The Power of Preferred Shares

Preferred shares are often overlooked by dividend investors because of their lower growth rate as compared to common shares.  Since they have a higher dividend yield, and preferred shareholders have rights to dividends over common shareholders, they certainly are worth looking into. The key point is preferred shareholders give up their voting rights in favour of a higher yield. In addition preferred shares are more complex than common stock, and have similar characteristics to corporate bonds that ...

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Time to Sell Enercare?

Recently a reader asked me to take a look at Enercare (ECI), formerly the Consumer Water Heaters Income Fund (CWI.UN ).  As I mentioned in a previous article – The Income Trust Countdown – many income trusts were purchased by investors only for the dividend yield, and in some cases that yield exceeded 10%. Of course with high yield comes high risk – but many investors seem to be indifferent to that fact. Now that most of these trusts have converted to corporations (other than REITs), ...

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Asset Allocation – Part 1: Risk Assessment

The premise of this article is that “Risk Assessment” is designed by the financial industry, and does not provide any useful indicator for the individual investor. I’ll argue that “Risk Assessment” has no bearing on proper Asset Allocation. Rather, your age is what should determine your investment risk. What is Risk Assessment? Mutual fund and insurance companies understand “risk assessment” very well.  In fact they have it down to a calculated science, highly correlated ...

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