If you want to securely earn interest use GICs not any bond ETF. Bond are not paying interest or much interest. There is a risk in bonds and that is because interest rates and bond values go in opposite directions. If you are a novice or not an investor and do not understand investing do not go into bonds to make capital gains. This is what you do if you buy bond ETFs at this point in our history. Capital gains are not easy to make and they certainly are not easy to make on a consistent basis.
A friend of mine, who is not sophisticated in investing went to her bank to get some GICs. Her “advisor” got her to buy GICs connect to mortgages. The banks can only win with this. They put the risk of their mortgages onto their customers. The “advisors” get paid to sell these things. My friend knows that her GICs are somehow related to mortgages, but had no idea how or what the terms were. Other bonds are linked to some stock market index. Do not buy these either
Generally, with linked GICs the worst thing to happen is that you will get no interest paid at all. Usually, the face amount of the GIC is payable, so you do not lose your capital. But these things are generally non-redeemable. This means that you cannot redeem them before the end of the term.
So, the bottom line is, if you want safety and predictability the only place to be is in one to five years GICs at this point in time. There is no other place. And, I am talking about absolutely plain vanilla GICs that are not connected to anything. This site of Rate Hub seems to have some good basic Infor on GICs.
Remember the first rule of investing. It is do not buy what you do not understand.
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