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…

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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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Five Things Investors Should Not So in a Bear Market

Five Things Investors Should Not So in a Bear MarketMost markets, and certainly most currencies and commodities, are now officially in a bear market. That’s the arbitrary term for anything that is down 20 per cent from its peak. Of course, many stocks are down 40 or 50 per cent or more, so we might need a new term to describe them — zombie market? That is, dead but still moving? Many investors fear a bear market, because it…

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The Weekend is Over And the Markets are Falling Again

The Weekend is Over And the Markets are Falling AgainAn office worker walks past an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) window. World markets are open for Monday trading, and they’re down. US futures are in the red with Dow futures down 120 points and S&P 500 futures down 13 points. Asian markets are also set to trade in the red. All this follows last week’s bloodletting, which saw the S&P 500 fall 6%. It was the worst first five trading…

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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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5 reasons it’s Still Too Early to Buy Commodities Stocks

5 reasons it's Still Too Early to Buy Commodities StocksMany contrarian investors are wondering if the time is right to start loading up on commodities in anticipation of the next big rally. Certainly, stocks in the sector are cheap, and we would expect many of them to double if and when a commodity recovery occurs. Stocks of smaller, riskier companies could triple or more. Alas, we need to throw some cold water on such thoughts. It is still far…

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Time to buy Canada?

Time to buy Canada?Canada’s stock market has been among the worst performing in the world this year, with many global fund managers selling Canadian equities and foreign short-sellers targeting everything from resource companies to the country’s banks. Being negative on Canada has certainly been a profitable play. The S&P/TSX Composite Index is currently down eight per cent for 2015, compared with a 1.46 per cent gain for the S&P 500. If that trend…

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The Great White Long – Are Canadian stocks ready to bounce?

The Great White Long - Are Canadian stocks ready to bounce?After one of the worst quarters for Canadian stocks since 2011, market watchers say it may be time to start buying Canada again. Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets, said the S&P/TSX composite index, excluding energy stocks, is now trading at a price-to-earnings ratio below its long-run average after its third-quarter decline put the index down nearly 10 per cent for the year. At the same time,…

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