Investment thoughts 101: Why snap judgments could ruin your portfolio

Investment thoughts 101: Why snap judgments could ruin your portfolio

Here are some investment thoughts on snap judgments, the investors who make them and how they can hurt your portfolio.

Snap judgments can be a great time-saver, but they’re a poor tool for investment decision-making. Investment thoughts involving snap judgments often produce extreme, random results—good or… Read More

Stock buybacks can be just as good for investors as dividends

Stock buybacks can be just as good for investors as dividends

Stock buybacks can offer investors a number of key advantages over dividends.

We’ve always placed a high value on a sustained record of dividends, mainly because it provides something of a pedigree for stocks we recommend. But stock buybacks are also a great opportunity for investors.

While… Read More

Q: Dear Patrick: I would be grateful for your opinion on Chicago Bridge & Iron. The company’s stock is way down but I have been told that it has a new and inexpensive revolutionary (and clean) method of producing energy from natural gas and is in the process of building power stations to use it. Many thanks for your advice, as usual. Joining the Successful Investor was the smartest move in the whole of my investing career.

A: Chicago Bridge & Iron N.V., $14.68, symbol CBI on New York (Shares outstanding: 101.2 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion, www.cbi.com), is a U.S.-based engineering, procurement and construction company. It specializes in projects for oil and gas firms.

The company recently plunged to an eight-year low… Read More

23 top tips for successfully investing in TSX growth stocks

23 top tips for successfully investing in TSX growth stocks

TSX growth stocks can be more volatile—but they can make excellent long-term investments.

By definition, TSX growth stocks are companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange that have above-average growth prospects. They are firms whose earnings growth has been—or is projected to be—above the market average, and… Read More