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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3 Stocks That Can Add Value to Your Portfolio

3 Stocks That Can Add Value to Your PortfolioAs many investors have learned the hard way, it can be very difficult to find the right stock at the right price when you are ready to make a purchase. Lucky for you, I have done the hard part and found three stocks that are trading at inexpensive valuations, so let’s take a closer look to determine which would fit best in your portfolio. 1. Stantec Inc. Stantec Inc. (TSX:STN)(NYSE:STN)…

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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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3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear Market

3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear MarketThe financial media as of late—in both Canada and the U.S.—has been overrun with headlines talking about the potential for another bear market. It’s clear why. A 10% correction in the TSX in August followed by news that we are in a recession has put investors on edge. Is there any accuracy to claims that a new bear market is upon us? It is impossible to know for sure, but…

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Why More Market Mayhem May Be Awaiting Rattled Investors

Why More Market Mayhem May Be Awaiting Rattled InvestorsViolent market swings sent the S&P 500 into correction territory over a four-day period that began last Friday, while other markets around the world fared just as badly. But by the end of the week, investors who stayed put Monday were in the black. The panic selling that began last week turned into a mid-week rally, and markets either continued to either gain or at least stabilize through Friday. Perhaps,…

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Dont Panic – Market Corrections Are an Opportunity in Disguise

Dont Panic - Market Corrections Are an Opportunity in DisguiseIt’s official. We are in correction territory. Chinese shares have erased all of the year’s gains. Dow futures dropped more than 600 points last week. And today, it dropped 1,000 points when the market opened. The natural, human response is to panic because your stock is losing value. But I would implore you, as a smart investor, not to panic. What separates the smart investor from the average investor is…

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Why Real Estate Investors Should Look Around the World

Why Real Estate Investors Should Look Around the WorldThe U.S. has offered the best growth for global real estate investors in recent years, because extremely accommodative monetary policy has made financing extremely cheap. The sector has also attracted a lot of capital flows as people started to put the money they kept in cash during the financial crisis to work. But many didn’t necessarily want to buy regular stocks, due to the uncertainties about when earnings and economic…

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Wall Street Spikes, TSX Climbs After Upbeat U.S. Jobs Data

Wall Street Spikes, TSX Climbs After Upbeat U.S. Jobs DataCanadian stocks rose a second day, paring a weekly loss, after jobs data from Canada and the U.S. spurred speculation central banks won’t raise interest rates soon. Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank increased at least 0.5 per cent to pace gains among the nation’s largest lenders. Gran Tierra Energy Inc. added 1.4 per cent after agreeing to demands from investor West Face Capital Inc. to expand the company…

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Why Investors Should Look Outside of U.S. Markets

Why Investors Should Look Outside of U.S. MarketsValue investors are finding it difficult to pick stocks in the U.S. as low interest rates around the world continue to fuel equity markets, especially since U.S. multinationals are getting hit quite hard by their foreign currency exposure due to the greenback’s strength. Nevertheless, strategists are almost universally positive on the outlook for U.S. markets this year. But Norman Levine and Darren Sissons of Toronto-based Portfolio Management Corp., are taking…

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Why Investors Want Cash Now Instead of Future Gains

Why Investors Want Cash Now Instead of Future GainsBarry Schwartz believes a company that is increasing its dividend or buying back shares is a far better investment than one more committed to raising capital expenditures. The chief investment officer at Baskin Financial Services Inc., a wealth management firm in Toronto, thinks it’s a no-brainer. “Have there ever been any studies showing that companies that increase capex over time outperform, because I haven’t seen one,” he said. “But I’ve…

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