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Stock Market DeclinesInvesting During Market Declines

August 11th, 2011

Market declines are part of the process of investing in equities, after all “what goes up must come down.” We’ve had a pretty good run on stock prices and commodities since early 2009, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see the market blowing off some steam, whether it’s the big one, or a correction in the middle of a raging bull market.

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Back up the Truck

Before You Backup the Truck

August 7th, 2011

Investors also realize the stock market is a bargain, after two days of massive declines. They are also bargain hunting with frenzy. And that’s a good thing. Other investors may be frozen in fear, or even worse selling their equities. It’s the smart ones who swoop like vultures to buy discounted stocks on dips and corrections. So many investors are “backing up the truck” so to speak, to buy cheap stocks and equities on sale…

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S&P TSX Composite

Keep Calm and Steady

August 5th, 2011

In this post, I remind you to keep your focus, don’t do anything sudden, and don’t get caught up in the stress and panic. When everyone else is selling in fear, and selling at a loss, it is often the best time to buy. If you have an investment strategy in place, then you really don’t need to panic. You likely have opportunity built right into that plan, whether it’s rebalancing or purchasing new shares/units at discounted prices.

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Would the Real Fund Please Stand Up - Part 1Would the Real “Fund” Please Stand Up! Part 1

July 12th, 2011

Confused about the differences between mutual funds, index funds, and all the ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) available to invest in? Well you’re not alone… While ETF sales have soared in Canada since 2007 (see chart to left), that’s not to say investors have had a better choice of products to choose from. Unfortunately many of these products are simply unsuitable and unnecessary for the average investor.

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The Safety of Short Term Bonds

The Safety of Short Term Bonds
Part 2

June 30th, 2011

Remember, the main reason you are investing in short-term bonds (and not corporate or long-term bonds) is because they are the least sensitive to interest rate increases. As with the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 bonds provided a harbour of safety amidst massive global stock-market declines. If you believe as I do in keeping a well diversified portfolio between assets (stocks and bonds), then short-term bonds should be part of your current portfolio.

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The Safety of Short Term BondsThe Safety of Short Term Bonds

June 7th, 2011

This should be a reminder to investors of why asset allocation is important… That’s where short term bond holdings come into play! Bonds with a duration of 1-5 years, are in opposite movement with the stock market – in other words they are uncorrelated. When markets fall, short term bond funds do very well. And unlike corporate bonds or long-term bonds, short term bonds are less sensitive to interest rate increases.

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The Japan EarthquakeThe Japan Effect ~ A Week in Review

March 18th, 2011

Many investors and analysts already felt markets were due for a significant correction. So when the Japanese Earthquake, tsunami, and pending nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant occurred, it’s no wonder stock markets tumbled. Any world event may have been the trigger.  Yet markets have already begun to snap back since Wednesday… The biggest mistake for investors is emotionally reacting to world events. Having a plan to begin with, and keeping calm in times of turmoil is the key for investment success.

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Investor Sentiment Investor Sentiment

March 10th, 2011

I have found global inflation and investor sentiment, are two indicators that give some direction of the markets. Unfortunately in the past it’s been an indicator of topped-out stock markets, with rising interest rates… However, it looks like many investors have missed the boat on the rising stock market. Many still recovering from the shock of the 2008 crash on their portfolios, have remained in fixed-income and been reluctant to get back into stocks. That was until 2011! Since the beginning of the year, investors have begun pouring their money back into Canadian and global equities.

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Buying Bonds? Think Short TermBuying Bonds? Think Short Term

October 21st, 2010

That means that if you want to invest in bonds, short term bonds and short term bond funds and ETF’s are the way to go. That way you can diversify into bonds, to protect yourself against stock market declines, and other unforeseen economic events. But unlike corporate or long-term bonds you will be impacted less by rising rates. I think there is room for capital appreciation in short-term bonds over the next year.

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Horizon-BetaPro-HXT-ETFHorizon’s BetaPro S&P/TSX60 (HXT) ETF. A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing!

October 15th, 2010

On September 14th, Horizon announced the BetaPro HXT, an ETF that tracks the S&P/TSX60 Index. With a MER of only 0.07% you can easily understand the interest that generated! Imagine an ETF that tracks the TSX-60 for a super-low MER. It sure had me thinking recently. Well hold on, what appears to be isn’t so. Here are some facts about the Horizon HXT ETF that might have you rethinking your decision to purchase…

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