5 Things to do Before Selling a Winning Stock

5 Things to do Before Selling a Winning StockAutoCanada Inc. was the subject of 5i Research Inc.’s first research report after we launched our company in January 2012. It was given a B+ rating and its share price was $6.30. Now it’s at about $70 per share making it that rare 10-bagger — that is, a stock that has increased tenfold. We’re not gloating, but it is, of course, great to pick such an investment winner. Many investors,…

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Canadian Investors Keeping Cash Within Our Borders

Canadian Investors Keeping Cash Within Our BordersBlame it on Olympic fever. It seems nothing is immune to the wave of Canadian pride sweeping the nation, not even how we choose to invest our money. A new poll from CIBC Asset Management found the majority of Canadians, though primarily interested in long-term growth, remain reluctant to stray too far from home when it comes to investing our retirement portfolios. Indeed, 68 per cent of Canadians surveyed said…

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Time to get a little picky on REITs?

Time to get a little picky on REITs?The threat of rising interest rates slammed the real estate investment trust sector in 2013. For 2014, with that threat still there, it may be time to get selective when it comes to your REIT picks because double-digit returns are going to become more difficult to achieve. “We believe the Canadian REITs are at the end of a 20-year era of exceptional returns driven by declining interest rates,” said Alex…

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Using Dividend Stocks to Build Income

Using Dividend Stocks to Build IncomeHow did you get into investing?After finishing post secondary, I visited my local banker to get some investing advice and was pointed towards one of their mutual funds that was selected based on my risk tolerance at the time. I set up an automatic withdraw plan and watched as my net worth began to slowly grow in size. It was a good feeling! After reading copious amounts of literature on…

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Dollar Cost Averaging Helps Investors Manage Risk

Dollar Cost Averaging Helps Investors Manage RiskPeople are always looking for the best time to buy when investing their money. Ultimately, no one wants to pay too much for an investment that they know will fluctuate in value from one day to the next. It doesn’t matter how smart or experienced someone may be, no one can tell you with any degree of certainty where interest rates will be from one day to the next and,…

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Gold and Bits – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Gold and Bits - Two Sides of the Same CoinIt was as if gold was taking a lesson from Bitcoin the day before, and for once you couldn’t blame North Korea. On Thursday, the electronic currency plummeted to about $50 after hitting a Wednesday high of about $260. “What did they think?” chuckled someone at a business news meeting I attended. “Bitcoins have no real value. They are just an imaginary currency.” Fast forward to Friday. Gold plummets $30…

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10 Great Ways to Learn Stock Trading

10 Great Ways to Learn Stock TradingNew investors taking their first steps towards learning the basics of stock trading should have access to multiple sources of quality education. Just like riding a bike, trial and error coupled with the ability to keep pressing forth will eventually lead to success. One great advantage of stock trading lies in the fact that the game itself lasts a lifetime. Investors have years to develop and hone their skills. Strategies…

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To fee or not to fee? That is the question

To fee or not to fee? That is the questionAfter the financial crisis of 2008-09, governments around the world started looking at ways to make the investment business more ethical and transparent to consumers. Some countries are changing the compensation system for financial intermediaries. Instead of allowing product providers to pay commissions to product sellers, they want consumers to pay sellers directly for their services. Embedded commissions are hidden from consumers and represent a conflict of interest that makes…

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Top 10 Investment Tips

Top 10 Investment TipsThe nascent investors in this world of investment are always in search of useful saving tips. Being an amateur in the investment field, this article can act as the right vehicle that would help you to pave the right path with investment guidelines. As the proverb goes “to have money is good, to have control of money is still better” and in order to have better control over the money…

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The sad fate of labour-sponsored funds

The sad fate of labour-sponsored fundsRemember when all you heard from investment salespeople during the RRSP season was about the 30 per cent tax credits available on a labour-sponsored fund? Sometimes, they added the RRSP deduction and showed how 75 to 80 per cent of your contribution was subsidized. Sounded like a great deal, right? But did they also mention the sky high management fees or the fact that a portfolio of emerging businesses might…

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