This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial Freedom

This Incredible Dividend Stock Could Be Your Ticket to Financial FreedomBank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) is a terrific Canadian bank that is a great way to capitalize on growth coming from the emerging markets. The company reported strong Q4 2016 results, and that could be the start of a sustained rally to higher levels. There’s a huge amount of momentum coming from the international segment which will provide the company a nice boost to earnings. Although the company soared a…

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Why You Should Ignore Share Prices

Why You Should Ignore Share PricesIt’s easy to get caught up in stock prices as they move up and down, especially when there are large swings. However, focusing on share prices can actually be hazardous to your portfolio’s health if you end up overtrading due to emotion. Here’s why you should ignore share prices and focus on other things that are more telling. Why share prices don’t tell you much The share price doesn’t tell…

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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 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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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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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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If this Key Trend Ends Stocks Could be in Trouble

If this Key Trend Ends Stocks Could be in TroubleIt could be called the Great American Dichotomy: As the rest of the world struggles, the American economy continues to slowly grow. But some traders say that investors are making a big mistake if they think this divergence will continue forever. After Caterpillar (CAT) released earnings Thursday, CEO Doug Oberhelman told CNBC’s ” Squawk Box “: “We’ve seen a real dichotomy here in the world. The U.S. growing fairly slowly…

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How to Reduce the Risks of Investing in Stocks

How to Reduce the Risks of Investing in StocksInvesting in stocks historically gives higher returns than placing money in bonds, GICs, or savings accounts. With higher return comes higher risk. Here I will talk about two risks that come with investing in stocks and how to reduce those risks. 1. Risk of capital loss You can buy and sell stocks on major exchanges easily through your bank or through a trading platform. However, the flip side of this…

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Investors Connect the Dots of Financial Forecasts at their Perils

Investors Connect the Dots of Financial Forecasts at their PerilsThe growing globalization of financial markets over the past 30 years means information from the four corners of the world is amassed in real time for the consumption of traders, pundits, and ordinary investors. But instead of increasing the batting average of financial forecasters, all this extra info only adds to the noise surrounding their less-than-perfect predictions. Human nature compels us to attempt to connect the dots — however seemingly…

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Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual Fund

Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual FundThere are plenty of reasons that show how very bad mutual funds are for investors: weak performance, high fees, closet indexing, you name it. But mutual funds can serve a purpose and, yes, there are some good ones out there. Such funds can still be a good place to start investing, as minimums can be low and diversification can be instantly achieved. Instead of highlighting some top funds (which will…

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