• As a conservative investor I have used TD, Royal and BNS for income, growth and stability in part of my overall portfolio. My only disappointment is the level of dividends from TD. Financials are roughly 18% of the portfolio. Maybe I should look to the US for additional investments (Bac, JP, or Wells ), but dividends are much lower.

  • I manage a number of portfolios and I have included all of the Canadian big five. If you started 10 or 15 years ago and held only the Canadian big Five Banks your gains would have been great. I tried to include an American Bank in my RRSP about 10 years ago. It cost me about $7000.00 for 100 shares today they are 10 shares and worth about $700.00 (Citigroup)

  • Excellent recap on the retirn history of bank stocks by Pat… I’ve had 4 bank stocks in my portfolio for 15 to 20 years. They’ve been among my best performers, with sizeable capital gains and ever increasing dividends. My best one is BNS. My cost 20 years ago is $16,00. It now trades at over $70. Now, add the dividend of 4% (on $70.00!) and you’ve got a true winner!

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