Jim Bates

Jim Bates

Jim is an associate editor at TSI Network. He is the lead reporter and analyst for The Successful Investor and Wall Street Stock Forecaster and a member of the Investment Planning Committee. Jim has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1992. Jim worked at the Financial Post DataGroup from 1988 to 2000 before joining TSI Network. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University to Toronto.

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Blue Chip Stocks: CP efficiency program rolls on

Blue Chip Stocks: CP efficiency program rolls on

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), along with the possibility of new tariffs, could hurt cross-border traffic for Canada’s main railways. However, it seems Trump is mainly concerned about U.S. trade with Mexico rather than Canada.Meanwhile, CP… Read More

Blue Chip Stocks: McDonald’s slims down for growth

Blue Chip Stocks: McDonald’s slims down for growth

A simplified menu and the sale of restaurants in China should help the company trim $500 million annually from its expenses.
Would McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc—the subject of new biopic “The Founder”—approve?
MCDONALD’S CORP. (New York symbol MCD; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants,… Read More

Top telecom reaches for new market

Top telecom reaches for new market

The integration of AT&T’s latest acquisition hurt earnings in the latest quarter, although the deal is poised to add to revenue, profit and dividends in the long-term.
The U.S. is poised to loosen rules for telecommunication companies, which should create growth opportunities for AT&T.
More specifically, the… Read More

Mining Stocks: Gains ahead for Yamana Gold

Mining Stocks: Gains ahead for Yamana Gold

The gold producer saw its cash flow soar in the latest quarter on higher output at its mines but also rising prices for the precious metal.

YAMANA GOLD (Toronto symbol YRI; www.yamana.com) owns and operates six gold mines in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina… Read More

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

These ETFs, like mutual funds, track major stock market indexes, but their low management fees set them apart.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (New York symbol SPY; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index; they consist of 500… Read More