Utilities: Stable growth adds to their appeal

As a group, higher-yielding stocks, such as utilities, have lagged the broader indexes over the past decade. Part of that was due a preference by many investors for faster growing tech stocks such as Netflix, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and so on.
Moreover, utilities and other other… Read More

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of January 27, 2015

John Templeton, a 20th century investing master, once said, “The four most dangerous words for an investor are “This time it’s different”. What he meant was that the market goes through recurring cycles of optimism and pessimism, and that prices rise and fall in response… Read More

CANADIAN TIRE CORP. $45 – Toronto symbol CTC.A

CANADIAN TIRE CORP. $45 (Toronto symbol CTC.A; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 81.5 million; Market cap: $3.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; SI Rating: Above Average) operates 475 stores that sell automotive, household and sporting goods. It also operates 86 PartSource auto-parts stores, 372… Read More

Iconic retailer profits from new-store push

Canadian Tire is down 36% from its April 2008 peak of $70. Investors fear that rising unemployment will hurt its sales and increase losses on its credit-card loans. However, the company has been improving its stores. It also owns some of Canada’s best-known brands. These… Read More

IGM FINANCIAL INC. $33 – Toronto symbol IGM

IGM FINANCIAL INC. $33 (Toronto symbol IGM; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 262.4 million; Market cap: $8.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.2; SI Rating: Above Average) is Canada’s largest mutual fund company. It manages $98.8 billion of assets. Power Corp. owns 56.4% of IGM.

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Look beyond banks for Finance growth

We continue to recommend that all investors own at least two of Canada’s big-five banks. But these should not be the extent of your financial holdings. Other types of financial investments, such as high-quality insurance companies, should play a role in your portfolio, as well.

Here… Read More