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Patrick McKeough is one of Canada’s top safe-money advisors. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Hulbert Financial Digest have all recognized his ability to find stocks with hidden value. He is editor and publisher of The Successful Investor, Stock Pickers Digest, Wall Street Stock Forecaster and Canadian Wealth Advisor; inventor of the Quick Profit/Value System and the ValuVesting System™. A best-selling Canadian author, he wrote Riding the Bull, the book that predicted the 1990s stock-market boom.

Conservative Investing

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ENCANA CORP. $18 (Toronto symbol ECA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 740.1 million; Market cap: $13.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; Dividend yield: 1.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.encana.com) is cutting its reliance on natural gas, as rising shale gas production has cut prices from $11.50 U.S. per thousand cubic feet in 2008 to just $3.60 U.S. today. Encana now …read more »

Oil prices have soared from around $18 U.S. a barrel in 1993 to around $100 U.S. today. However, new drilling technologies have made it easier to extract oil from hard-to-reach deposits, such as oil sands and shale rock formations. Rising production from these sources could hurt oil prices in the same way the shale gas boom has depressed natural gas …read more »

TECK RESOURCES LTD. $27 (Toronto symbol TCK.B; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 576.3 million; Market cap: $15.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield: 3.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.teck.com) will contribute $2.9 billion to the Fort Hills oil sands project (see Suncor at left). Teck mainly produces coal, copper and zinc, so Fort Hills will help diversify its operations. …read more »

We continue to recommend that all investors aim to own two or more of Canada’s big five banks. In addition, conservative investors should diversify their Finance-sector holdings with Great-West and IGM. Investors who can accept more risk may also want to consider Home Capital (see box). GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $32 (Toronto symbol GWO; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding:read more »

TORONTO-DOMINION BANK $97 (Toronto symbol TD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 918.4 million; Market cap: $89.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.7; Dividend yield: 3.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.td.com) owns 42.24% of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq symbol AMTD), one of the largest online brokerage firms in the U.S. Ameritrade will contribute $77 million to TD’s earnings in its …read more »

THOMSON REUTERS CORP. $40 (Toronto symbol TRI; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 827.2 million; Market cap: $33.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.5; Dividend yield: 3.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.thomsonreuters.com) gets 55% of its revenue by selling news and information to professionals in the banking industry. The remaining 45% comes from providing specialized information products to clients in the …read more »

CP is now up almost 105% since we recommended it in March 2012. That was just after we made CP our “Stock of the Year” for 2012 in The Successful Investor, our conservative growth advisory. CP’s CEO, Hunter Harrison, is now cutting 25% of the company’s workforce as part of a major restructuring aimed at improving its efficiency and cuttingread more »

MANITOBA TELECOM SERVICES INC. $29.44 (Toronto symbol MBT; Shares outstanding: 67.8 million; Market cap: $2.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 5.8%; www.mts.ca) is down over 9% since the federal government’s October 8, 2013, decision to block the company’s recent deal to sell its Allstream subsidiary to an Egyptian billionaire. Allstream provides integrated telephone, Internet and other communication services to …read more »

SUN LIFE FINANCIAL $35.32 (Toronto symbol SLF; Shares outstanding: 606.0 million; Market cap: $21.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.1%; www.sunlife.ca) sells savings, retirement, pension and life insurance products to individuals and corporations. The company mainly operates in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., but it has expanded into Asia, China and India. Sun Life has $590 billion …read more »

TRANSCANADA CORP. $47.15 (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares outstanding: 707.0 million; Market cap: $33.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.9%; www.transcanada.com) has completed the purchase of two more Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar (Nasdaq symbol CSIQ) for $470 million. TransCanada now owns three of the nine solar farms it agreed to buy from Canadian Solar in December …read more »

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Conservative Investing

Conservative investing aims at capital gains with prudent risk. Conservative investors seek to preserve their investment portfolio’s value with lower-risk securities, and often blue chip or large cap equities. For individuals with limited resources, and those approaching retirement age who must be cautious with their nest eggs, Pat McKeough offers well reasoned advice on conservative investing.

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