Investors sometimes ask us how to select the best investments for young children. If children are under the age of 18, they cannot yet invest as adults. However, there are a couple of savings and investment options available.
The first option is for you (or the child) to open a bank account in the child’s name. Interest paid on small balances …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.
Investment tip: “Stock …read more »
Canadian index funds are among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades. These are specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a market index, such as the S&P/TSX 60.
Index funds do show better long-run performance than more than half of actively managed mutual funds with long-term track records. That’s partly because index-fund …read more »
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may have a place in your portfolio. That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of them. Instead, they give you a low-cost, flexible, convenient alternative to mutual funds.
ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like …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 advice for investing in the stock market. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investing strategy, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.
Today’s tip: “Why …read more »
Fast-food companies like McDonald’s, Yum Brands and Tim Hortons (this issue) face rising labour and food costs. However, their well-known brands make it easier for them to pass along higher costs to their customers, and keep raising their dividends. International expansion further enhances their prospects.
MCDONALD’S CORP. $78 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.0 billion; …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 »
Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a new or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you a specific advice on successful investing, including tips on portfolio management. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental tip and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.
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Here are three common mistakes most investors make when investing in stocks. By avoiding them, you can increase your portfolio’s long-term returns, and significantly cut your risk.
- Owning too many stocks. When you’re first starting out, you should aim to invest in a minimum of four or five stocks — one from each of most, if not all, of the five
BCE INC. $34 (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 758.8 million; Market cap: $25.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 5.4%; SI Rating: Above Average) is buying the 85% of CTVglobemedia that it does not already own. This private company owns the 27-station CTV Television Network. CTVglobemedia also owns 30 speciality channels, 34 radio stations and …read more »