Q: Pat, I am thinking of employing the “RRSP meltdown strategy.” In my case, though, I’m thinking of using your newsletters to choose the stocks I purchase with borrowed funds (rather than losing fees to a broker/advisor). What are your thoughts regarding this approach to an RPSP meltdown?

A: There are times when you may want to withdraw money from an RRSP. This has spawned one strategy, the RRSP meltdown, that can bring you more risk than reward.

Here’s how the RRSP meltdown works:

When you take money out of your RRSP, you have to… Read More

Dividend Investing vs Value Investing

Dividend Investing vs Value Investing

In choosing dividend investing vs value investing, it’s important to recognize that both can lead to favourable returns
To decide between dividend investing vs value investing, investors must first distinguish between the two. The best dividend stocks respond to tough economic times by doing their best to maintain,… Read More

Q: Dear Pat: Can you please explain how real return bonds work? Also, are they worth investing in, especially the iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF and the iShares Floating Rate Index ETF? Thanks.

A: Real-return bonds pay you a rate of return that’s adjusted for inflation.

Here’s how they work:

When a real-return bond is issued, the level of the consumer price index (CPI) on that date is applied to the bond. After that, both the principal and interest payments… Read More

Tips for investing in gold—and how to hold gold in your RRSP

Tips for investing in gold—and how to hold gold in your RRSP

Investing in gold: gold shares, gold bullion and gold in your RRSP—which is best?
At TSI Network, we’ve long recommended that you stay away from buying gold bullion, coins (unless you collect them as a hobby) or certificates representing an interest in bullion. If you are looking… Read More

Why you should be very wary of index-linked GICs

Why you should be very wary of index-linked GICs

Index-linked GICs maximize the promises but minimize the payouts
Index-linked GICs (guaranteed investment certificates) provide the buyer with a return that is “linked” to the direction of the stock market in a given period. A quick look at the rules on these deals may give you… Read More