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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Learn about Bitcoin investment risk—and its false narrative—to protect yourself and your portfolio

Learn about Bitcoin investment risk—and its false narrative—to protect yourself and your portfolio

Avoid bitcoin investment risk and the false narratives that surrounds it. This is important to know to keep your overall investment portfolio on the right path
Bitcoin investment risk is real and we think it needs to be well understood by all investors.

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QUIZ: Learning about stocks for fun—and profit

QUIZ: Learning about stocks for fun—and profit

Successfully learning about stocks means discovering how to do insightful research—but above all, investigating widely, rather than focusing on a narrow range of information
When they’re just starting out, investors learning about stocks need to look at a wide range of information before deciding whether to… Read More

QUIZ: Do you know the RRIF rules that lead to greater profit?

QUIZ: Do you know the RRIF rules that lead to greater profit?

Discover how much you already know (or don’t know!) about RRIF rules and how this great tax-deferral opportunity can help you plan for your retirement
Like a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) can hold a range of investments. You don’t… Read More

7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

Canadian stock options can generate a lot of money for your broker, but here’s seven ways they can cost you even more
Trading Canadian stock options can generate a lot of brokerage commissions, which is why some young, aggressive brokers recommend them for their clients. That’s despite… Read More

Tips for new investors to boost their portfolio returns

Tips for new investors to boost their portfolio returns

Following these tips for new investors will help keep you away from impulsive selling, poor advisors, Pendulum Theory and more—and you’ll show better investing results
Investing success comes from making more right decisions than wrong ones over a long period of time.

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The top tech stocks will have this hidden asset

The top tech stocks will have this hidden asset

Look for hidden assets and a strong base of operations to gain the most from your investments in the top tech stocks
It’s natural to think you profit best from technology by investing in shares of top tech favourites. But this can lead to disappointment. Tech… Read More

Use a Technical Analysis Education to help you Make Better Stock Picks

Use a Technical Analysis Education to help you Make Better Stock Picks

Support your investment decisions with a technical analysis education to make more profitable stock selections—but remember, it’s just one of many tools
Technical analysis is the process of analyzing a stock’s past and historical price movements to attempt to determine future prices.

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Follow these Investment Rules For More Profitable Investing

Follow these Investment Rules For More Profitable Investing

Follow these Successful investment rules to help you find winners like spinoffs—and avoid potential losers like new issues.
You might say there are two kinds of investment rules that can help you with investing decisions—soft and hard. Soft rules apply to things that can change such… Read More

Calculate Earnings Per Share for Stronger Market Understanding

Calculate Earnings Per Share for Stronger Market Understanding

Calculate earnings per share in conjunction with other financial ratios, like price-sales, and you’ll add to the depth of your stock researching capabilities
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