U.S. businesses spur earnings for Fortis Inc.

U.S. businesses spur earnings for Fortis Inc.

Stronger earnings from this company’s U.S. operations as well as favourable currency movements helped lift its overall earnings by 10.9% in the most-recent quarter.

A series of recent U.S. acquisitions means the company now gets about 65% of its earnings from businesses south of the border.

The… Read More

TransAlta Renewables’ 7% yield is powered by wind

TransAlta Renewables’ 7% yield is powered by wind

A Member of Pat McKeough’s Inner Circle recently asked for his views on one of Canada’s largest generators of wind power. The company is also among the country’s largest publicly traded renewable power firms.

Pat notes that renewable energy relies heavily on government subsidies, although the… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. Your opinion on AltaGas, please. Thanks.

A: AltaGas Ltd., $17.89, symbol ALA on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 275.4 million; Market cap: $4.9 billion; www.altagas.ca), processes, transports, stores and markets natural gas for producers. It also operates natural gas utilities and is a power generator, with gas-fired, coal-fired, wind, biomass and hydroelectric plants… Read More

The Best Conservative ETFs Will Follow These Investment Rules

The Best Conservative ETFs Will Follow These Investment Rules

Exchange traded funds can offer lower-risk, steady returns, and low management fees. But you need to choose wisely, and focus on the best conservative ETFs
We still feel that investors will profit the most with a well-balanced portfolio of high-quality individual stocks, but ETFs can also… Read More

Theme Investing: Trendy Stocks Will Not Always Lead to Profits

Theme Investing: Trendy Stocks Will Not Always Lead to Profits

Theme investing, particularly when snatched from the latest headlines, may seem appealing—but more often than not will lead to poor returns
Theme investors zero in on something that’s going on in the world—in business, politics, technology or society as a whole—and try to cash in… Read More