If it was 1950, would you pick IBM or Exxon?

I was reading Jeremy Siegel’s book “Stocks for the Long Run” and it asked whether IBM or Standard Oil (now Exxon) would have been better investments in 1950, assuming all dividends were re-invested. From 1950-2012, IBM had better sales, earnings,… Continue Reading

Wrestling with a Scary Investment Environment

The stock market carnage of the past few months has had me thinking long and hard about investing, to the point that I went to the library looking for advice. What I am wrestling with is the value investing side… Continue Reading

DH Corporation — expensive cheques but might be a good stock to buy

After looking at the ludicrous prices for business cheques, I decided to invest in the company that makes them for all the banks, D+H (formerly Davis and Henderson, which is about 140 years old). The set up fee for cheques… Continue Reading

Derek Foster’s “Money for Nothing” Theory is Not for Me!

I have learned a lot about investing from Derek Foster’s books and wanted to like his strategy of making money relatively risk-free on the options market. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem worthwhile to me. The strategy is quite simple: you… Continue Reading

Two Great Online Sources of Stock Information

Besides the Globe and Mail, there are two places I look to every day for financial updates. One is Susan Brunner’s blog (and I also follow her on Twitter, @spbrunner), and the other is Stockchase. Susan Brunner does in-depth analysis of… Continue Reading

Starbucks is Better than Timmy’s!

There are a lot of reasons why I like Starbucks better. First of all, hot chocolate is my drink of choice and Starbucks makes an exquisite hot chocolate. Tim Horton’s still has theirs as an oversweetened miserable concoction from a… Continue Reading

Stocks to Consider: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK:N)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK:LSE, GSK:N) is a stock that I have been quite happy with. It is a very large pharmaceutical company headquartered in London. I was attracted to it because it had a dividend yield greater than 5% and it seemed… Continue Reading

Misadventures with Investing in Resource Stocks

I believe in the adage of “buy low and sell high” when it comes to stocks. However, it is ever so difficult to know when it is a time to buy. I saw that oil and gold stocks have been… Continue Reading

Stock to Consider: National Grid (NGG:N)

One of my long-term stocks that is little-known in Canada is National Grid (NG:LSE; NGG:NY). It first came to my attention in a single paragraph mention in Canadian Business magazine. It is a UK-based electricity supplier that supplies most of… Continue Reading

Dividends, Glorious Dividends

Compound interest and time are either your two best friends or your two worst enemies, according to my husband’s late father. In the case of Dividend Re-Investment Plans (or DRIPs) they are definitely your friends. (The situation where it is… Continue Reading