Markets are falling, but my dividends keep going up

Markets are falling, but my dividends keep going up

Some people celebrate Canada Day by wearing red and white or heading out to watch the fireworks. I like to express my patriotism by adding up all the dividend increases from the Canadian companies in my model Yield Hog Dividend Growth Portfolio. This year, dividends have been one of the few bright spots for investors. … Read more

These indicators will tell you when it’s time to load up on stocks again. More, China bulls make a return

These indicators will tell you when it’s time to load up on stocks again.  More, China bulls make a return

Michael Cembalest, the chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for JP Morgan Asset Management, is providing some important guideposts that will allow investors to gauge when equity markets have bottomed. In the most recent edition of his popular Eye on the Market report, he notes that US purchasing managers indices (PMIs) have been the best … Read more

As stocks nosedive, don’t lose sight of the difference between price and value

As stocks nosedive, don’t lose sight of the difference between price and value

A cynic is one “who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” This comment, by a character in one of Oscar Wilde’s plays, does not refer to the stock market. But it serves as a good description of what happens at times like the present. When stock market prices are rising, many … Read more

Premarket: Stocks extend bear market bounce as inflation angst eases

Premarket: Stocks extend bear market bounce as inflation angst eases

Tokyo pedestrians wearing protective masks are reflected on an electronic board displaying various company’s stock prices in this file photo.Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters World shares extended their bounce on Monday, building on Friday’s strong Wall Street close as off-peak oil prices helped sentiment improve and temper fears of prolonged inflation. Strong morning gains in Europe and … Read more

As the housing market slows, costly bridge mortgages are an increasingly common last resort

As the housing market slows, costly bridge mortgages are an increasingly common last resort

The average Canadian home has shed 12.9 per cent of its value in just three months, according to the latest Canadian Real Estate Association report. That’s almost 1 per cent a week. If you’re selling a home and not getting any bites, your blood pressure is probably rising – especially if you need the equity … Read more

Five super-obvious signs we were in a financial bubble. Plus, CIBC’s Benjamin Tal on what’s next for markets and inflation

Five super-obvious signs we were in a financial bubble.  Plus, CIBC’s Benjamin Tal on what’s next for markets and inflation

New York magazine published The Clues You Missed: 5 Super-Obvious Signs We Were in a Financial Bubble earlier this month and, even though it was written with a definitively tongue-in-cheek tone, it raises some interesting questions for Canadian investors. The first sign of an imminent bear market we missed, according to the column, was the … Read more

Why investors have become hesitant to buy beaten-up equities. Plus, 17 dividend growth stocks that will help you fight inflation

Why investors have become hesitant to buy beaten-up equities.  Plus, 17 dividend growth stocks that will help you fight inflation

Whipsawing bond yields, surging oil prices and a Federal Reserve bent on squashing the worst inflation in four decades are hammering investors’ ability to assess US stock valuations, even as the market’s tumble creates potential bargains. Without a doubt, stocks are far cheaper than at the start of the year, following a 23% year-to-date decline … Read more

Gordon Pape: Here’s what investors need to do to cope with the bear market

Gordon Pape: Here’s what investors need to do to cope with the bear market

It’s official. The S&P 500 plunged into bear market territory last week, joining Nasdaq which had been there since March. The Dow isn’t there yet, but close. (A bear market is defined as a drop of 20 per cent or more from the previous high.) The TSX has fared better than its US counterparts. It’s … Read more

Buyers suggestions for improvements heard – and $30,000 added to sale price

Buyers suggestions for improvements heard – and ,000 added to sale price

Coldwell Banker Mountain Central 2 Hawthorne Cres. NW., Calgary Asking price: $1.45-million (March, 2022) Previous asking price: $1.45-million (August, 2021) Selling price: $1.48-million (March, 2022) Tax: $9,999 (2021) Days on the market: not applicable Listing agent: Rob Vanovermeire, Coldwell Banker Mountain Central The action The eat-in kitchen opens off the back.Coldwell Banker Mountain Central Agent … Read more