Q: Pat, I am thinking of employing the “RRSP meltdown strategy.” In my case, though, I’m thinking of using your newsletters to choose the stocks I purchase with borrowed funds (rather than losing fees to a broker/advisor). What are your thoughts regarding this approach to an RPSP meltdown?

A: There are times when you may want to withdraw money from an RRSP. This has spawned one strategy, the RRSP meltdown, that can bring you more risk than reward.

Here’s how the RRSP meltdown works:

When you take money out of your RRSP, you have to… Read More

Dividend Investing vs Value Investing

Dividend Investing vs Value Investing

In choosing dividend investing vs value investing, it’s important to recognize that both can lead to favourable returns
To decide between dividend investing vs value investing, investors must first distinguish between the two. The best dividend stocks respond to tough economic times by doing their best to maintain,… Read More

Q: Dear Pat: Can you please explain how real return bonds work? Also, are they worth investing in, especially the iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF and the iShares Floating Rate Index ETF? Thanks.

A: Real-return bonds pay you a rate of return that’s adjusted for inflation.

Here’s how they work:

When a real-return bond is issued, the level of the consumer price index (CPI) on that date is applied to the bond. After that, both the principal and interest payments… Read More

The best choices for BCE and Bell Aliant shareholders

The best choices for BCE and Bell Aliant shareholders

This special edition of “Best Canadian Stocks”  was posted in 2014 and focused a key acquisition for BCE at the time – the remaining shares of Bell Aliant Inc.
BCE INC. (Toronto symbol BCE; www.bce.ca) has agreed to pay $3.95 billion in cash and stock for the 56% of… Read More