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.  Read…

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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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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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5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain Weird

5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain WeirdMarkets have indeed been strange for some time now. Most investors are confused about whether to sell, or buy, or panic, or just go to cash and avoid the craziness. However, if you think more closely about things, you might come to the conclusion that markets are always strange. Investors and the market are just not … normal. Why do we say this? Let’s look at five reasons why markets…

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3 Value Picks for 2016 and Beyond

3 Value Picks for 2016 and BeyondIf you’re looking for a value play for 2016 and beyond, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured the market and found three stocks that are trading at inexpensive valuations compared with their five-year and industry averages, so let’s take a quick look at each to determine which would fit best in your portfolio. 1. Canadian National Railway Company Canadian National Railway Company (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) is the largest rail network…

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What the Toronto Blue Jays Can Tell Investors About Risk

What the Toronto Blue Jays Can Tell Investors About RiskIt’s been a week since the Toronto Blue Jays lost the American League Championship to the Kansas City Royals. Although the sting of coming so close to the World Series for the first time in 23 years will take some time to dissipate, there are some lessons to be learned from the brand of baseball that the Jays played that can help investors understand how their investment time horizons affect…

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3 Stocks That Can Add Value to Your Portfolio

3 Stocks That Can Add Value to Your PortfolioAs many investors have learned the hard way, it can be very difficult to find the right stock at the right price when you are ready to make a purchase. Lucky for you, I have done the hard part and found three stocks that are trading at inexpensive valuations, so let’s take a closer look to determine which would fit best in your portfolio. 1. Stantec Inc. Stantec Inc. (TSX:STN)(NYSE:STN)…

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5 Things To Do Before Watching Your Portfolio Crumble

5 Things To Do Before Watching Your Portfolio CrumbleIgnoring market volatility and handling market crashes are two of the toughest things investors have to face. There are a number of reactive strategies to handle them, but it’s probably better to take a proactive approach. Maybe you believe market volatility will continue or accelerate. Maybe you fear a crash or another 2008-type scenario. Regardless, you do not have to sit there and watch your portfolio decline in value. Here…

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Educate Yourself to Become a Better Investor and Understand Your Portfolio

Educate Yourself to Become a Better Investor and Understand Your PortfolioAs students head back to class next week, shell-shocked investors looking for a little peace of mind may also want to hit the books to beef up their financial know-how and soothe their frazzled nerves. The stock market is currently taking investors on a roller-coaster ride, meaning there has never been a better time to have an appropriate financial plan and the right investments in your portfolio.  Read More…

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3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear Market

3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear MarketThe financial media as of late—in both Canada and the U.S.—has been overrun with headlines talking about the potential for another bear market. It’s clear why. A 10% correction in the TSX in August followed by news that we are in a recession has put investors on edge. Is there any accuracy to claims that a new bear market is upon us? It is impossible to know for sure, but…

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