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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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RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $26.69 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Units outstanding: 296.3 million; Market cap: $7.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 5.2%; www.riocan.com) recently formed a 50/50 joint venture with ALLIED PROPERTIES REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $30.71 (Toronto symbol AP.UN; Units outstanding: 60.0 million; Market cap: $1.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 4.3%; www.alliedpropertiesreit.com).

RioCan, Allied and …read more »

Emerging markets continue to have sound longterm outlooks. A good way to profit from their growth with less risk is through low-fee exchange traded funds (ETFs). Here are two we see as buys.

ISHARES S&P INDIA NIFTY 50 INDEX FUND $23.67 (Nasdaq symbol INDY; buy or sell through brokers; us.ishares.com) is an ETF that aims to track the S&P CNX …read more »

NEWMONT MINING $47.31 (New York symbol NEM; Shares outstanding: 491.2 million; Market cap: $23.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 3.0%; www.newmont.com) operates gold mines in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana.

The company’s worldwide diversification, plus its strong cash flow and balance sheet, make it our favourite gold stock for safety-conscious investors.

In the three months …read more »

Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions about specific stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions. While we reserveread more »

BCE INC. $41.99 (Toronto symbol BCE; Shares outstanding: 774.6 million; Market cap: $32.5 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.4%; www.bce.ca) recently failed to win regulatory approval for its $3.4- billion deal to buy Astral Media (Toronto symbols ACM.A and ACM.B).

Montreal-based Astral owns 22 TV stations, 84 radio stations and several pay TV and specialty channels, such as the …read more »

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. (New York symbol BAX; www.baxter.com) makes medical products, such as intravenous pumps and kidney dialysis equipment. It also makes vaccines and drugs. Half of its sales come from single-use products that need to be continually reordered.

Demand for the company’s products continues to improve, particularly as an aging population needs more medical devices and drugs. Baxter’s sales rose …read more »

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines jargon as the “technical terminology” of a special activity or group. But it also defines it as “confused unintelligible language.”

Every industry and group has its own special jargon. This specialized language always has the same purpose. It simplifies communications within the industry, and helps make insiders feel they are part of a tightly knit community. It …read more »

On October 1, 2012, the old Kraft Foods Inc. (old Nasdaq symbol KFT) broke itself into two publicly traded companies: Mondelez International and Kraft Foods Group.

Kraft shareholders received one share of the new Kraft Foods Group for every three shares they held. This was a tax-free transaction: shareholders will not have to pay capital gains taxes until they sell …read more »

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NVIDIA CORP. $12 (Nasdaq symbol NVDA; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 624.9 million; Market cap: $7.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.nvidia .com) is down 20% in the past year. That’s mainly because slowing sales of traditional computers are hurting demand for its graphic chips, which make computer video run more …read more »

Like Kraft (see page 111), Sara Lee Corp. recently split into two separate companies: U.S.-based Hillshire Brands and Holland-based D.E. Master Blenders.

Both stocks have stayed in a narrow range sincethe split in June 2012. That’s partly because investors often dump new shares they didn’t want. As well, few brokers cover these new companies.

However, spinoffs tend to pay off for …read more »

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