Science of ETFs

This two (2) day course explores the history of the most traded instrument at present: ETFs or Exchange Traded Funds.

There are a myriad of ETFs available and there is widespread misinformation and misconceptions associated with this product. ETFs are being created every day and are attractive to investors as they are as diverse as a Mutual Fund. However, they act like a stock and can be used by investors and institutions as a method of portfolio hedging.

In this course we'll review the ETF structure, their characteristics and the creation process, the indexes on which the ETFs are based, ETF strategies, and the myths of ETF investing. This course will compare ETFs to other products and review tax favourability that has provided momentum in the product's growth. Review the evolution of the ETF in Canada and the global market and explore growth opportunities by taking an in-depth look at the portfolio strategies and hedging models

All course materials are provided. Upon confirmation of registration, the student will receive a free one-year subscription to Investment Executive, Canada's Newspaper for Financial Advisors. 

Science of ETFs

Day 1 Day 2
  • History and Background
  • Understanding the ETF Structure and the different types of product
  • Key Characteristics
  • Differences and similarities with other financial products
  • The creation/redemption process
  • Market Making
  • Liquidity
  • ETF regulation
  • Taxation
  • Advanced investment strategies
  • Covered Call, Inverse, Swap-based and Leveraged ETFs
  • Guidelines for Placing ETF orders
  • The Myths of ETF Investing
  • Replication strategies used by ETFs



Science of ETFs

This course will be of interest to persons who are:

  • Interested in understanding ETFs & how they differ from Mutual Funds
  • Interested in trading this product or adding this product to their portfolio
  • Interested in the strategies involved in this product
Science of ETFs

Students will:

  • Gain an practical understanding of the composition and applications of ETFs and how they are used by the savvy investor.
  • Gain an understanding of the different types of ETFs, where, how and why they are traded, and which ones are most widely traded.
  • Gain a practical understanding of using ETF hedging models.
  • Understand the tax benefits of ETFs

Follow up courses

Global Securities: Trading and Settlement


Science of ETFs
Note:  Location of classes will be confirmed closer to the date of the course.

Instructors:  Grahame Lyons and Yves Rebetez


Grahame has over 20 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Development and Executive Management in the Canadian Financial Services industry dating back to 1985.

He obtained a Finance degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as passing the Canadian Securities Course and Investment Funds Institute of Canada Course early in his career.                   

Grahame has lived in West Vancouver with his wife and two children since moving from his birthplace of West Hill, ON in 1999.

 Grahame’s background areas of expertise include:

  • Financial Advisor with Assante Financial Management
  • investment Counsellor with Loring Ward Investment Counsel
  • Wholesaler with Fidelity Investments and Blackrock
  • National Accounts/Head Office coverage with Claymore Investments
  • Executive Management with Matrix Asset Management
  • Product Development with Matrix Asset Management
  • Marketing with Strategic Value Funds
  • Media/Investor relations/Public relations with Strategic Value Funds
  • Customer Service Team Management with Strategic Value Funds 


Yves is an Exchange Traded Fund and Closed End Fund specialist. As the Managing Director, Editor of ETF Insight, Yves is able to leverage his vast knowledge of ETFs and Structured Products to better provide understanding to the public at large about these products.

Prior to launching ETF Insight, he was Vice President of ETFs/Structured Products with RBC Dominion Securities from 2004 to 2011.

Yves also worked as a Portfolio Advisor, specializing in Canadian Equities with the Portfolio Advisory Group at RBC Dominion Securities.

Earlier work experience in portfolio management includes, both Fixed Income for Institutional Clients, and International Equities for High Net Worth Individuals, with Credit Suisse Canada in Toronto, and prior to that, with UBS in Switzerland.

Yves is a CFA Charterholder.

Yves regularly contributes to the Financial Post, and sits on the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (CIFSC) on behalf of the Canadian ETF Association.



Science of ETFs