How To Invest

Pat McKeough has been making investing for beginners simple—and profitable—by helping investors make big gains for more than 25 years. His advice to beginning investors is the same as it is for all investors: buy high-quality, mostly dividend paying stocks (or ETFs that hold these stocks) and evenly spread your investments over the five main economic sectors (Resources, Manufacturing, Finance, Utilities and Consumer). Pat also believes investors should avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight and focus on those with hidden or little-noticed assets.

In addition, Pat thinks then beginner investors should cultivate two important qualities: a healthy sense of skepticism and patience.

Investors should approach all investments with a healthy sense of skepticism. This can help keep you out of fraudulent stocks that masquerade as high-quality stocks. It will also keep you out of legally operated, but poorly managed, companies that promise more than they can possibly deliver.

If you are a new investor, you should also realize that losing patience can cause you to sell your best choices right before a big rise. All too often, investors buy a promising stock just as it enters a period of price stagnation. Even the best-performing stocks run into these unpredictable phases from time to time. They move mainly sideways in a wide range for months or years before their next big rise begins. (Stock brokers often refer to these stocks as “dead money.”)

If you lack patience, you run a big risk of selling your best choices in the midst of one of these phases, prior to the next big move upward. If you lose patience and sell, you are particularly likely to do so in the low end of the trading range, when stock prices have weakened and confidence in the stock has waned.

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How to Buy International Stocks to enhance and diversify your portfolio

For Canadian investors wondering how to buy international stocks, ADRs and international ETFs may be a safer option than buying on foreign exchanges
We believe most investors could benefit from holding some foreign and international investments in their portfolios for added diversification. And growing markets like… Read More

What do playing the stock market and chess have in common?

What do playing the stock market and chess have in common?

Successfully playing the stock market — like chess—is never about going for broke.
Many investors like to use analogies from sports or the military to describe their investment approach, so they’ll often use the phrase playing the stock market. But if I had to compare our… Read More

Dream Global REIT attracts takeover deal for investors

Dream Global REIT attracts takeover deal for investors

Note: Dream Global REIT has now been taken over and delisted. The lucrative deal for investors highlights the REIT’s appeal.
From the TSI vault:

In 2018, we had a question from an Inner Circle member about a Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust that concentrated on properties outside… Read More

How to Profit From Dual-Class Shares of Canadian Stocks

How to Profit From Dual-Class Shares of Canadian Stocks

When it comes to dual-class shares, voting shares have certain advantages over non-voting shares
Aside from specific investments (such as U.S. and Canadian stocks, income trusts or exchange-traded funds), our Inner Circle members ask us a wide range of investment questions. For example, I’ve been asked… Read More

What are stock investment clubs?

What are stock investment clubs?

Stock investment clubs can help new investors find quality stocks and help them develop their own investing style. But watch out for the drawbacks
In 2020, learning about stocks is as easy as connecting to the Internet. But if you want to further your knowledge of… Read More

Penny Stock vs. Regular Stock: What’s the Difference?

Penny Stock vs. Regular Stock: What’s the Difference?

There are big differences in penny stock vs. regular stock investing—mostly centered around risk
In assessing the differences between a penny stock vs. regular stock, it’s important to define the two. Many of the best “regular stocks” are blue chip stocks. Blue chip companies can give investors an additional… Read More

Real-Return Bonds and How They Compare to Regular Bonds

Real-Return Bonds and How They Compare to Regular Bonds

Real-return bonds pay a return adjusted for inflation. But when you buy a real-return bond, you are only protecting yourself against unanticipated rises in inflation.
Real-return bonds pay you a rate of return that’s adjusted for inflation, but that’s not always as promising as it seems.

When… Read More

A second home in the U.S.—good investment idea or not

A second home in the U.S.—good investment idea or not

Despite market uncertainty in key U.S. markets, many of us are buying second homes with the belief that  further price increases are inevitable and will make those winter havens good investments.

A while back I was interviewed about this trend on CTV. Apparently I surprised everybody… Read More