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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The real costs of using practice accounts to buy stocks online

The real costs of using practice accounts to buy stocks online

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced investor, these tips give you fundamentally sound advice on how to buy stocks online and show you how to put them to work in 2018–without any need for practice.
Today’s tip: “Practice accounts that let you buy stocks online without real money may seem to be… Read More

The hidden dangers of online trading

The hidden dangers of online trading

It doesn’t get as much play in the media as it did a decade ago, but even in the volatile market of 2018, online trading carries hidden dangers that aren’t always evident at first.
The main risk comes from the fact that it all may seem deceptively easy. The… Read More

Capital gains exemption and real estate investing

Capital gains exemption and real estate investing

Learn about capital gains exemption and REITs for real estate investing
Owning your house is a great tax shelter. That’s because gains on your principal residence involve a capital gains exemption. Note, though, that this benefit only applies to your principal residence. You must still pay… Read More

Tips for picking stocks from the TSX index

Tips for picking stocks from the TSX index

Financial, safety, and survival factors are important to consider while looking for stocks on the TSX index
The TSX is the abbreviated name for the Toronto Stock Exchange. You will often see our stock recommendations on TSI Network accompanied by a TSX symbol. When we’re looking… Read More

Q: Hello. Thanks for all the great advice over these many years. I am interested in packaging company WestRock. What are your thoughts? Thanks again.

A: WestRock, $65.45, symbol WRK on New York (Shares outstanding: 254.8 million; Market cap: $16.6 billion; www.westrock.com), is a leading provider of packaging materials and systems. It operates through about 302 locations across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

WestRock was formed by the July… Read More

Pendulum theory: An imperfect way of understanding the stock market

Pendulum theory: An imperfect way of understanding the stock market

The “pendulum theory” grew out of Sir Isaac Newton’s 17th-century studies of gravity and physics, particularly his second law of motion. Yet the theory turns up in discussions of all sorts of non-mechanical topics. This includes investors’ efforts at understanding the stock market.

You could sum… Read More

How to calculate your capital gains tax

How to calculate your capital gains tax

Do you have to pay capital gains tax for the 2017 tax year? Here’s the general path to figuring that out
When you sell any stock outside of an RRSP or RRIF, you must pay capital gains tax if you’ve made a profit on the sale. Determining your capital gains… Read More

Savvy Stock Pickers Like Investing In Spinoffs

Savvy Stock Pickers Like Investing In Spinoffs

Investing in spinoffs can boost your long-term portfolio returns
When a spinoff begins trading, it stands to reason that investors might well put a low price on it. After all, the spinoff hits the market with a large number of neutral, if not reluctant, stockholders who… Read More

How to Start Investing in Stocks: 7 Key Tips For Beginning Investors

How to Start Investing in Stocks: 7 Key Tips For Beginning Investors

Diversification, investment quality, and a focus on dividends are key when you’re learning how to start investing in stocks
We continue to think investors will profit most—and with the least risk—by buying shares of well-established companies with strong business prospects and strong positions in healthy industries.

Investors… Read More