Reasons to put defensive stocks in your portfolio

Reasons to put defensive stocks in your portfolio

Defensive stocks can protect your portfolio against economic or stock market downturns
Most defensive stocks are in the Consumer sector. They benefit from continuous, habitual use and have a steady core of sales, regardless of the economy and business cycles. These companies typically make products like… Read More

What do playing the stock market and chess have in common?

What do playing the stock market and chess have in common?

Successfully playing the stock market — like chess—is never about going for broke.
Many investors like to use analogies from sports or the military to describe their investment approach, so they’ll often use the phrase playing the stock market. But if I had to compare our… Read More

U.S. consumers and rising interest rates

U.S. retail sales have staged a strong recovery since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. Rising employment and greater consumer confidence have helped to lift consumer spending. Still, future increases will in large part depend on how quickly and how high interest rates move up.
The U.S…. Read More

Utilities vs. rising interest rates

Traditionally, the utilities sector suffers when interest rates rise. That’s because many of its companies carry lots of debt. Higher rates make it more expensive to raise money and refinance that debt.
As well, their shares, which typically offer high yields, compete with fixed-income instruments for… Read More