Top ETFs for precious metal exposure

Top ETFs for precious metal exposure

For investors who want exposure to gold and silver, these two funds provide access to leading miners without the downside of directly holding the precious metals.

In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S. an ounce, and silver… Read More

Acquisition lifts cash flow for income trust

Acquisition lifts cash flow for income trust

A key purchase for this 104-year-old packaging giant helped lift sales and cash flow in the latest quarter.

RICHARDS PACKAGING INCOME FUND (symbol RPI.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 10.9 million; Market cap: $269.8 million; www.richardspackaging.com) is a full-service packaging distributor to small-… Read More

How borrowing to invest can be a good strategy

How borrowing to invest can be a good strategy

There are reasons for and against borrowing to invest, but the primary benefit is that it’s a perfectly legal tax shelter.

Borrowing to invest can be a highly effective tax shelter. You deduct your interest expense against your current income. And at the same time,… Read More

Pat: I would like your opinion on Richards Packaging, please. I am a long-term conservative investor, looking for safe stocks, some growth and good dividends. Thank you.

A: Richards Packaging Income Fund, $24.57, symbol RPI.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 10.9 million; Market cap: $269.8 million; www.richardspackaging.com), is a full-service packaging distributor to small- and medium-sized North American businesses. The fund first sold shares to the public at $10 a unit, and began… Read More

Two bond ETFs for stable income

Two bond ETFs for stable income

For investors who need stable income and want to hold bonds, these two bond funds offer relatively low fees and high-quality holdings.

The Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates any time soon. That’s because low prices for oil and… Read More