Rising rates limit the appeal of bond ETFs

The Bank of Canada increased its benchmark interest rate in July 2018 from 1.25% to 1.50%. That rate could rise further later this year on stronger economic growth and low unemployment. Inflation has also moved up steadily, sitting at 3.0% in July 2018.
We continue to… Read More

Intact soars higher

INTACT FINANCIAL $106.31 (Toronto symbol IFC; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (416-341-1464; www.intactfc.com; Shares outstanding: 139.2 million; Market cap: $14.7 billion; Dividend yield: 2.6%) is Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance. The company insures more than five million individuals and businesses.
The stock has moved up 16% since… Read More

Stormy weather to impact Intact

INTACT FINANCIAL CORP. $96 (Toronto symbol IFC; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 139.2 million; Market cap: $13.4 billion; Dividend yield: 2.9%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.intactfc.com) is Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance. Its major brands are Intact Insurance, Canada BrokerLink and… Read More

Diversify with these mid-cap ETFs

For most investors, we still think large-cap companies, or the ETFs that hold them, should form the core of their stock portfolios. However, while a lot of investors look to add a few small companies with high growth potential, many overlook medium-sized companies, or “mid… Read More

Two ETFs offer high-quality bonds at low fees

Two ETFs offer high-quality bonds at low fees

The Bank of Canada increased its benchmark interest rate in January 2018 from 1.00% to 1.25%. That rate could rise further later this year on stronger economic growth and low unemployment. Inflation has also moved up, although it eased somewhat from 2.3% to 2.2% in… Read More