of the stock market. Investors can consider buying the dips via these diversified ETFs.

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The Canadian and U.S. stock markets appear to be in correction mode. This price action seems to fit nicely into the “sell in May and go away” story, but in reality, many stocks have been correcting since late 2021 after having a super rally from the 2020 pandemic market crash.

On a closer look, year to date, the Canadian stock market has only dipped 1% versus a market downturn of approximately 12% in the U.S. stock market. It goes to show that higher commodity prices have really benefited the Canadian stock market as a whole.

XIU Chart

XIU and SPY data by YCharts

Certain sectors have corrected more meaningfully, providing a better buy-the-dip opportunity. Here’s a quick view of the year-to-date price action of two sectors you may be interested in. Buying these exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is a quick, easy, and cheap way to invest.

ZUB Chart

XRE and ZUB data by YCharts

Canadian REIT stock fund

iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF (TSX:XRE) is a popular ETF put together by BlackRock. It has approximately $1.3 billion in net assets. At $18.83 per unit at writing, it trades at a small discount of roughly 4% to its net asset value per unit of $19.59, according to Yahoo Finance.

As the name of the fund suggests, it is an ETF that provides exposure to Canadian REITs. BlackRock explains that the fund “seeks to provide long-term capital growth by replicating the performance of the S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index, net of expenses.” The fund is diversified across retail, residential, office, and industrial REITs and provides a yield of close to 3% for a decent monthly cash distribution. Its expense ratio is 0.61%, which is fair.

This Canadian REIT ETF is weighted by market capitalization, which conservative investors would prefer because of greater stability in these REITs. XRE’s top holdings are as follows:

Weight of ETFStockIndustry
13.2%Canadian Apartment Properties REITResidential REIT
11.2%RioCan REITRetail REIT
9.4%Granite REITIndustrial REIT
8.2%Allied Properties REITOffice REIT
6.3%Choice Properties REITRetail REIT
6.1%SmartCentres REITRetail REIT
5.6%First Capital REITRetail REIT
5.5%H&R REITDiversified REIT
5.4%Dream Industrial REITIndustrial REIT
5.2%Summit Industrial Income REITIndustrial REIT

Rising interest rates, thereby increasing borrowing costs, could lead to a further selloff in the Canadian REIT ETF over the next months. Interested investors should note an upcoming support level of $17-18 per unit.

U.S. bank stock ETF

U.S. banks are also becoming attractively priced in the current market downturn. BMO Equal Weight US Banks Hedged to CAD Index ETF (TSX:ZUB) is an easy way to invest in U.S. bank stocks. Its expense ratio is only at 0.38%, which makes it super cheap for investors to hold the ETF.

ZUB ETF has approximately $556 million in net assets. At $31.39 per unit, it trades at a small premium of about 3% to its net asset value and provides a cash distribution yield of about 2%. As Bank of Montreal explains, ZUB is “designed to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the Solactive Equal Weight US Bank Index Canadian Dollar Hedged, net of expenses.”

The U.S. bank ETF has 22 holdings, including M&T Bank, First Horizon, Regions Financial, East West Bancorp, First Republic Bank, Goldman Sachs, SVB Financial, Western Alliance Bancorp, Comerica, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The weight is about 4.6-4.9% each for these holdings.

If you’re as bullish about the U.S. economy in the long run as Warren Buffett, you can consider investing in the ZUB ETF on meaningful dips. Interested investors can buy some here and buy another tranche if it hits about $27.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

JPMorgan Chase is an advertising partner of The Ascent, a Motley Fool company. SVB Financial provides credit and banking services to The Motley Fool. The Motley Fool recommends DREAM INDUSTRIAL REIT, First Capital Real Estate Investment Trust, GRANITE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST, Goldman Sachs, SUMMIT INDUSTRIAL INCOME REIT, SVB Financial Group, and Smart REIT. Fool contributor Kay Ng owns shares of BlackRock and Canadian Apartment Properties REIT.

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