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Differences Between Canadian & US Stock Markets

Aside from the obvious currency difference, do you really understand the strength of each stock markets? From a population perspective, the USA is nearly 10 times bigger than Canada, you would expect the stock markets to be somewhat bigger by the same ratio. It’s nearly true with a couple of exceptions. Anecdotally, the entire population of Canada is just under the population of California alone. That alone should give you a sense of the economies at work.Canadian investors should understand the need to invest in the US. US investors should pay attention to the exceptions. In most cases, the companies of interest are probably trading on a US exchange already.Currency is often the challenge but there are ways to overcome that challenge and get access to the money in an effective ...
bank technology

Can A Dividend Aristocrat Really Give You a 2,400% Return Over 25 Years?

When most people think of dividend stocks they imagine stodgy slow growing companies that are past their peaks.  Dividend stocks have a reputation as being ‘conservative’, and suitable for those with low risk tolerances.  This is even more the view for Dividend Aristocrats; stocks with 25 or more years of consecutive dividend increases. Coca-Cola, Warren Buffett, & Growth Potential 25 years ago in 1989, Coca-Cola already had 27 years of consecutive dividend increases.  The company was not viewed as a rapidly growing new business.  Warren Buffett saw that Coca-Cola had a long-growth runway ahead of it.  Coca-Cola stock has returned over 2,400% (including dividends) since 1989.  For comparison, the S&P500 (as measured by the investible VFINX fund) returned less than 1,200% over ...
oil companies

Canadian Oil Giants in Review

When looking at a particular company, it’s always important to look at its peers rather than focusing on just one company. Often times, many of the companies can fit your portfolio, it just happens that when you are ready to buy, one may be preferable over the others. I looked at a number of oil companies in the past but I think it’s time we put them together and seriously compared them. For the purpose of identifying a Canadian oil giant, the market cap has to be above $25B otherwise a number of up and comers start to show up. This filter results in the following companies:Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) – Market Capitalization of $65.39B Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNQ) – Market Capitalization of $51.75B Imperial Oil Limited (IMO) – Market Capitalization of ...
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