Q: Hi, Pat. Thank you for your wealth of investment knowledge over the years it has helped my family build a good financial foundation for the present and future. Please, tell us more about Real Matters Inc. (REAL) on Toronto. Look forward to your reply. Thanks.

A: Real Matters Inc., $11.85, symbol REAL on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 84.9 million; Market cap: $957.7 million; www.realmatters.com), provides technology and network management solutions to the mortgage lending and insurance industries in Canada and the U.S. The company is based in Markham, Ontario. Its clients… Read More

Q: Pat, may I have your thoughts on Dream Industrial REIT? This warehouse REIT appears to be a great way to gain exposure to the online shopping phenomenon.

A: Dream Industrial REIT, $7.98, symbol DIR.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 152.2 million; Market cap: $1.2 billion; www.dreamindustrialreit.ca), offers investors a  portfolio of industrial properties in North America and Europe.

The REIT, originally named Dundee Industrial REIT, first sold units to the public and began trading… Read More

Q: Pat, may I have your view of the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF? If one were considering a “Dogs of the Dow” approach, would this be an alternative? Thanks.

A: The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF, $31.17, symbol SDOG on New York (Units outstanding: 34.5 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; www.alpssectordividenddogs.com), is an ETF that applies the “Dogs of the Dow” theory on a sector-by-sector basis using the stocks in the S&P 500. The… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. What do you think of Illinois Tool Works (ITW on NYSE)? It seems to be a very consistent and reliable dividend payer. Thanks.

A: Illinois Tool Works, $158.23, symbol ITW on NYSE (Shares outstanding: 318.9 million; Market cap: $49.3 billion; www.itw.com),is a multi-industry manufacturing company operating in 53 countries. Known as ITW, it has roughly 45,000 employees.

The company’s diversified range of industrial products includes aerospace technology, bridges, wind… Read More

Q: Pat, do you have any info on Iron Mountain, IRM on the NYSE? They deal in the mass storage of physical records etc. It pays a great dividend. Thanks.

A: Iron Mountain Incorporated, $32.17, symbol IRM on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 287.3 million; Market cap: $9.1 billion; www.ironmountain.com), stores, protects, and manages documents and information for more than 225,000 organizations, including 96% of the Fortune 1000. (The Fortune 1000 are the 1,000 largest American companies… Read More

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 so-called “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… Read More

Q: Hi, TSI. What do you think about Open Text and its recent acquisition of Carbonite? Thanks.

A: Open Text, $59.33, symbol OTEX on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 270.8 million; Market cap: $16.2 billion; www.opentext.com), develops, markets, licenses and supports collaboration and enterprise-information-management software for corporate clients. That software finds, stores and distributes information across corporate intranet and extranet networks as well as… Read More