Weekend Reading – Companies with growth, advisor tests, rate news and more

Welcome to your Weekend Reading folks, some of the best personal finance articles and investing material from the week that was.

Earlier this week my friends at 5i Research collaborated with me on this article: In Defense of Active Investing.  I liked what Ryan wrote about here: “Retail investors are not fund managers and that’s a good thing…their job does not depend on investment performance and they in turn do not have to make aggressive decisions or trades they would otherwise not make if their job did not depend on it. Secondly, you only have to answer to yourself. You do not have bosses, performance bonuses or thousands of investors breathing down your neck every quarter. This gives retail investors an advantage and an ability to focus on the long-term, opposed to reacting (and usually trading) every quarter.”

I also shared some takeaways from Andrew Hallam’s new book.  Thanks again to Andrew for sending me a copy to review and write about.

Enjoy these articles folks, listed below to help you save more, invest better and be wiser for it. Thanks for reading and sharing!

Dividend Growth Investing & Retirement listed these Canadian companies with consistently high earnings growth.  A very comprehensive article.

Sandi Martin shared some simple (and blunt, and good) tests for your financial advisor.

Folks interested in learning more about interest rate trends, can check out this TD Economics report.  Low interest rates might be here to stay for decades.

Andrew Hallam doesn’t invest in emerging markets anymore.  He said “Such markets promise the world.  But they rarely deliver.”

A reader emailed me about this cool inflation calculator, for those who like running numbers.

Ben Carlson wondered when the U.S. will have its next recession.

Dividend Earner wrote about Canadian dividend aristocrats.

In dividend news:

  • Bank of Nova Scotia increased their dividend by 3%.
  • Gibson Energy hiked their dividend by 7%.

Canadian MoneySaver compared the RRSP and TFSA.

5i Research shared some index considerations.

Michael James on Money enjoyed Warren Buffett’s latest letter to shareholders.  I did too.  You can read his 50th edition letter here.

Check out what Roadmap2Retire is forecasting for March.  He already called one dividend increase correctly.

Freedom Thirty Five wrote about a well-rounded investor.

How To Save Money wondered if you splurge.  Absolutely, you gotta live.  On that note enjoy your weekend 🙂

16 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Companies with growth, advisor tests, rate news and more"

  1. Weren’t the analysts predicting that the interest rates will go up this year? Look at what happened. Analysts seem to be the one of the few jobs that get paid tons of money and they’re only 50% correct at most. Imagine being 50% right on your designs as an engineer!

    Great list of articles are always Mark. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Yes, the analysts and experts were. To Michael’s comment, they have no idea 🙂 The weathermen and financial analysts are two great jobs, you can be wrong most of the time and still get nicely compensated!

  2. Jeff Bezos also thinks that focusing on the long term can give us an advantage. Yay, my BNS shares are paying out more dividends. It’s not a big increase, but it’s better than nothing. 🙂 I feel like Canadian banks are still decently valued relative to the rest of the stock market. Thanks for the mention. 🙂

      1. Yea, I have less than 5% exposure at the moment, but after that Andrew Hallam article, I am seriously thinking of dumping this and moving into developed markets altogether.


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