6 Top Reasons to Buy Dividend Stocks

6 Top Reasons to Buy Dividend StocksDividend investing is popular for many reasons. Here are six. Outperformance Studies have shown that dividend stocks have tended to outperform non-dividend payers. Dividend stocks that grow their dividends have performed even better. One reason may be that dividend companies have less capital to work with after paying out some of their earnings as dividends. So, these companies have been more careful with where they invest their remaining capital.  Read…

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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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3 Smart Ways to Use Your Holiday Bonus

3 Smart Ways to Use Your Holiday BonusMore than half of employers (54%) said they planned to give holiday bonuses in 2015, up from 47% in 2014, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. (Sadly, only 14% plan to give more than last year.) If you happen to be one of their lucky employees, perhaps you’re wondering how to put that cash to use. Fortunately, we have some ideas. 1. Sock It Away Study after study highlights…

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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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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 Investors have to Adopt New Tactics From Time to Time

Why Investors have to Adopt New Tactics From Time to TimeAccording to investing pioneer Sir John Templeton, “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’” His admonishment, often quoted and treated as divinely inspired, refers to investors’ belief that the measurement of value changes in a fundamental way over time. Although Templeton’s essential point to invest in value rather than respond to trends or innuendo is sound, I much prefer the advice from another legendary investor,…

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What Kind of Stocks Should You Hold in a TFSA?

What Kind of Stocks Should You Hold in a TFSA?It seems the conversation of investing in a tax-free savings account (TFSA) becomes quieter and quieter as the months go by in a year, and the conversation is most vibrant at the start of the year. Saving and investing should be a consistent act, so I’m bringing it up again. By investing instead of just saving, you’re looking for higher returns that come with higher risk. Before thinking about what…

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2 Things Investors Don’t Want in a Dividend Stock

2 Things Investors Don’t Want in a Dividend StockThere is a lot of information on the web that covers how to select stocks, even dividend stocks. In this post I am going to take the negative angle and present what I feel to be three things that I, as a dividend investor, do not want to see in a dividend stock. In my view, if any of my own dividend stocks exhibit any of these traits then that…

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