Commodities continue to shine

Stock markets, especially in the developed world, continued their rise in May. Commodity-producing nations, including Canada, lead the way. Notably, ETFs holding gold and oil producers were some of the big winners for the month.
On the other hand, decliners in the month included a.. Read More

November: Good month for stocks

The month of November saw strong gains for stocks, commodities, and energy. This comes after the conclusion of the U.S. Presidential election and promising announcements from several pharmaceutical companies regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
At the broad market level, the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) gained 10% in the… Read More

Most ETFs fell in October

The month of October saw declines in most asset classes, especially during the last trading week. That came after very strong gains for most assets starting in April.
Representing the broad global, U.S. and Canadian markets, the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) lost 2.0%… Read More

New buildings are a big plus for investors

Today’s low interest rates continue to help Canadian REITs reduce interest expenses. That, in turn, steadies their cash flow and sustains their distributions for investors. In fact, most REITs have already moved to refinance much of their debt at today’s low fixed rates. This helps to… Read More

Here are five key ways to value REITs

Real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) have different valuation measures than, say, industrial companies or banks. Here we look at five popular methods to compare the valuations of REITs.
The net asset value (NAV) approach
Most REITs regularly value their real estate portfolios, either internally or by appointing… Read More