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Chart 3. Worst performing sectors.

The Shift to Late Expansion Sectors

Written by Donald Dony, author of the www.technicalspeculator.com. As a new bull market progresses, there is a normal sequence of economic development. This progression favours certain industry groups at different times. In the late contraction stage of the economy, the financial and consumer discretionaries sectors are favoured. These two groups are usually the leaders. As the economy begins to expand and recover, the technology, services and construction sectors show greater performance. In the middle expansion phase, industry and basic materials are favoured. In the final late expansion stage of the economy and bull market, energy, commodities and defensive consumer staples display the greatest relative performance (Chart 1). During the past 60 days, there has been a marked development in sector performance. The top performing sectors have been utilities, energy, consumer staples and ...

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Rising stock market

The Weekly Lineup: Stay on the Path Edition

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful.” Warren Buffett. Markets continue their march onwards and upwards, and show no signs of taking a break. Everyone knows the Warren Buffett adage “Be greedy when others are fearful.” However, it was the first part of his quote that people often miss or gloss over in a rising market – “Be fearful when others are greedy…” It seems investors, and the general public, have once again become complacent to rising stock prices. For investors who have been through the Financial Crisis, the current market highs are once again ringing warning bells. While we may be coming up to a market correction, it may not be a crash. This is a point Ben Carlson drove home in his earlier post, Are Stock Market’s in a Bubble? If you sell now, will you be able to time your entry point back in? ...

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REIT Taxation

The following post is written by Brian So, a financial advisor and blogger at www.aafsinsurance.com. Introduction to REITs REITs, also known as Real Estate Investment Trusts, are publicly listed companies that own income-producing real estate. Their assets include hotels, shopping malls, office buildings and apartments. Originally created in 1960 by the United States, REITs have spread worldwide and have a strong presence in Canada as well. In order to qualify as a REIT (in Canada), at least 95% of its income must come from real estate assets, and at least 80% of its properties must be located in Canada. The popularity of REITs stems from the fact that they allow ordinary individual investors a means of participating in a diversified portfolio of real estate traded on stock exchanges. The returns are also tax-efficient for investors, as shown later. From the perspective of the companies, ...

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Book Giveaway: Confessions of a Professional Blogger

“Soon, it became clear that blogs themselves – and blog networks – could become profitable businesses. Within a couple of years, blogs evolved from being part of a business to becoming the business.” Miranda Marquit. Have you ever thought of starting a blog? Do you enjoy writing? Would you like to be paid to write? What does it take to be an online writer? If the idea of blogging and online writing stirs your interest, then Miranda Marquit’s new book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger, is the book to read. Miranda answers all the questions that bloggers have, when it comes to blogging and writing. In this 100+ page book, Miranda discusses in-depth the ins and outs of the online writing industry. It’s a step by step guide on what it takes to become a successful online writer. Miranda covers a lot of topics in-depth, and gives both a professional and personal ...

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Dividend Aristocrats: Bulls of the NYSE

What is a Dividend Champion?

The following post is written by John Schroeder. When it comes to investing in U.S. dividend stocks, there are several places you can start your search for companies to add to your portfolio. For example, many investors turn to the Dividend Aristocrats which are found on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. Members of the Dividend Aristocrats Index must consistently raise their dividend for 25+ consecutive years and also be a member of the S&P 500. In the event a company on the index freezes or lowers their annual dividend, then the stock is dropped at the end of the year. This set of strict criteria can give dividend investors a head start into searching for well-managed companies that continue to payback their shareholders. Besides the Aristocrats, there are several other lists or indexes of dividend paying stocks that investors can use. One such list is known as the Dividend ...

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