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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Canada and the Loonie Just Got Some Great News

Canada and the Loonie Just Got Some Great NewsIt looks like Canadian investors can enjoy a sigh of relief: the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled today that it wouldn’t raise rates. It also introduced an increasingly cautious approach by cutting the number of rate increases expected in 2017 and 2018. The long-run interest rate forecast was also reset lower to 2.9% from 3%. Why is this such a big deal? The loonie has faced an onslaught of pressures in recent months and years.  Read…

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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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5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016

5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016We are generally very optimistic investors. And why not? We have, in 30 years of investing, seen nearly every crisis and market panic possible, and still markets are at record highs. We have no particular worries about current equity market conditions. However, that in no way means an investor should be complacent. We have not seen a major market correction in some time, and markets never go straight up. We…

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Why Canada’s Olympic Medalists Can’t Outrun the Taxman

Why Canada's Olympic Medalists Can't Outrun the TaxmanWhen Canada’s Olympic athletes returned home from Rio this week with a 22-medal haul, they were met at the airport by cheering family and friends as well as autograph-seeking fans. But some of them may also soon be greeted by the taxman looking for a piece of their Olympic winnings. In addition to the hardware the winning athletes brought home from the games, each Canadian medal winner will also receive…

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5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your Portfolio

5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your PortfolioOne of the fascinating things about the market is that, no matter how long you invest, or how much you think you know, there can always be new lessons learned. For a lot of investors, losing money — unfortunately — is often the cost of tuition for these market lessons. But, no investor is going to bat 1.000, and if you can at least learn from your mistakes then your…

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You Only Live Once

You Only Live OnceIf you’re of a certain age, YOLO needs no translation. For the rest of us, personal finance writer Jason Vitug has helpfully spelled it out in the title of his latest book: You Only Live Once. Vitug is American, as is his publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. but, as is often the case, the basic principles transcend borders. Vitug was a credit union executive who has turned financial guru…

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