Markets, Dollar, Rally on EU Crisis Plan

Markets, Dollar, Rally on EU Crisis PlanStocks, the Canadian dollar and commodities all soared Friday in the wake of an agreement among European leaders to a set of prescriptions for their debt crisis. But analysts questioned how long the rally would hold. In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 171.86 points, or 1.5 per cent, at 11,596.56. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 277.83 points, or 2.20 per cent, at 12,880.09. The…

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Eggs, Baskets, and Diversification

Eggs, Baskets, and DiversificationIt’s almost Easter and many of us have thoughts of eggs and baskets running through our heads. Everyone’s looking forward to enjoying a little chocolate and some quality time with family and friends. In terms of finance, however, we often speak of eggs and baskets in the context of diversification. Diversification means spreading your investments among asset classes that are less correlated with one another. You can put some of…

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Markets Finish Higher

Markets Finish HigherThe Toronto Stock Exchange finished Friday with a 50-point gain, leaving it up about 290 points on the week. In the U.S., however, markets surged, pushing the gain for the Dow Jones to about 425 points on the week, the S&P 500 to 45 points and the NASDAQ to 63 points. The S&P gain left that index ahead on the year since Dec. 23, 2010. The Dow was already ahead,…

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Stocks Expected to Fall as Economy Expectations Plunge

Stocks Expected to Fall as Economy Expectations PlungeThe resource-heavy Toronto stock market could be headed for another week of losses as commodity prices adjust to much lower expectations for economic growth. And while economic data this week is expected to show that the Canadian economy continued to grow in early summer, investors aren’t expected to find encouragement in the numbers as the economic outlook likely worsened in August. “Buckle up” for a rough ride, advised John Stephenson,…

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Index Investing Becoming a Victim of Its Own Success

Index Investing Becoming a Victim of Its Own SuccessToo much of a good thing can end up being bad. That includes using a benchmark index as the basis for an investing apparently. In the July 2010 paper (download here from SSRN; acknowledgement to Stingy Investor where I found the link) On the Economic Costs of Index-Linked Investing, NYU prof and NBER research associate Jeffrey Wurgler reviews some research results that are disquieting for investors who follow a passive…

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TSX drops on global growth concerns

TSX drops on global growth concernsToronto’s main stock index dropped on Monday to its lowest in nearly five months as energy, materials and financial issues receded on concerns about global economic growth. The broad-based decline came on thin trading on a day when U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday. Among the biggest decliners, Suncor Energy lost 0.9 percent to C$30.84, Royal Bank of Canada fell 0.9 percent to C$50.45 and Teck Resources…

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Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend Stocks

Low Cost Ways To Buy Dividend StocksI recently did a review of ShareOwner discount brokerage, which promotes regular dividend stock purchases.  One thing that came out of that review, is that regardless of how cheap the trading costs are – regular purchases of stocks are quite expensive. In this post, I’m going to discuss some strategies to buy dividend stocks (or any other kind of stocks) in the cheapest manner possible at discount brokerages. Some low…

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Three Unique Problems I and Other Dividend Investors Face

Three Unique Problems I and Other Dividend Investors FaceDividend investors are a unique and frankly, quite a passionate bunch! Those of us who have research the topic extensively and believe strongly in it’s benefits understand the impacts it can have on our own portfolios over the long-term. As such, I continue to invest in dividend stocks. However, this has created some unique problems not all investors face when building a portfolio based on a strong and balanced asset…

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ADRs as a Dividend Investment

ADRs as a Dividend InvestmentFor those of you unfamiliar with the term ADRs, it stands for American depositary receipt. An ADR is a stock that trades in the United States but represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation. ADRs are bought and sold on American markets just like regular stocks, and are issued in the U.S. by a bank or brokerage company. For dividend investors looking for diversification, ADRs can offer…

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Stock Selection For The Individual Investor

Stock Selection For The Individual InvestorThe latest stock market turmoil, in the fourth quarter of 2008 when stocks declined significantly, has left retail investors with a larger challenge than ever before. Many feel let down by their advisors, mutual funds, and the financial industry structure that is supposed to help them. Is it possible for an individual managing his or her own money to make their own stock selection decisions, when they likely don’t have…

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