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Canadian Banks Pull Back

Canadian banks tend to be a core holding for many Canadian investors. They are some of the biggest companies in Canada, they offer a good yield and have been relatively stable during economic challenges. Many of the financial stocks are on a pull back and trading near their 52-week low. This could be a good opportunity to initiate a position or to add to a position. The big question is which would you pick? Canadian Banks Pull Back Let’s look at the pull back and the pertinent data. The graph below shows the 1-year trend between all the top 5 banks. They tend to always sneeze at the same time some more than others.  Have a look at some of their data below. Each bank pretty much pays you more in dividends than they charge you for your mortgage. A few of them provide an coumpond ...
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Process to Invest $1000

While I may have a dividend stock portfolio with over $300K, I still invest in small amounts throughout the year. The fact is, it’s the easiest way to invest. I could wait until I have more but I set my minimum at $1000 as my $9.99 transaction fee represent 1% and I don’t want to pay more than that. Back when trading used to cost $35 per transaction, it felt prohibitive if you remember those days. Process to Invest $1,000 Step 1 – Which sector needs money? The first thing I do is to take away the emotion by simply looking at my portfolio allocation to see where I am short. Usually there are a couple of sectors that are in need of extra funds. With the size of my portfolio, there are always movement in stock value which easily create a gap of $1,000 in a sector so it’s ...
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How To View Your Employer’s Stocks

There are many who work for a publicly traded companies and as such benefit from a number of stock related perks. The most common would be the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) followed by Restricted Stock Units (RSU) and the now less popular Stock Options. All of the three company benefits offer employees a way to own stocks in the company with a number of benefits. Before going over the ways to look at those benefits, let’s review them. ESPP – Employee Stock Purchase Plan This program allows the employee to put money aside for the company to purchase shares at a discount. The percentage allowed will vary but can be in the area of 10% of your salary. The purchases can be annually, semi-annually or quarterly. On average, an employee will receive a taxable benefit on the purchase ...
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