How to Avoid the Next Dividend Disaster

How to Avoid the Next Dividend DisasterThe protracted slump in crude and the ongoing weakness of commodities over the last two years triggered a dividend crisis for Canadian investors. A raft of dividend darlings in the energy patch slashed or even terminated their dividends as they battled to shore up over-levered balance sheets and protect diminishing cash flows. This wasn’t only restricted to energy stocks. Dividend cuts occurred across the TSX as companies sought to rein…

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Why You Should Ignore Share Prices

Why You Should Ignore Share PricesIt’s easy to get caught up in stock prices as they move up and down, especially when there are large swings. However, focusing on share prices can actually be hazardous to your portfolio’s health if you end up overtrading due to emotion. Here’s why you should ignore share prices and focus on other things that are more telling. Why share prices don’t tell you much The share price doesn’t tell…

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The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor Pain

The 5 basic Rules to Avoid Investor PainWe’ll try to round up some scary things in the market for our column in two weeks, just in time for Halloween. In the interim, let’s go back to some more basic investment rules and guidelines that all investors should pay attention to. There is never just ONE dividend cut When a company’s fortunes change enough to require a cut in the dividend, the board of directors — almost always…

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3 Steps to a More Secure Retirement

3 Steps to a More Secure RetirementEven though many of us are still decades away from retirement, it’s a constant worry. Nobody wants to run out of cash during their golden years. With record housing prices, higher food costs, and increasing financial commitments despite stagnant salaries, saving for retirement is tougher than ever. And with interest rates hitting record lows, it’s hard to get decent returns–especially from fixed income. Investors don’t have to fret about obligations decades away….

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Why the Chip Card isn’t the Disaster Everybody Says It Is

Why the Chip Card isn't the Disaster Everybody Says It IsFrom all the grumpiness over the “EMV” chip-card transition, you’d think that the circuitry embedded in our new credit cards delivered a small electric shock every time you inserted one into a terminal at a check-out counter. Customers say they don’t like chip cards because you have to leave them in a reader for as long as half a minute instead of swiping a card’s magnetic stripe with a single,…

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