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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.

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Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific investment tips and stock market advice. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investment advice, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.

Today’s tip: “Converting …read more »

Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific investment tips and stock market advice. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investment advice, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.

Today’s tip: “RRSP …read more »

These two former income trusts recently converted to corporations in response to Ottawa’s tax on income-trust distributions. That means they must now pay corporate taxes. Even so, their high payouts (which are now dividends) seem secure.

PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP. $12 (Toronto symbol PGF; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 326.0 million; Market cap: $3.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: …read more »

ISHARES DEX UNIVERSE BOND INDEX FUND $29.48 (CWA Rating: Income) (Toronto symbol XBB; buy or sell through a broker) mirrors the performance of the DEX Universe Bond Index.

This index consists of a wide range of investment-grade Canadian government and corporate bonds with terms to maturity of more than one year. The 406 bonds in the portfolio have an average term …read more »

VERESEN INC. $12.83 (Toronto symbol VSN; Shares outstanding: 145.6 million; Market cap: $1.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 7.8%) is the new name of Fort Chicago Energy Partners L.P. after it converted to a corporation on January 1, 2011.

Veresen owns and operates energy pipelines and processing plants across North America. One of its major holdings is a 50% …read more »

J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO. $45 (New York symbol JPM; Income Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 3.9 billion; Market cap: $175.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; Dividend yield: 0.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.jpmorganchase.com) earned $15.8 billion in 2010. That’s up 79.7% from $8.8 billion in 2009. Earnings per share rose 75.3%, to $3.98 from $2.27, on more shares outstanding. That’s …read more »

Ameren and Alliant are Midwestern utilities with long histories of steady dividend payments. We like both, but we prefer Alliant for new buying. That’s because it gets just 5% of its revenue from its unregulated businesses, compared to 25% for Ameren. This makes Alliant less vulnerable to unpredictable weather and volatile fuel prices.

AMEREN CORP. $29 (New York symbol AEE; Income …read more »

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP. $9.33 (New York symbol FTR; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 993.9 million; Market cap: $9.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.5; Dividend yield: 8.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.frontier.com) sells traditional telephone and high-speed Internet services to 5.6 million customers in 27 states.

In July 2010, Frontier acquired Verizon’s traditional phone operations in 14 states in an all-stock deal. As …read more »

NEXTERA ENERGY INC. $51 (New York symbol NEE; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 418.4 million; Market cap: $21.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 3.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.nexteraenergy.com) is paying First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq symbol FSLR) an undisclosed sum for four solar-power projects in Ontario. These projects should begin producing electricity in the first quarter of 2011.

Solar and …read more »

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ZARGON ENERGY TRUST $19.63 (Toronto symbol ZAR.UN; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-264-9992; www.zargon.ca; Units outstanding: 23.7 million; Market cap: $465.2 million; Dividend yield: 11.0%) has bought privately held Oakmont Energy for about $9.45 million. The purchase price consists of 336,000 Zargon units, plus Zargon will assume about $3.45 million of net debt (including adjustments and transaction costs).

Oakmont produces about 280 barrels …read more »

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