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The increase in the interest rate will have effects on various stakeholders in the Canadian economy, including consumers and businesses.
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Sustainable investments now dominate the stock market.
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Most people understand when they take out mortgages, they're signing a legally binding contract and both parties are expected to carry out their part of that contract. What many don't understand, however, is that these contracts are often bought and sold on a secondary market.
When Victor Chiu first called me from Vancouver with his idea, it was pretty radical.
The reality is that the performance of a commodity producing company is affected by many outside factors that could significantly impact their stock price.
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Along the way, you've assembled a trail of savings -- a locked-in retirement account here, a defined contribution pension plan there, a mutual fund account at your bank and some stocks in a discount brokerage. It doesn't take long before your assets start to look like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces in various places.
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We believe that the current "free money" policies around the world of negative or zero-ish per cent central bank rates have not worked and do not work, and cannot understand why central banks continue to follow this course. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
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"Markets will first overreact, and then reclaim some of their losses."
Dividend stocks, especially ones with above average yields, have been excellent performers for the past few years. But with uncertainty dominating the broader economy and stock markets, a growing number of investors have raised the question of whether the good times can and will continue.
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The problem with using stock graphs to decide whether or not it is time to sell a company's shares has to do with the importance that people place on observations. Simply put, the most recent past is frequently seen as more diagnostic than the distant past, and so lines on a graph can be misleading.
As an investment adviser, I know that diversifying your investment portfolio is smarter than investing everything into any single sector. Consider real estate like any asset class with its own sets of risks, and not as a guarantee: it isn't. People have lost money in the real estate market, even in Vancouver.
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Look one or two years into the future, and focus on that. History has proven that the market can, and will, recover. In Feb 2009 the TSX was at its lowest, and by February 2011 it had doubled back. So prepare to be in this for the long haul, and you'll be richer for it.
We see the preferred share shakeout as a great buying opportunity, particularly among rate-reset preferreds -- especially those that have a rate reset of at least two years into the future -- as their plunge in prices has made their yields attractive and there is significant potential for capital gains if and when Canadian interest rates do begin to rise.
New media companies like Netflix became more valuable than established media companies like CBS.