Q: Pat, what do you think of Bridgemarq Real Estate Services? It has recently changed its name, but has anything else changed? Is the dividend safe? Thank you.

A: Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, $13.90, symbol BRE on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 9.5 million; Market cap: $132.5 million; www.bridgemarq.com), is a leading provider of services to residential real estate brokers. Its network is comprised of 19,046 real estate agents working with 337 broker-owners, who operate 671… Read More

Their high yields come with steady gains

While they sometimes lack high-growth potential, utilities are generally stable, profitable businesses with limited competition—and they offer investors high yields. As a result, as a group, they have a better long-term stock market performance than the overall market and come with less volatility and risk.
The… Read More

How to Pick a Top ETF Investment

How to Pick a Top ETF Investment

A top ETF will practice “passive” management, and have a much lower MER than a comparable mutual fund.

You might say we specialize in “plain vanilla” stocks—the ordinary kind, in other words, without any special features. We always almost stay out of new issues. For the most… Read More

Buy these bond ETFs for stable income

Buy these bond ETFs for stable income

These two bond ETFs offer exposure to quality holdings with low-fees, but they’re best left to investors who need stable income and really want to hold bonds.
The Bank of Canada will likely hold interest rates steady for all of 2017. That’s because low prices for… Read More

2 low-fee ways to access U.S. funds

2 low-fee ways to access U.S. funds

These two ETFs offer the same kind of access to U.S. and international companies as U.S. registered mutual funds—but without the high fees.
Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Group is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. In all, it administers almost $3 trillion U.S. across 175… Read More