List/Grid Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Weekly Lineup: A Penny for Your Thoughts Edition

By Bye Penny Yesterday on March 29, 2012, the federal government announced in its budget that it would withdraw the penny from circulation in the fall of 2012. As a Canadian I feel a sense of sadness of course for the loss of the penny, as if some historical icon has been pulled from under me. Through the years I’ve learned to love and hate the penny, but it demise isn’t so bad after all. Pennies aren’t worth much in the current economy, we forever have to carry them in our pockets, and it’s too time consuming to roll them up for the bank. All they are good for is handing to some poor cashier, who has to count them out to make sure they won’t be short-changed on their shift. The first Canadian cents were struck in 1858 and had a diameter of 25.4 mm (1 inch) with a weight of 4.54 grams. I’m the first to complain about having to put a few pennies in my pocket after buying ...
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Should You Invest In Dividend Stocks or ETFs?

Written by Teacher Man™, at My University Money. Hello citizens of Dividend Nation.  My pen name is Teacher Man™ and I am co-owner of the blog My University Money.  I also write for several other personal finance blogs, and have recently decided to try my hand at this whole eBook thing.  Before I get into trying to convince an audience full of dividend believers that I believe I have a better approach, I should probably get one thing straight.  As long as you are out of debt, saving, investing for the long-term, and determining what your best exposure to equities is (taking into account your time horizon and risk tolerance), then you will be absolutely fine with either method.  I have read the Dividend Ninja’s articles since I saw him in MoneySense magazine a few months ago, and I learn something new whenever I visit his site.  I think he has some great advice on dividend investing.  ...
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Recent Buy: Husky Energy (HSE)

Today the bad news on markets caused the TSE to slip nearly 80 points in midday trading. Commodity prices sank on reports of slower growth in the euro zone and China, which fueled concerns over the demand for Canadian resources. This was exactly the good news I was waiting for, as my order for 100 shares of Husky Energy (HSE) was filled at $25.49 per share. As mentioned in my previous weekly lineup, I was waiting for a pull-back in the price of Husky, so today I was delighted to wakeup and see the TSE in the red. Husky Energy is a stock I’ve been watching and wanting to own since I started dividend investing, but never seemed to actually buy. It was one of my 2011 Stock Picks, I chose it for the Dividend Growth Index, and again recommended it in my 2012 Stock Picks. Now I’m an owner in this company, and plan to hold this one for the long term. I’ll be buying more of Husky on the dips, ...

Dividend Fund Managers Are Buying Apple?

written by Hank Coleman Mutual fund managers are getting confused. It seems like more fund managers are deviating from their fund’s stated focus and suffering from style drift in order to own one of the hottest stocks of the past decade. More than 40 dividend funds have recently bought shares of Apple even though the company does not yet issue a dividend. Even mutual funds that focus on small companies have gotten into the act. Over 50 small capitalization and mid-cap mutual funds have bought shares of Apple stock even though the company’s ballooning share price has made it the largest company in the world. Is this new development a good trend? Or, is it something to worry about? Signs Of Things To Come? Many people have predicted that Apple will begin to offer a dividend to its shareholders this year. Do these dividend funds know something that the rest of the public does not? Or, are ...

The Weekly Lineup: Mid March Shopping Edition

Being a guy, shopping isn’t exactly at the top of my priority list. But with a few thousand left from selling my index funds last week, shopping for dividend stocks was  just what I needed to get in the buying mood. In fact the last time I saw a grown group of men get excited over shopping, was last August when markets took a nose dive, and investors were backing up the truck on their favourite stocks on sale!  Unfortunately last week, stocks were certainly not on sale, with seven days of continuous gains. That was good news for my RRSP holdings, but not for the stocks I was eagerly awaiting to invest in. I’m not sure how the universal laws of money really work. All I do know is I had been watching these stocks for a few weeks, and then when I decided to make a move, it just happened to coincide with a nice market gain. Why do markets always rise when you want to buy stocks? Manulife ...
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