What2InvestInNow: Investing in the Stock Market made SIMPLER!

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Investing in the Stock Market made SIMPLER! Financial experts such as Robert Kyosaki suggest the average person needs about $2 million dollars to retire comfortably, which is why all of us are investing in stock markets and mutual funds. But how many times: Have you tried to invest in the stock market and ended up [...]

Picking a Portfolio

When it comes to choosing a portfolio, there are a lot of options out there, appropriate to different levels of investor risk tolerance and therefore ranging from conservative to more aggressive. It can be confusing to tell which is the right one for you. To help you out, we have outlined some of the more [...]

Covered Call Investing

Why do a covered call? Covered calls are a great way to enhance returns from a stock portfolio. This strategy is particularly attractive in flat or slow moving markets, but can also be used on some stocks in upward trending markets as well. This strategy is considered neutral to slightly biased to the upside. So, [...]

Retirement Planning in Canada

 When was the last time you sat down, crunched some numbers, and did some planning for your retirement in Canada (or wherever you want to live out your golden days)? Do you know what’s holding you back from having enough money every month to save for your retirement? One of the reasons you may be [...]

Stock Trading in Canada

If you’ve never bought stocks before, you’ve probably got lots of questions about stock trading in Canada, but just don’t know who to ask. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about stock trading;  if your question isn’t answered here, feel free to get in touch with us. 1. How [...]

Stock Trading in Canada – Timing the Market

Market timing is always a tricky issue. Most people on Bay Street will tell you that timing the market is a fool’s errand. To a large extent they are correct. Markets – especially those turbulent ones such as we experienced in 2009 – are very difficult to time. Stock values change based on the economy, [...]

How to Define Blue-Chip Stocks

When we look at blue-chip stocks, we look for large cap S&P 500 stocks that pay a dividend. Here we are looking for stocks that fit the basic criteria and that we rate as buy now. We don’t pick the stock first and then try to provide evidence that our choice is correct. Here’s a [...]

The Two Best Ways to Pick High Growth Stock

Picking High Growth Stocks Using a Value Ratio If you’re like most value investors, you spend a lot of time looking for stocks that have low price-to-book value ratios (P/B). This lets you compare the market value of a specific company against how much money could be raised by selling off all the assets of [...]

The Best Investments for a Self Directed RRSP

There are many different types of investments you can have in your self-directed RRSP – here is a list of the most common: Mutual funds Common and preferred shares of Canadian corporations listed on any Canadian and many foreign stock exchanges Fixed income securities including bonds, debentures, strip bonds and notes that are: issued by [...]

What You Need to Know about Canadian RRSPs – and How to Lower Your Taxes

Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) are investment accounts designed to help you save for your retirement. As a Canadian government-regulated retirement savings vehicle, RRSP’s have special tax benefits, such as reducing the amount of income tax you pay each year.  In addition, the money you save has the potential for years of tax-deferred growth, because [...]