The Bank May Not Be Your Best Bet For Investing

By Ben Felix · March 24, 2017 - 0 comments

The big Canadian banks have come under fire recently for their aggressive tactics and, in some cases, claims of unlawful behaviour by stressed employees chasing sales targets. Most of the media attention has focused on customers being pushed to increase credit limits and overdraft protection, or apply for a more expensive credit card. But there is another product that banks have been aggressively selling for years while only attracting a bit of attention: High-fee mutual funds.

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What’s the Scoop on Bond Values?

By Nancy Graham · March 23, 2017 - 0 comments

In my last “No Dumb Questions” video, we introduced some of the basic differences between stocks and bonds, which explain why each entails different sorts of risks and expected returns. Next, I want to take a closer look at bond values, and how the risks inherent to investing in bonds can affect those values.

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Applying the Pareto Principle to Investing

By Susan Daley · March 15, 2017 - 0 comments

Analysis paralysis occurs when you over-analyze a situation with many options that no decision or action is taken. This was summed up nicely by a famous study on jam. Psychologists Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper conducted a study where they displayed an array of jams to sample. If you sampled a jam, you got a coupon that could be used on any of the jams. Another day, they significantly reduced the number of sampled jams on display. The large display attracted more interest than the small one, however those who saw the large display were only 1/10th as likely to buy jam as those who saw the small display

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What’s the Scoop on Bonds?

By Nancy Graham · March 9, 2017 - 2 comments

Stocks and bonds. You don’t have to be an investor for long before somebody suggests that you should have some of both. Bonds are supposed to be your financial safety net, while stocks are where you hope to earn your higher-flying returns … or so you’ve heard.

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