How Investors Should Handle Cold Stocks in Canada’s Hot Economy

How Investors Should Handle Cold Stocks in Canada's Hot EconomyThe world’s fastest-growing developed economy has the worst-performing stock market, creating buying opportunities especially for investors in Canada’s financial sector. The S&P/TSX Composite Index is down 2.2 per cent from April to June, set for its first quarterly drop since 2015 and the steepest decline among 24 advanced markets tracked by Bloomberg. Year-to-date, its 0.5 per cent dip compares with returns of 8.1 per cent for the S&P 500, 8.1…

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High-Flying Stock Markets Are Nothing To Be Afraid Of

High-Flying Stock Markets Are Nothing To Be Afraid OfThe last eight years or so have given us what must be the strangest stock market bull run in history. I wrote five years ago that this is the bull market that nobody loves, and investors find it just as difficult to embrace today. Wall Street, London and other major global stock markets are nudging all-time highs, but investors continue to remain sceptical. Are they right to be afraid?  …

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2 Top Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding 4-8%

2 Top Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding 4-8%Dividend stocks are the foundation of great portfolios, because as history has shown, they far outperform non-dividend-paying stocks over the long term. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at two high-quality dividend stocks that you could buy today and hold for decades. Pattern Energy Group Inc. Pattern Energy Group Inc. (TSX:PEG)(NASDAQ:PEGI) is one of the world’s largest independent producers of wind power…

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3 Investment Lessons Learned Already in 2017

3 Investment Lessons Learned Already in 2017This year has been a very interesting one thus far. Stock markets across the globe may have risen in general, but they have been volatile. Risks remain on a global scale and this year has shown they could flare up without warning at any time. And with the situation in Europe being relatively uncertain, it has been somewhat surprising that investor sentiment has remained robust. Geopolitical tensions While the conflict…

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Two Stocks Under $5 – Could They Double?

Two Stocks Under $5 - Could They Double?Contrarian investors are looking for beaten-up stocks that might be ready to start a recovery. Let’s take a look at Bombardier, Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE)(NYSE:BTE) to see if one is attractive right now. Bombardier Bombardier’s CSeries jet program is finally getting off the ground, but years of delays and cost overruns on the program have taken a toll on the balance sheet and the stock price…

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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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