3 Investment Lessons Learned Already in 2017

3 Investment Lessons Learned Already in 2017This year has been a very interesting one thus far. Stock markets across the globe may have risen in general, but they have been volatile. Risks remain on a global scale and this year has shown they could flare up without warning at any time. And with the situation in Europe being relatively uncertain, it has been somewhat surprising that investor sentiment has remained robust. Geopolitical tensions While the conflict…

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Investors, Is Now The Time to Short Canada?

Investors, Is Now The Time to Short Canada?It hasn’t been a terribly good week for the TSX Composite Index. Canada’s benchmark stock index has fallen more than 1% from the beginning of the week through Thursday’s close. Normally, a 1% move in just under a week is the very epitome of much ado about nothing. Stocks are constantly moving up and down for dubious reasons. Normally it takes a 3% or 5% move in a week before…

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Two Stocks Under $5 – Could They Double?

Two Stocks Under $5 - Could They Double?Contrarian investors are looking for beaten-up stocks that might be ready to start a recovery. Let’s take a look at Bombardier, Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE)(NYSE:BTE) to see if one is attractive right now. Bombardier Bombardier’s CSeries jet program is finally getting off the ground, but years of delays and cost overruns on the program have taken a toll on the balance sheet and the stock price…

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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…

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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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