Q: Hi, all. I wonder what your thoughts are on Carnival Corporation. We only own 100 shares, but as we spend about a month a year with Princess, owning 100 shares gets us about $500 U.S. in spending credits on their cruises as a shareholder benefit. Plus, it has a nice, decent dividend. Thanks.

A: Carnival Corp., $44.68, symbol CCL on New York (Shares outstanding: 718.6 million; Market cap: $31.7 billion; www.carnival.com), operates a fleet of 104 cruise ships worldwide and is based in Doral, Florida.

Carnival’s portfolio of cruise line brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess… Read More

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

More and more, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are finding their way into the portfolios of investors.
That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of them… Read More

Q: I am a new member and wondered what you think of a stock I have been looking at—Sienna Senior Living. I am finding your articles very informative as I try to upgrade my portfolios to your better stocks. Thank you.

A: Sienna Senior Living Inc., $18.67, symbol SIA on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 66.1 million; Market cap: $1.3 billion; www.siennaliving.ca), is one of Canada’s largest operators of seniors’ housing and Ontario’s biggest licensed long-term-care provider. In 2015, the company changed its name from Leisureworld Senior Care Corp.

Investors… Read More

Q: Pat, do you have any information on WSP Global, the Montreal-based engineering firm? Thanks.

A: WSP Global Inc., $80.95, symbol WSP on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 100.8 million; Market cap: $8.6 billion; www.wspgroup.com), is a professional services consulting firm. It employs about 49,000 people, mainly engineers, technicians, scientists, environmental specialists, planners, and architects. The company is headquartered in Montreal, with more… Read More