2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump Presidency

These Stocks Will Suffer Under a Trump PresidencyAccording to a new report from Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY), Canadian utility, telecom, and real estate stocks will face mounting headwinds under a Trump presidency. Their report, titled “The Corner of Bay and Trump,” highlights how higher U.S. fiscal spending combined with tax cuts is likely to lead to higher U.S. inflation rates. Why would higher U.S. inflation rates be a threat to the Canadian economy? The loonie is set…

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History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian Stocks

History Shows US elections Cause Drop in Canadian StocksAny slump in Canadian stocks in the wake of the U.S. presidential election will be fleeting, history suggests. And while this isn’t any normal election, market strategists say the brighter outlook for energy outweighs rising qualms about the outcome. Canadian stocks tend to sell off on a change in the White House, regardless of the winner, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index tumbling in the aftermath of eight of the past…

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Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual Funds

Why Stocks Are a Better Investment Than Mutual FundsThe stock market continually garners a considerable volume of sensational headlines that fuel nervousness among investors. This coupled with the heavy-handed marketing of fund managers and financial planners creates the illusion that mutual funds offer superior and more accessible means for small investors to access the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Direct stock investing is still one of the best and possibly the easiest means of achieving…

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5 Ways to Avoid Outrageous Investment Fees

5 Ways to Avoid Outrageous Investment FeesMore amendments to the way investment dealers and advisers deal with their clients are coming in July and firms are very worried. The new initiatives — part of the Client Relationship Model — Phase 2, or CRM2, initiative — are meant to show clients how much money in fees they are actually paying on their investments. Specifically, they will show the annual cost and compensation (in dollars) of all operating,…

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3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Great Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPOpening and contributing to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is a great way to set money aside for retirement, and dividend stocks are ideal investments for these accounts. With this in mind, let’s take a look at three with high and safe yields of 3-5% that you could buy right now. 1. Telus Corporation Telus Corporation (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada’s third-largest telecommunications company with approximately 12.44 million total customer connections,…

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5 Reasons to Love Stocks No Matter What the Market is Doing

5 Reasons to Love Stocks No Matter What the Market is DoingI was reading a new investment book this week, Market Masters, by Robin Speziale. (Well, I sort of had to read it, since there was a chapter on me in it!) The book is a collection of interviews with successful investors, and makes for a very good read. At the end, Speziale speculates on what actually makes a good investor. One of his conclusions: good investors simply love the investment…

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Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSP

Here Are Some Last-Minute Investments for Your RRSPThe RRSP contribution limit deadline is fast approaching, and many Canadians have still not contributed to their accounts yet. Fortunately, there is still some time to add some stocks that can help fuel some growth for years to come. Here are a couple of companies to consider adding to your RRSP that are a good balance between growth and dividend payouts.  Read More…

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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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TSX, Wall Street Rebound in Global Stock Rally as Oil Prices Surge

TSX, Wall Street Rebound in Global Stock Rally as Oil Prices SurgeNorth American stock markets rallied Friday to close a week of losses with big gains, propelled by a more than 12 per cent jump in crude oil prices. The March contract for crude oil shot up US$3.23 a barrel to US$29.44. Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 293.87 points or 2.4 per cent at 12,381.24. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 313.66 points at…

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