Equity Performance: Small Caps Easily Beat Large Caps

In my December 2009 article A Lost Decade for U.S. Stocks, I mentioned that the S&P 500 lost 23% from Dec 31, 1999 through Dec. 14, 2009. A recent article in the Journal titled “Small Caps Loom Large” notes that the small cap stocks in the U.S. have rallied strongly since the decade that began …

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The Top Eight Resource-Rich Countries

The following graph shows the eight richest countries by value of their natural resource reserves according to research by Citigroup. South Africa tops the list with its non-energy natural resource reserves valued at $2.5 Trillion. The developed countries in this ranking are the U.S., Canada and Australia. Some of these markets have become expensive after …

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A Review of Canadian Dividend ETF

One of the ETFs that tracks the performance of top Canadian dividend stocks is The Claymore S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend ETF which trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) with ticker CDZ. This ETF replicates the performance of S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index. A company should satisfy the following criteria to become a member of the …

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List of Country-Specific ETFs and CEFs

Some investors find it easy to invest in a country-focused fund rather than research and pick individual companies. This strategy works well since most of these funds hold the largest companies in a specific country and investing in them is relatively safer than say putting money in lesser known companies. Many country-specific funds are available …

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