Two banks primed for dividend growth

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA $77 (Toronto symbol BNS; Income-Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $92.4 billion; Dividend yield: 3.9%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.scotiabank.com) is the third-largest of Canada’s five big banks with assets of $887.0 billion.
It last raised its… Read More

BNS focuses on branches

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA $76.40 (Toronto symbol BNS; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $92.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.9%, www.scotiabank.com) is the thirdlargest of Canada’s five big banks.
The bank is selling its HollisWealth business to Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services… Read More

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of March 31, 2015

Opportunism is the source of a lot of the conflicts of interest that you run into as an investor.

The term “opportunism” carries negative connotations for a lot of people. But ambitious people and organizations, in the private sector and elsewhere, are always looking for growth… Read More

Pat: What is your view on Life Partners Holdings?

Life Partners Holdings, $20.52, symbol LPHI on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 14.9 million; Market cap: $304.9 million), facilitates viatical and life-settlement transfers in the secondary market for life-insurance policies.

A viatical settlement occurs when a terminally ill person sells a life-insurance policy to another party at a.. Read More