You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There’s A Catch

You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There's A CatchWhile early retirement may be a pipe dream for most of us, every once in a while I hear from readers who have pulled it off and are living almost tax-free on dividend income alone. An example is Torontonian Phil McKinley, who retired in his early 40s a couple of years ago and has been living on his non-registered dividend income tax-free. While McKinley is reluctant to divulge his full…

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Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy Precious Metals Stocks

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy Precious Metals StocksWith the stock markets fraught with uncertainty, investors are worried about what could happen to their portfolios if the markets tumble. An offbeat way to reduce your portfolio risk is to consider precious metals stocks. Precious metals stocks can be volatile as their fortunes are linked directly to the prices of metals like gold and silver. However, gold and silver are also considered safe-haven investments, especially in a choppy global…

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Stop Wasting Money

Stop Wasting MoneyIt is a universal element of the human condition that we seek out individuals who are similar to ourselves. People who share our values, traditions, culture, religious beliefs, political leanings, and even entertainment preferences. The upside of this type of behaviour is that we tend to lead more enjoyable lives and feel more fulfilled because we are surrounded by others who validate our existence. The downside is that we lead…

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6 Top Reasons to Buy Dividend Stocks

6 Top Reasons to Buy Dividend StocksDividend investing is popular for many reasons. Here are six. Outperformance Studies have shown that dividend stocks have tended to outperform non-dividend payers. Dividend stocks that grow their dividends have performed even better. One reason may be that dividend companies have less capital to work with after paying out some of their earnings as dividends. So, these companies have been more careful with where they invest their remaining capital.  Read…

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How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion Rate

How to Plan for a Potential Hike in the Capital Gains Inclusion RateWith the federal budget now set for March 22, 2017, investors with significant accrued capital gains in their securities portfolios are wondering whether a hike to the capital gains inclusion rate could be in the cards on budget day and, if so, is there anything they can do it about now. Of course, investors need only be concerned with capital gains taxes if they hold appreciated investments in non-registered accounts….

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Get Growth and Income Too

Get Growth and Income TooWhen it comes to utilities, investors expect a rich dividend. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN) doesn’t disappoint. Its annual payout of US$0.466 per share is good for a 5% yield for Canadian investors, as the U.S. dollar has been strengthening against the Canadian dollar. The high yield is secured by the company’s stable cash flow generation and a conservative payout ratio. What fuels Algonquin’s cash flows is its diversified…

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Will This Canada Goose Honk for Investors?

Will This Canada Goose Honk for Investors?Dear Fellow Fools, Ah, the “IPO”. I wonder how many of us had even heard of such a thing prior to the late ‘90’s when tech IPOs were trumpeted by daily headlines and provided 1,000% opening day moves (based on loose recollection, perhaps a slight exaggeration). The initials stand for “Initial Public Offering,” and this generally refers to a time in a company’s life when it moves from the world…

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This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial Freedom

This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial FreedomBank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) is a terrific Canadian bank that is a great way to capitalize on growth coming from the emerging markets. The company reported strong Q4 2016 results, and that could be the start of a sustained rally to higher levels. There’s a huge amount of momentum coming from the international segment which will provide the company a nice boost to earnings. Although the company soared a…

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2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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Why Even a Crystal Ball is No Guarantee

Why Even a Crystal Ball is No GuaranteeA great deal of investment analysts’ time is spent trying to predict the future. How will the new iPhone sell? How many new automobiles will be sold in Europe next year?  What will next week’s employment numbers look like? Who will win the next election? And what will the Fed do about interest rates in the coming quarters? These questions are important to these analysts not because of the answers…

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