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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These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump Presidency

These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump PresidencyAccording to a new report from Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY), Canadian utility, telecom, and real estate stocks will face mounting headwinds under a Trump presidency. Their report, titled “The Corner of Bay and Trump,” highlights how higher U.S. fiscal spending combined with tax cuts is likely to lead to higher U.S. inflation rates. Why would higher U.S. inflation rates be a threat to the Canadian economy? The loonie is set…

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Don’t Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn’t as Bad as Believed

Don't Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn't as Bad as BelievedMarkets whipsawed wildly once it became clear that outsider Donald Trump had ascended to the Oval Office. For a brief moment, it appeared the cataclysm that many economists and analysts on Wall Street had been dreading had finally arisen. It was feared that Trump’s regressive policies on immigration, foreign aid, trade, and taxation would spark considerable volatility and eventually lead the U.S. into a recession. Nonetheless, after Trump addressed financial…

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History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian Stocks

History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian StocksAny slump in Canadian stocks in the wake of the U.S. presidential election will be fleeting, history suggests. And while this isn’t any normal election, market strategists say the brighter outlook for energy outweighs rising qualms about the outcome. Canadian stocks tend to sell off on a change in the White House, regardless of the winner, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index tumbling in the aftermath of eight of the past…

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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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Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual Funds

Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual FundsThe stock market continually garners a considerable volume of sensational headlines that fuel nervousness among investors. This coupled with the heavy-handed marketing of fund managers and financial planners creates the illusion that mutual funds offer superior and more accessible means for small investors to access the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Direct stock investing is still one of the best and possibly the easiest means of achieving…

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When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always Better

When Picking a Hedge Fund, Bigger isn’t Always BetterFor many years the question of whether the size of a hedge fund affects its returns has been hotly debated. Although there is ample evidence that a few legendary funds are able to manage billions of dollars and consistently deliver outsized returns to investors over the long term (especially on a risk-adjusted basis), there is mounting evidence that, at least in the world of hedge funds, smaller can be better….

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