Fundamentals are essentially a company’s financial numbers. These include the company’s balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and income statement, as well as other qualitative and quantitative measurements that can highlight the health and growth prospects of a company.
Focusing on fundamentals is the way proven long-term investors Warren Buffett and his colleague Charlie Munger look at and analyse stocks.
Using a stock’s fundamentals is also known as “bottom-up” analysis. Using the bottom-up approach, you focus on understanding what’s going on, rather than trying to predict what happens next.
You could call this descriptive finance. You delve into earnings, dividends, sales, balance sheet structure, competitive advantages and so on. From there, it quickly becomes obvious that there’s an awful lot you don’t know about the risks in the investments you are considering. So you try to design a portfolio in which the risks offset each other.
Over periods of five years and beyond, top investment honours usually go to members of the bottom-up crowd. That’s partly because bottom-uppers tend to make fewer big mistakes. This lets their gains accumulate. This also leads to longer holding periods, which provide greater tax deferral and lower brokerage costs.
At TSI Network we start our analysis of any stock by looking at its fundamentals. But above all, we recommend that you follow our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
The most successful investors follow a sound growth investment strategy. Here are some top tips.
Although growth stock picks can be highly volatile, they can make good long-term investments. They may be well-known stars or quiet gems, but they do share one common attribute—they are growing… Read More
Stock beta ratings are of limited use, if any, in picking winning stocks.
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Renewable energy ETFs are increasingly popular, and not just with socially conscious investors. Still, are these ETFs good investments?
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Diversification, investment quality, and a focus on dividends are key when you’re learning how to start investing in stocks
We continue to think investors will profit most—and with the least risk—by buying shares of well-established companies with strong business prospects and strong positions in healthy industries.
Canadian capital gains tax is on the minds of investors as they anticipate post-COVID-19 gains
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The performance of energy services companies is highly dependent on the willingness of their oil and gas production customers to spend money on exploration and new infrastructure. Note, energy producers spend more readily when they generate strong profits and cash flow.
Meantime, the higher oil and… Read More
A: Hamilton Enhanced Canadian Bank ETF, $28.52, symbol HCAL on Toronto, (Units outstanding: 13.5 million; Market cap: $385.0 million; www.hamiltonetfs.com), aims to track the Solactive Canadian Bank Mean Reversion Index.
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ALGONQUIN POWER & UTILITIES CORP., $17.86, Toronto symbol AQN, is a top pick for 2022.
The company has two main businesses: the Regulated Services Group provides regulated electricity, gas, water distribution and wastewater collection services in Canada, the U.S., Chile and Bermuda; and the Renewable Power… Read More
To profit from growth stocks, you need to pick stocks with clear growth prospects and not simply momentum stocks with uncertain futures
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Despite lingering economic uncertainty because of the pandemic, TSX growth stocks can make excellent long-term investments.
By definition, TSX growth stocks are companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange that have above-average growth prospects. They are firms whose earnings growth has been—or is projected to be—above the… Read More
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