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

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

Seaspan (SSW:N and SSW.PRC:N) is a Stock Worth Considering

I first heard about Seaspan (SSW:N) as an investment idea from an accounting professor who had done an analysis of it and quite liked it. One of its advantages is that while it trades in the US, it is considered… Continue Reading

Real Estate Investments with REITs

REITs are a great way for small investors like me to invest in classes of property like shopping malls, offices and apartments . They have great dividends, generally 3-8%, paid monthly. I have done well with capital gains on REITs… Continue Reading

Loblaws: I Love You, I Hate You!

One of my first and worst stock investments was Loblaw (L:T). Which is doubly a shame because of how much I LOVE shopping at Superstore, one of the banners they trade under. Their President’s Choice line is fantastic (can’t get enough of… Continue Reading

I Love Companies that Pay Dividends!

Since I don’t have a work pension, I need to save on my own for retirement. The government pensions alone won’t provide enough for me. I used to invest in mutual funds, then after reading a few books, such as… Continue Reading