Knowledge is Power: American Economy, Emerging Stocks, Long Term Investing Edition

Interesting fact: The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert. It is almost as big as the USA. Source: National Geographic UK: The demise of the progressive dividend (Trustnet) India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 70 years after the British left (Livemint) One rule for ordinary Americans, another for American hedge fund managers (MoneyWeek) Stocks and the meaning of …

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Bloomberg: Canadian Stocks Look Cheap

Many of the equity markets have double-digit percentage growth so far this year. For example, developed European markets like Austria and Denmark are up by 21.4% and 12.9% respectively. Among emerging markets, Chile and India are up by 20.6% and 18.4% respectively YTD based on their benchmark indices. The S&P 500 has increased by a …

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Income Inequality in Emerging And Developed Countries: Chart

Income inequality is rising in many countries of the world especially in emerging countries and some developed countries. The Gini coefficient is one way to measure inequality. The higher the number the more inequal a country is. The chart below shows income inequality in emerging and select developed countries: Click to enlarge Inequality is a …

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Time in the Market is More Important Than Timing the Market

One of the important investment concepts that investors have to always remember is the futility of trying to time the market. It is never a wise strategy to time the market – which simply means selling out at market tops and buying back at market lows and repeating the process over and over. Since this …

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The Big Five Canadian Banks Are Great Dividend Growers

The big five Canadian banks – Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM), Royal Bank of Canada (RY) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) –  are excellent picks for income investors. They are slow but steady winners in the long-term especially with growing dividends. According to an article at Bloomberg, these five banks have increased …

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Australian Stocks’ Growth and Major Events Since 1900

In an article yesterday we looked at how Australian stocks beat cash and bond since 1900. During this period there we many major political and economic events that shook Australia and the world. In general, investors have always something to worry about. For example, today it is North Korea. Just a while ago it was …

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