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So, when are stocks on sale?

The following is a guest post from Rob L., a fan of My Own Advisor living in Munich, Germany. Probably one of the hardest things for an investor to determine is when a stock might be on sale.  Today, I want to share three methods investors could use to help determine that. #1 – Value Investing Best known as “Graham Investing”, you can find out-of-favour stocks (hence undervalued stocks) by looking at such things as P/E ratios and book value.  While you may find bargains eventually, it is hard work and I suspect that most investors don’t ...
Algonquin Power

Algonquin Power – Buy, Sell or Pass?

Recently via the TSI Network, I received some news about Algonquin Power (AQN), a company I’ve considered adding to my portfolio.  Today’s post will provide an overview of this utility company to see if it offers value for dividend-oriented investors. About the company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation is a regulated utility company with assets across North America.  From their company website, they invest in hydroelectric, wind and solar power facilities, and have sustainable utility distribution businesses (water, electricity ...
Foreign Investments

Don’t be a homer, invest in foreign lands

“By definition, index funds provide the most diversification in each asset class and eliminate all uncompensated risk.  In contrast, active fund managers rely on less diversification to beat the index.  The managers either limit their holdings to a few favorable securities or they avoid unfavorable sectors.” – Rick Ferri, The Power of Passive Investing. The concept of diversification is certainly nothing new when it comes to investing, actually, I wrote about it recently here discussing some of my favourite international equity Exchange ...

Stock Market Myths

The following is a guest post from Ben Carlson at A Wealth of Common Sense. Ben writes about personal finance, investments, investor psychology and using your common sense to build wealth. Investing is counterintuitive.  It’s one of the reasons that investors get into trouble by paying attention to the wrong factors when making decisions.  In light of this, here are three stock market myths to consider. Myth #1: The Economy Must be Strong for Stocks to Perform Well Most investors think that forecasting economic activity is a prerequisite for ...

Cheap U.S. stocks with low price earnings ratios

Although not a perfect financial indicator, a low price earnings (P/E) ratio can signal a good company is undervalued.  Today’s post will highlight a few companies trading with a low P/E, companies you might want to consider for your dividend stock portfolio.  First up though a quick refresher about P/E ratios. Price Earnings Ratio = Stock Price per Share / Earnings per Share Expert opinions will differ on this but history tells us the average P/E ratio for the broad equity market is a number between 15-20.  This implies anything less than ...

Canada’s Top Performing Companies 2013

I was happy to see the latest edition of Canadian Business in my mailbox this week.  Every year, the magazine issues the Investor 500 edition, a comprehensive look at Canada’s 500 largest publicly traded companies.  In this edition of CB, I also found an article listing the top 15 Canadian companies by profit and total revenue: Although these stocks offer a range of yields, the top-15 by profit would likely be a good starting point for your dividend stock portfolio research.  Some of these Canadian companies have been paying dividends for ...

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