Topic: How To Invest

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of July 28, 2015

Article Excerpt

The drop in the stock market in the past few weeks is spurring renewed interest in market timing—the practice of trying to predict future trends and turning points in stock prices. For most people, this is wasted if not harmful effort. Random events tend to occur in bunches. Market timing generates a lot of random buy and sell signals, and some are bound to work out well. But few work out well enough to offset losses on the inevitable erroneous signals, and leave a decent profit besides. Instead of trying to master market timing, you are far better off to study the earmarks of successful investments. Your long-term investment results will improve a great deal if you simply learn to spot and recognize these earmarks, and understand how they differ from the common risk factors in unsuccessful investments. This week, we’ve prepared a special report on dividend investing, in Canadian stocks and American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). A history of steady if not…