SPOTLIGHT: 'Tis the (RRSP) Season
How to Scout World for RRSP Foreign Content
Canadian equities represent a slender 3 per cent of the global equity market.
That leaves investors struggling to fit 97 per cent of foreign markets into a
slim 30-per-cent allowance within their registered retirement savings plans.
Keith Damsell has some tips for
MUTUAL FUNDS: High Notes, Hungry Hedge
Mutual Funds Cap Year on High Note
Canada's mutual fund industry capped 2004 on a festive note, with a strong
December performance contributing to the highest annual sales in three years.
The bullish year-end stoked speculation that investors are accelerating their
purchases of mutual funds as the March 1 deadline for registered retirement
savings plans approaches. Roma Luciw looks back... and forward.
Hungry Hedge Funds Stir Up Trading Volumes
In stock trader heaven, a new takeover is announced every day. In this perfect
world, each new acquisition features an ever-changing combination of cash,
stock and other bits of paper. Companies keep bumping up bids, every deal is
contested, and the value of all the moving parts keeps jumping around, which
means hedge funds that try to arbitrage these deals keep buying and selling.
Andrew Willis makes sense of it all.
INVESTING: Under the Hood, '05 Themes
Diagnose and Repair Clunker Stocks for Free Online
Uh oh, the ''check engine'' light's gone on in your stock portfolio. One of
your stocks is malfunctioning and you've got to diagnose the problem in much
the same way as a mechanic does when that incredibly annoying ''check engine''
light on your car flashes red. Rob Carrick gets under the hood.
Money Manager Sees Nine Crucial Themes for 2005
Patrick McKeough, publisher of the Successful Investor newsletter, sees nine
crucial investment themes for 2005.The money manager says he won't be making a
particularly big bet on any one of these: He likes to cushion his portfolios
from downdrafts by staying well-diversified. Carolyn Leitch looks at his
Investor Aces Futures Market Trades
As far as the authorities in Ed Twardus's native Poland are concerned, the
57-year-old is ''still on vacation.'' That's a long break, given he left the
country in 1971. At one point in the 90s, he was making $50,000 to $70,000 a
day on corn futures. He also does some regular stock investing, and one of his
major rules is "I don't invest in companies that can't compete with China."
Tony Martin has the story.
A Complete Distribution History is Crucial When Picking a Trust
You have to wonder whether some income trusts are being lazy or evasive in
neglecting to provide easy access to key information. If their main appeal is
the fact that they pay out cash every month or quarter, then you shouldn't buy
one without first finding out how well it has maintained and, ideally,
increased its payout over time. Rob Carrick tells what to look for.
ETC: Does Timing Matter?
Market Timing? What's That?
Market timing? Is that how long it takes to do your grocery shopping? Only 41
per cent of Canadian investors are aware of the mutual fund industry's market
timing scandal, a poll to be released today found. And of that group, only
half -- about 20 per cent of all investors -- have a sense of the details.
Keith Damsell examines the implications.
Growth Predicted For Asset-Backed Securities
The Canadian structured finance market is expected to grow this year with the
anticipated return of Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec as a player in
the commercial mortgage-backed securities market, says a senior executive at
Moody's Investors Service. Allan Robinson looks at some opportunities.