The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest In

The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest InInvestors, it seems, are always looking for the “next great thing.” Since individual stocks are so hard to pick, though, some investors look for investment “themes” instead. They figure if they can latch onto an emerging or hot trend, then it matters less what stock they actually buy within that trend — since they all might do well. This can, in our view, be a dangerous exercise. Usually “hot” themes…

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Markets and Impacts from Terrorism

Markets and Impacts from TerrorismA wave of violence has been gripping the world for the past few months, including the most recent one in Nice, France on Bastille Day where 84 (and counting) had been killed from a lone truck driver whereby early reports are conflicted if ISIS was involved.  And then there was the killings in Orlando back in June that took 49 at the Pulse nightclub. And the incident at Istanbul’s airport…

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The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to Traverse

The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to TraverseExchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Canada recently broke through the $100 billion mark in assets under management. And with more than 400 ETFs trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s getting a lot harder for self-directed investors to build consistent, easy-to-maintain portfolios without a bit of outside help. In the early days, it was simple enough: the classic “Couch Potato” ETF portfolio would have consisted of about four broad-based, low-cost ETFs….

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Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?

Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?If you want more income, one of the first places you can explore is real estate investment trusts (REITs). They own portfolios of properties that are diversified geographically and across many tenants. Some are diversified across asset types as well. Most importantly, many REITs pay juicy distributions that can help you pay your bills. Here are a couple of ideas. NorthWest Health Prop Real Est Inv Trust (TSX:NWH.UN) owns 120…

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World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to Come

World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to ComeBritain’s exit from the European Union is expected trigger increased volatility in global markets for months and years to come. Fears of the fallout were immediately manifested in global financial markets Friday, which lost about US$2 trillion in value, while the British pound suffered a record drop to a 31-year low. U.S. stocks witnessed their worst performance in 10 months. Here at home, the S&P/TSX Composite Index closed down 239 points….

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3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPU.S. dividends received in non-registered or tax-free savings accounts will experience a 15% withholding tax. So, the registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is the best account to buy and hold discounted dividend stocks such as Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP (TSX:HOT.UN). Why is Wells Fargo a bargain today? Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the U.S. The…

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5 Ways to Avoid Outrageous Investment Fees

5 Ways to Avoid Outrageous Investment FeesMore amendments to the way investment dealers and advisers deal with their clients are coming in July and firms are very worried. The new initiatives — part of the Client Relationship Model — Phase 2, or CRM2, initiative — are meant to show clients how much money in fees they are actually paying on their investments. Specifically, they will show the annual cost and compensation (in dollars) of all operating,…

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3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPOpening and contributing to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is a great way to set money aside for retirement, and dividend stocks are ideal investments for these accounts. With this in mind, let’s take a look at three with high and safe yields of 3-5% that you could buy right now. 1. Telus Corporation Telus Corporation (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada’s third-largest telecommunications company with approximately 12.44 million total customer connections,…

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Here are 5 Reasons to Temper Your Enthusiasm on Gold Stocks

Here are 5 Reasons to Temper Your Enthusiasm on Gold StocksGold stocks have been on an absolute tear this year, with some, such as Kinross (K/TSX) or Richmont (RIC/TSX) up more than 100% in the first five months of the year. Smaller company shares have risen, generally, even more. Investors and fund managers are falling all over themselves trying to buy into the sector. Of course, we have seen this movie before: sometimes the sector keeps rallying after a big…

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The Last Bulls Standing – Not Everyone is Urging Investors to Sell in May

The Last Bulls Standing - Not Everyone is Urging Investors to Sell in MayThis week’s investor groupthink came courtesy of the American investment banks, a number of which turned bearish on U.S. stocks at around the same time. From Goldman Sachs to Bank of America Merrill Lynch to Citigroup, analysts were making calls this week urging investors to sell in May and go away — maybe even go away for a while. All you had to do was look at the signals, they…

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