The search for yield: Knowledge is key

Posted on May 9th, 2013.

In an uncertain world in uncertain times, it seems that more and more folks are searching for a little bit of certainty in the income department. That is – they are now, more than ever before, reducing risk in their investment portfolios and looking for income paying investments. As the population ages and more and [...]

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What’s in a yield?

Posted on October 22nd, 2012.

I have mentioned in the past that one of the biggest mistakes that income-seeking investors make is to buy income-producing investments based on their current yield without taking other factors into consideration. The fact is that a high yield does not mean an investment is a good one, and may sometimes be a sign of [...]

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Understanding volatility in income paying investments

Posted on September 17th, 2012.

When it comes to buying income paying investments some things never change. Once such “thing” is the tendency for a high yield to catch the eye of an investor like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day. Now of course the yield of an investment is an important factor in the decision making [...]

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The big picture: Categorizing income paying investments

Posted on April 26th, 2012.

When investors start getting closer to retirement their appetite for risk will often decline. Makes sense that investors with long time horizons would generally feel safer that they can withstand the volatility that the stock market often provides, and that those with shorter time horizons would want to reduce risk. I believe that this tendency [...]

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What the heck is a convertible debenture?

Posted on April 10th, 2012.

There are many options for investors seeking income. I have written posts summarizing these options and also a fair bit of specific info about some of them. I think it is important that investors have an understanding of the basic types of investments so that they can try to decide if an investment choice or [...]

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Guarding against interest rate risk in Canada

Posted on March 12th, 2012.

When it comes to investing for income, things that appear simple can sometimes become a bit confusing, creating a “cloud of uncertainty” under which it is difficult to take action. No wonder many investors have historically flocked to simple investments like old fashioned GICs. Yup, many folks back in the “old days” would buy the [...]

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It pays to understand how you are taxed in Canada

Posted on February 28th, 2012.

Whenever I speak to a professional in any industry I always notice that they are adamant about certain things. A Dentist may be adamant that you use a certain brand of toothpaste, or a Realtor might be adamant that you have a home inspection performed. One of the things that I am adamant about, and [...]

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Currency risk a bigger concern for income seeking investors

Posted on January 27th, 2012.

When investing your hard earned saving there are really two ways to go about it. You can have individual holdings in an account, or a “package” of holdings in the form of a mutual fund for example. The “packaged” route is common as many investors are wary (with good reason) of selecting their own individual [...]

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The Dividend Anchor Score: A study of the usefulness of the newest security analysis tool

Posted on January 18th, 2012.

I’ve heard it said many times that you need to have the right tool for the right job. When it come to analyzing investments there are many tools that are available to help us assess the merits of an investment or set us off in the right direction. Setting off in the right direction can [...]

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InSync Income: The Must Read Guide to Investing for Income in Canada

Posted on January 5th, 2012.

When I visit bookstores these days, often to do a book signing, I will ultimately end up taking a stroll through the business section to see the placement of my book on the shelf and check out the available titles and such. One of the things that I have noticed is that although the shelves [...]

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