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Time for a portfolio review and rebalance

Getting your investments back on track Stock markets were on a tear last year. The S&P/TSX Composite was up 21% in 2021, while the S&P 500 Composite Index rose 27%. But trouble may be brewing, with inflation still raging and interest rate hikes looming....


The importance of portfolio diversification

Manage risk, stabilize returns Have you noticed? Stock markets have been climbing to new highs through the summer. And the growth stock sector continues to be expensive. Value stocks, holding true to their name, generally are not. In fact, according to Yardeni...


Are you an “accredited” investor?

Deep pockets and knowledge a must From time to time, you’ll see (or even be offered by your advisor) an investment available only to “accredited” investors. This doesn’t necessarily mean some sort of real estate syndicate in the Caribbean. In fact, very often it...


Calming runaway inflation fears

Clients have been asking about the prospect of runaway inflation and how it could affect their portfolio and their ability to meet retirement goals. In this interview with Wealth Professional, Robyn Thompson offers pointers for financial advisors and their clients...


Preparing your portfolio for inflation

Do’s and don’ts for the new investment environment By now, you’ve noticed that the prices of everyday essentials from groceries to gas to lumber have edged up, some quite significantly. No, you’re not dreaming, and it’s not a mistake. Consumer price indexes have...


Busting the sell-in-May stock market myth

Investing by stock market lore could be a money-losing strategy “Sell in May, go away, and don’t come back ’til Labour Day” is one of those bits of market lore that’s trotted out from time to time. Other instances of such supposed deep wisdom include, “Never try to...


Dealing with the season of volatility

Portfolio management tips for troubled times October is a typically volatile month for markets, and this year has been no exception. The main North American stock indexes were down for the month across the board. So were crude oil and gold. We heard media talking...


Three investing blunders to avoid

Vulnerable in the season of volatility The fall season of volatility is here again. This year, however, stock markets may be susceptible to even more gyrations than usual, given the vagaries of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on economic growth, the U.S....


The lure of record high stock markets

Review your portfolio before jumping in The Dow Jones Industrial Average is reaching all-time record highs. So is the S&P 500 Composite Index – amidst a pandemic and a recession, no less. And smaller investors are jumping on the bandwagon. Should you join the...


Gold: safe haven or dead weight?

The lure of gold in troubled times Gold has in recent weeks become more interesting to investors. After a lengthy period during which an ounce of gold traded around US$1,500 per ounce, it notched up slightly after the March stock market meltdown, to around...

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