Q: Pat: What do you think of Dream Global REIT? It has a good dividend and offers international diversification in the real estate business.

A: Dream Global REIT, $11.05, symbol DRG.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 175.1 million; Market cap: $1.9 billion; www.dream.ca/global), is a Canadian real estate investment trust that focuses on investing outside the country. It aims to grow by acquiring various types of properties in certain European… Read More

Acquisitions power Intact’s dividend growth

INTACT FINANCIAL CORP. $101 (Toronto symbol IFC; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 131.0 million; Market cap: $13.2 billion; Dividend yield: 2.5%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.intactfc.com) began operating in 1809. It’s now Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance, with… Read More

Your guide to tax-free savings accounts

Your guide to tax-free savings accounts

Tax free savings accounts let you earn investment income tax free. Make sure you’re getting the most profit and tax benefits from your TFSA.
The federal government first made the tax free savings account (TFSA) available to investors in January 2009. These accounts let you earn… Read More

Hi Pat: Is ING Group a good investment? Thanks.

ING Group NV (ADR), $11.70, symbol ING on New York (ADRs outstanding: 3.9 billion; Market cap: $44.2 billion; www.ing.com), is a global financial institution that offers banking, insurance and asset management to approximately 75 million clients in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Australia… Read More

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA $72.16 – Toronto symbol BNS

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA $72.16 (Toronto symbol BNS; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $88.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Div. yield: 3.7%, www.scotiabank.com) is the third-largest of Canada’s five big banks, with $791.5 billion of assets.

In the three months ended July 31, 2014, the… Read More

Updating our #1 pick for 2014

We made Bank of Nova Scotia our #1 safety-conscious buy in 2013 and again in 2014. The bank just reported strong quarterly results and raised its dividend. The shares are already up 18.4% this year, but we think they can still go higher.

BANK OF… Read More