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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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The results are in and they couldn’t be clearer: The Successful Investor is Canada’s top investment advisory.

That’s according to a recent analysis by the U.S.-based Hulbert Financial Digest, which is generally thought of as the bible of investment newsletter performance measurement.

According to Hulbert, The Successful Investor outperformed all other Canadian newsletters over the past 5 years — and ranked …read more »

In December, Nissan Motor Co. (symbol NSANY on Nasdaq) will ship the Nissan LEAF to selected U.S. dealers. The company aims to begin selling the car nationwide in 2011.

The Nissan LEAF is the first electric car to be widely sold in the U.S. So far, 115,000 customers have paid a $99 reservation fee for the new car. The company …read more »

COMPUTER MODELLING GROUP $18.77 (Toronto symbol CMG; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-531-1300; www.cmgroup.com; Shares outstanding: 17.7 million; Market cap: $332.2 million; Dividend yield: 3.8%) sells software to clients in the oil and gas industry. It also provides consulting services. Computer Modelling’s software helps companies use advanced oil-and-gas recovery techniques to raise output from their existing wells. It has over 360 customers …read more »

Many investors buy units of asset allocation mutual funds because they think these funds provide an easy and profitable way to diversify between stocks, bonds and cash equivalents.

How asset allocation funds work

Asset allocation funds are mutual funds that can shift their portfolio allocations between stocks, bonds and cash in order to capitalize on perceived investment opportunities in any one …read more »

Many investors buy bonds to make their portfolios less volatile. But high-quality utility stocks, like the five we analyze in this issue, have several advantages over bonds.

One advantage of utility stocks is that there is no set limit to the returns they provide. That can help protect you from inflation. Bonds can’t provide this protection, because they’re fixed-return investments.

Utility stocks …read more »

We’ve long recommended these 4 safe investing strategies in our newsletters and investment services. They can help you cut risk — and increase profits — in your stock portfolio.

(Our special report, “Canadian Stock Market Basics: How to Trade Stocks and Make Good Investments in Canada,” is full of safe investing strategies that you can easily put into practice right away. …read more »

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have gained popularity in recent years, mainly because many ETFs offer very low management fees. In addition to low fees, the best ETFs offer well-diversified, highly tax-efficient portfolios.

However, quality varies. The investment industry has created all sorts of ETFs. All too many exist to tap into popular, but risky, themes and fads, so you need to be …read more »

Here are four common mistakes investors make when buying (or selling) stocks. By avoiding them, you stand a better chance of improving your returns — and cutting risk — in your stock portfolio:

1. Failing to take a broad view: When making investment decisions, it pays to take a wide range of relevant facts — positive and negative — into …read more »

H&R BLOCK INC. $17 (New York symbol HRB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 329.2 million; Market cap: $5.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 3.5%; WSSF Rating: Above Average) is the world’s largest provider of income-tax-preparation services. It also provides accounting services to businesses, as well as banking services to consumers.

The slow economy and high unemployment are …read more »

Non-bank financial companies, such as mutual-fund and insurance firms, are good ways to diversify your Finance-sector holdings. The six we analyze below are leaders in their niche markets. That cuts their risk. As well, their well-known brands will help them grow as the global economy continues to recover. We have a high opinion of all six companies, but only two …read more »

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