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My wife who is Canadian (we were married in Dec 1999) and I have been going over our investments and she showed me her RRSP. She does not know much about investing so she put her money in a group of funds called the Ethical Funds. I know the rules about 80% investing in Canada (in fact her US stock fund has to keep being divested and she has put them into the other Ethical Funds, things that are at 6% or worse -even losing money within the fund.) The funds are full of bond investments (even the growth funds) or are heavily into slow or no growth industries. I have been trying to do some research (are JDSU and Nortel Canadian companies BTW??) but just dont have the information easily available. Of course then I realized that TMF boards are a wonderful place to get educated.


1) Does investment in Canada mean government bonds and funds or can it be companies that are solid that are based in Canada?

2) Are there instruments/tools that can be RRSPs but have stocks in them instead of using a fund?

3) Are their index funds for the TSE (see, I am learning) and are they any good?

4) I am glad to do DD but are there any "Foolish Four" type models that work in Canada because I cant really do a lot more research given my US research.

Thank you so much

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