Jim Bates

Jim is an associate editor at TSI Network. He is the lead reporter and analyst for The Successful Investor and Wall Street Stock Forecaster and a member of the Investment Planning Committee. Jim has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1992. Jim worked at the Financial Post DataGroup from 1988 to 2000 before joining TSI Network. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

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Get a 4.0% yield from Royal Bank of Canada

Get a 4.0% yield from Royal Bank of Canada

Canada’s Big Five banks continue to set aside large amounts for loan losses because of COVID-19’s economic impact. 

However, most borrowers continue to pay their loans on time and this bank’s customers should prove to be no exception. A switch to online banking services should also… Read More

Get a 4.7% yield from Transcontinental Inc.

Get a 4.7% yield from Transcontinental Inc.

Asset sales and reduced demand because of COVID-19 led to a 19.4% revenue drop for this company during the most-recent quarter. 

However, its ongoing shift to packaging should cut long-term risk and help support the dividend. 

TRANSCONTINENTAL INC. (Toronto symbol TCL.A; www.tctranscontinental.com) is Canada’s leading commercial printer… Read More

Chevron Corp. yields 5.5%

Chevron Corp. yields 5.5%

Despite COVID-19 and the global economic slowdown, investors should keep some exposure to the oil industry, especially integrated firms like this one. 

This oil producer now plans to diversify its operations and cut its costs with an acquisition worth $5.5 billion. If approved, that deal should… Read More

Get a 6.6% yield from IGM Financial Inc.

Get a 6.6% yield from IGM Financial Inc.

Improving stock markets helped this mutual fund provider boost its assets under management by 7.1% in the most recent quarter.  

The company’s investors are also seeing its 36% stake in a fintech company grow in value. 

IGM FINANCIAL INC. (Toronto symbol IGM; www.igmfinancial.com) lets you tap Canada’s… Read More

Get a 4.9% yield from Dream Office REIT

Get a 4.9% yield from Dream Office REIT

Despite COVID-19’s impact on the economy, this REIT’s Toronto properties should continue to attract tenants without the need for deep rent discounts.

The REIT’s recently completed restructuring plan has shifted its focus to more-promising properties in higher value areas. That will also help it maintain its… Read More

Loblaw stock yields 1.9% as it expands services for future growth

Loblaw stock yields 1.9% as it expands services for future growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted this supermarket operator’s fortunes as consumers stock up on basic foods and other essential products.

New investments in technology position the firm for long-term growth and higher dividends.


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LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. (Toronto symbol L; www.loblaw.ca) is Canada’s largest grocery store chain… Read More

A $575 million backlog gives ShawCor a solid future

A $575 million backlog gives ShawCor a solid future

COVID-19 and low oil prices led to a 35.4% drop in revenue for this company during the most-recent quarter.

However, oil prices are rebounding and the company is diversifying into a new business area.


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SHAWCOR LTD. (Toronto symbol SCL; www.shawcor.com) makes sealants and coatings that keep oil… Read More

Acquisition paying off for FirstService

Acquisition paying off for FirstService

Acquisition of a disaster restoration firm helped lift this property management company’s revenues 8.3% during the most-recent quarter.

Those quarterly results were stronger than expected and helped the firm beat consensus estimates.


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FIRSTSERVICE CORP. (Toronto symbol FSV; www.firstservice.com) has two main businesses: FirstService Residential (59% of… Read More