BMO Breakdown: Is ZEB or ZWC Better in a Volatile Market?

0 0

Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) has some of the best exchange-traded funds (ETF) on the market. From high yields to explicit sectors, you can invest in pretty much anything. But right now, Motley Fool investors want safety and security in this volatile market.

There are two BMO ETFs I like to cover for volatility, and that’s BMO Equal Weight Banks Index ETF (TSX:ZEB) and BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF (TSX:ZWC). As analysts fear a potential recession, which is the better buy?

The case for ZEB

ZEB ETF is a strong choice, because it invests directly in the Canadian Big Six banks. Canadian banks prove time and again that they know exactly what they’re doing during a recession. Credit loan losses put them in a strong position to make a full recovery to pre-crash prices, which these banks have done for the last several economic downturns within a year, including March 2020.

The problem is, during an economic downturn, you might need cash on hand. Unfortunately, the Big Six banks will still fall during this time. Interest rates, inflation, loans hurt these companies in near term. So, if there’s even a slight change you might need your cash, ZEB may not be the best bet.

That being said, this could be a strong buy to consider during a downturn to pick it up at depressed prices. While ZEB is down 3% year to date, it could fall even further. But since coming on the market in 2010, it’s up a strong 118%. Furthermore, you can add a 3.33% dividend yield to your portfolio.

The case for ZWC

Now ZWC ETF won’t give you the stellar growth that we’ve seen with ZEB. However, it does give you two things: stability and high dividends. And that’s something Motley Fool investors certainly should consider during a volatile market. Dividends keep coming out from strong companies like this just like a paycheque. If you need cash on hand, this is a stellar choice to make.

That being said, long term, it doesn’t look like you’ll receive amazing returns from this stock. Sure, since the market crash, ZWC is up an incredible 55%. Great, right? Well, before falling to $12 per share, the stock traded at about $20 per share. And that’s where it is now and where it’s remained for quite some time.

So, while you may not get superb growth, you can look forward to stability and additions through dividends. Right now, ZWC ETF offers a significant dividend yield of 7.2%! That’s $1.20 per share on an annual basis, given out monthly — even during a volatile market.

Which one wins?

As you can probably tell, the choice is entirely based on what you might need in a volatile market. If you don’t want to lose money and bring in some dividends for protection, I would certainly give ZWC the edge. However, if you’re looking for a steal and don’t mind waiting for a recovery, ZEB is a great option, too. No matter what you choose, just be sure it aligns with your long-term goals, as we always recommend here at Motley Fool.

The post BMO Breakdown: Is ZEB or ZWC Better in a Volatile Market? appeared first on The Motley Fool Canada.

Should You Invest $1,000 In Bank of Montreal?

Before you consider Bank of Montreal, we think you’ll want to hear this.

Our nearly S&P/TSX market doubling* Stock Advisor Canada team just released their top 10 starter stocks for 2022 that we believe could supercharge any portfolio.

Want to see if Bank of Montreal made our list? Get started with Stock Advisor Canada today to receive all 10 of our starter stocks, a fully stocked treasure trove of industry reports, two brand-new stock recommendations every month, and much more.

See the 10 Stocks
* Returns as of 4/14/22

setButtonColorDefaults(“#5FA85D”, ‘background’, ‘#5FA85D’);
setButtonColorDefaults(“#43A24A”, ‘border-color’, ‘#43A24A’);
setButtonColorDefaults(“#fff”, ‘color’, ‘#fff’);

More reading

RRSP Investors: 2 Top Dividend Stocks to Buy on Market Weakness
5 Top Passive-Income Stocks to Buy in May 2022
Attention Gen Z: Here’s How to Enter This Volatile Market
Canadian Bank Stocks Displaying Strong Value
13 Top TSX Stocks to Buy in May 2022

Fool contributor Amy Legate-Wolfe has positions in BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

 70 total views,  2 views today

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Generated by Feedzy