Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy Precious Metals Stocks

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy Precious Metals StocksWith the stock markets fraught with uncertainty, investors are worried about what could happen to their portfolios if the markets tumble. An offbeat way to reduce your portfolio risk is to consider precious metals stocks. Precious metals stocks can be volatile as their fortunes are linked directly to the prices of metals like gold and silver. However, gold and silver are also considered safe-haven investments, especially in a choppy global…

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5 Things Investors Should Know But Probably Don’t

5 Things Investors Should Know But Probably Don'tCanadian investors love to think they are true masters of their financial kingdom when in practice most studies show many of us don’t realize small insights that could be very beneficial. We’ve uncovered some interesting things, shown below, that every investor should know. What are your thoughts? Have any more? Leave them in the comment section below. By far the cleverest way to save the most in exchange fees when…

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What’s the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still Equities

What's the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still EquitiesThe chorus of investment gurus warning about a major downturn in equity markets grew louder this week when Carl Icahn said stock investors have “a lot to be concerned about it” during an appearance on Fox Business Network. There’s no doubt he — and anyone else weighing in on the matter recently — have a point. Rising interest rates combined with lofty valuations could easily put the brakes on the…

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That Sketchy Moment When Stocks are Rising and Profits are Falling

That Sketchy Moment When Stocks are Rising and Profits are FallingThe stock market is grooving again, baby! Pure rock-and-roll! It’s like Springsteen stormed the stage in February and got the crowd back on its feet after some moody emo mope had us all crying in our beer, or whatever emo mopes drink. (Chamomile tea or puppy dog tears or hemlock or whatever.) To wit: The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is up almost 6 percent in February. That’s an E-Street…

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Market Ups and Downs Spell End of Low Volatility Era

Market Ups and Downs Spell End of Low Volatility EraIn the last month, the U.S. stock market is down just 0.8 percent, but it’s been a bumpy ride: Since Dec. 9, the S&P 500 has had a 4 percent selloff, a 6 percent rally, and a 4 percent drop that ended Thursday with a two-day gain of 3 percent. Equities were hit hard again Friday – down almost 1 percent. Investors made queasy by the sharp selloffs and snapback…

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Why the Republican Victory is Good For Markets

Why the Republican Victory is Good For MarketsThe Republicans have taken control of the U.S. legislative agenda for the next two years if not longer, and that has political and market implications up until 2016 and likely beyond. Let’s see how they handle this role, given the divisiveness within the party itself and the fact that it did not really run on a theme (like Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” back in 1994). It was a true referendum…

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The Invisible Correction

The Invisible CorrectionFrom Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987, to the September 2008 crash caused by U.S. financials’ exposure to toxic subprime loans and credit default swaps, it’s no wonder that, when autumn nears, so do investors’ fears of stock-market routs. During the 2008 collapse, which was the last major market crash aside from the flash crash of 2010, U.S. equities lost 21% of their value in a week and continued to crater until…

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5 Reasons Not To Watch For A Stock Market Correction

5 Reasons Not To Watch For A Stock Market CorrectionRecord high markets have our customers asking us questions every day such as: When will there be a correction in the market? What can I do to protect myself from it? First of all, this sort of thinking can be detrimental to your portfolio. Corrections are part of the market, just as rallies are. Trying to predict a correction is more or less impossible, but it also automatically puts you…

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Canadian Women Among Most Risk-Adverse Investors

Canadian Women Among Most Risk-Adverse InvestorsIt’s been nearly a decade since Kelly Jansen of Ottawa took her first tentative steps into the world of financial investment. She was, at the time, admittedly cautious. Overly so. Fresh out of a marriage where she took a backseat on financial matters, Jansen didn’t know how to build a portfolio, nor did she have much confidence in her ability to make the right decisions around money and her future….

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Top 6 Threats to Your Finances in 2014

Top 6 Threats to Your Finances in 2014Mounting debt We’re all another year older, and as the old song goes, deeper in debt. The latest measure of household debt by Statistics Canada shows the average household owes nearly $1.64 for every dollar it earns in a year. In the 1990s we owed less than a dollar for every dollar we earned but the creeping culture of consumerism has most Canadians living beyond their means. Late in the…

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