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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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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Few Stock Bargains in Canada Despite Widening Valuation Gap with the U.S.

Few Stock Bargains in Canada Despite Widening Valuation Gap with the U.S.Investors bullish on Canadian stocks seem to be a dying breed. The S&P/TSX composite has declined more than 12 per cent since its near-term high in mid-April and the summer pullback has brought down valuations in a number of sectors to the point where some stocks such as the banks look like outright bargains compared to historical averages. Corrections tend to attract bargain hunters, but few buyers seem willing to…

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5 Tips For Doubling Down On Your Winning Investments

5 Tips For Doubling Down On Your Winning InvestmentsDespite the proven risk-reduction benefits of portfolio diversification, it cannot be argued that one of the ways to get truly rich from equities is to have an exceptionally concentrated portfolio. If a stock is going to go up 10- or 20-fold, then owning a giant position in one great stock is a sure way to riches. Some aggressive investors will double down on winning positions as a way to further…

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Historic Facebook Debut Falls Flat

Historic Facebook Debut Falls FlatThe historic initial public offering of Facebook Inc did not go as planned on Friday, as the social networking company’s sky-high valuation combined with trading glitches left the stock languishing near its offering price at the market close. Facebook shares began trading late Friday morning and opened 11 percent above the $38 offering price, but after peaking at about $45 slid rapidly at the end of the day to close…

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