How to Avoid the Next Dividend Disaster

How to Avoid the Next Dividend DisasterThe protracted slump in crude and the ongoing weakness of commodities over the last two years triggered a dividend crisis for Canadian investors. A raft of dividend darlings in the energy patch slashed or even terminated their dividends as they battled to shore up over-levered balance sheets and protect diminishing cash flows. This wasn’t only restricted to energy stocks. Dividend cuts occurred across the TSX as companies sought to rein…

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5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your Portfolio

5 Lessons that will Help Protect Your PortfolioOne of the fascinating things about the market is that, no matter how long you invest, or how much you think you know, there can always be new lessons learned. For a lot of investors, losing money — unfortunately — is often the cost of tuition for these market lessons. But, no investor is going to bat 1.000, and if you can at least learn from your mistakes then your…

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The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest In

The 5 Hot Sectors To Invest InInvestors, it seems, are always looking for the “next great thing.” Since individual stocks are so hard to pick, though, some investors look for investment “themes” instead. They figure if they can latch onto an emerging or hot trend, then it matters less what stock they actually buy within that trend — since they all might do well. This can, in our view, be a dangerous exercise. Usually “hot” themes…

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The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to Traverse

The ETF Landscape in Canada Is Getting a Lot Harder to TraverseExchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Canada recently broke through the $100 billion mark in assets under management. And with more than 400 ETFs trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, it’s getting a lot harder for self-directed investors to build consistent, easy-to-maintain portfolios without a bit of outside help. In the early days, it was simple enough: the classic “Couch Potato” ETF portfolio would have consisted of about four broad-based, low-cost ETFs….

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Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?

Do You Want High Tax-Free Income?If you want more income, one of the first places you can explore is real estate investment trusts (REITs). They own portfolios of properties that are diversified geographically and across many tenants. Some are diversified across asset types as well. Most importantly, many REITs pay juicy distributions that can help you pay your bills. Here are a couple of ideas. NorthWest Health Prop Real Est Inv Trust (TSX:NWH.UN) owns 120…

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World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to Come

World Will Feel Aftershocks of Brexit for Years to ComeBritain’s exit from the European Union is expected trigger increased volatility in global markets for months and years to come. Fears of the fallout were immediately manifested in global financial markets Friday, which lost about US$2 trillion in value, while the British pound suffered a record drop to a 31-year low. U.S. stocks witnessed their worst performance in 10 months. Here at home, the S&P/TSX Composite Index closed down 239 points….

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3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSP

3 Bargain Dividend Stocks for Your RRSPU.S. dividends received in non-registered or tax-free savings accounts will experience a 15% withholding tax. So, the registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is the best account to buy and hold discounted dividend stocks such as Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP (TSX:HOT.UN). Why is Wells Fargo a bargain today? Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the U.S. The…

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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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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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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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