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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The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to Traverse

The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to TraverseExchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Canada recently broke through the $100 billion mark in assets under management. And with more than 400 ETFs trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s getting a lot harder for self-directed investors to build consistent, easy-to-maintain portfolios without a bit of outside help. In the early days, it was simple enough: the classic “Couch Potato” ETF portfolio would have consisted of about four broad-based, low-cost ETFs….

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3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPOpening and contributing to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is a great way to set money aside for retirement, and dividend stocks are ideal investments for these accounts. With this in mind, let’s take a look at three with high and safe yields of 3-5% that you could buy right now. 1. Telus Corporation Telus Corporation (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada’s third-largest telecommunications company with approximately 12.44 million total customer connections,…

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Here are 5 Reasons to Temper Your Enthusiasm on Gold Stocks

Here are 5 Reasons to Temper Your Enthusiasm on Gold StocksGold stocks have been on an absolute tear this year, with some, such as Kinross (K/TSX) or Richmont (RIC/TSX) up more than 100% in the first five months of the year. Smaller company shares have risen, generally, even more. Investors and fund managers are falling all over themselves trying to buy into the sector. Of course, we have seen this movie before: sometimes the sector keeps rallying after a big…

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Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSP

Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSPThe RRSP contribution limit deadline is fast approaching, and many Canadians have still not contributed to their accounts yet. Fortunately, there is still some time to add some stocks that can help fuel some growth for years to come. Here are a couple of companies to consider adding to your RRSP that are a good balance between growth and dividend payouts.  Read More…

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5 Things That Help Protect Investors From Short Sellers

5 Things That Help Protect Investors From Short SellersSeveral Canadian companies in the past few months have been the target of short sellers. Either through the release of a very bad (in terms of comments, not quality) research reports, or an executed plan of smearing via social media, companies such as DH Corp., Home Capital Group Inc., Nobilis Health Corp. and, of course, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. have all been attacked, resulting in large short-term losses for investors….

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Dont Panic – Market Corrections Are an Opportunity in Disguise

Dont Panic - Market Corrections Are an Opportunity in DisguiseIt’s official. We are in correction territory. Chinese shares have erased all of the year’s gains. Dow futures dropped more than 600 points last week. And today, it dropped 1,000 points when the market opened. The natural, human response is to panic because your stock is losing value. But I would implore you, as a smart investor, not to panic. What separates the smart investor from the average investor is…

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Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend Stocks

Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend StocksI recently did a review of ShareOwner discount brokerage, which promotes regular dividend stock purchases.  One thing that came out of that review, is that regardless of how cheap the trading costs are – regular purchases of stocks are quite expensive. In this post, I’m going to discuss some strategies to buy dividend stocks (or any other kind of stocks) in the cheapest manner possible at discount brokerages. Some low…

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ADRs as a Dividend Investment

ADRs as a Dividend InvestmentFor those of you unfamiliar with the term ADRs, it stands for American depositary receipt. An ADR is a stock that trades in the United States but represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation. ADRs are bought and sold on American markets just like regular stocks, and are issued in the U.S. by a bank or brokerage company. For dividend investors looking for diversification, ADRs can offer…

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