Blue Chip Stocks

These are the most prudent stocks to invest in. They represent large, dependable, financially sound companies involved in fields that are unlikely to become obsolete any time soon. They are market leaders in their categories and generally rank in the top three companies in their sector. Good quality investments such as blue chips often tend to do better over the long run than stocks of lower quality and they help you sleep better at night.

They almost always pay a dividend. Their performance is particularly stable in times of uncertainty. And blue chip stocks are rarely troubled by lack of demand that holders of low quality stocks often find when they go to sell but find no buyers. This does not mean that you can buy them and forget them. Sometimes, even the best companies cannot survive severe stress. Canadians will remember Dome Petroleum, Moore Corp. and Nortel among others.

And sometimes a blue chip company may no longer be a blue chip stock if its shares get overvalued. Many high-tech giants reached share price levels during the dot.com boom that they have never regained since the tech bubble burst. As Warren Buffet says: “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price. I would rather be certain of a good result than hopeful of a great one.”

The term ‘blue chip’ is thought to have been coined by Dow Jones employees in the 1920s and derives from poker. Sets of poker chips usually consisted of white, red and blue chips. Traditionally, the blue chips represented the highest value.

2 financial stocks to buy

Credit services company goeasy Ltd. and insurance company Manulife Financial Corporation are both financial services stocks to buy for capital gains and growing dividends.

goeasy Ltd. (TSX—GSY)
goeasy Ltd.’s earnings are growing   Read More

2 financial stocks to buy

Credit services company goeasy Ltd. and insurance company Manulife Financial Corporation are both financial services stocks to buy for capital gains and growing dividends.

goeasy Ltd. (TSX—GSY)
goeasy Ltd.’s earnings are growing   Read More

Where’s the beef?

Margaret Samuel explores the world of plant-based food and finds three attractive dividend stocks to buy.
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Bank on your bank stocks

Trading to profit from anticipated declines in stock prices seldom works. In the case of the bank stocks, forget it.

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Where’s the beef?

Or the Thanksgiving turkey, for that matter. Margaret Samuel explores the world of plant-based food and finds three attractive dividend stocks to buy.

Veganism has existed for millennia as a diet   Read More

3 healthcare stocks to buy

Here are three stocks that may be appropriately held in a basket of stocks intended to participate in the future of medicine says Enriched Investing’s Margaret Samuel.

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Bank on your bank stocks

Trading to profit from anticipated declines in stock prices seldom works. In the case of the bank stocks, forget it.

The banks all reported strong results in the fiscal second quarter   Read More

3 healthcare stocks to buy

Here are three stocks that may be appropriately held in a basket of stocks intended to participate in the future of medicine says Enriched Investing’s Margaret Samuel.

It’s a disturbing thought,   Read More

Big six bank profits soar

The big Canadian banks are indicators of the economy’s health. How did they fare in the second quarter?

The second-quarter earnings season for the big six Canadian banks has come and   Read More

US Fed continues monetary stimulus

Behavioural finance analyst Ken Norquay ponders a dilemma: For stock market investors, negative news about the economy is good—positive news is bad. Go figure.
Skeptics like to say: “Seeing is believing.”   Read More

Saputo remains a buy

Saputo Inc. disappointed the market by earning less in fiscal 2021. But its international operations are growing. Saputo remains a buy.

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US Fed continues monetary stimulus

Behavioural finance analyst Ken Norquay ponders a dilemma: For stock market investors, negative news about the economy is good—positive news is bad. Go figure.
Skeptics like to say: “Seeing is believing.”   Read More

3 power utilities stocks to buy

The MoneyLetter recently reviewed security analysts’ reports for three utilities stocks—two independent power producers and a regulated utility.
TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TSX—RNW)
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Best stocks to buy now

PI Financial’s Guy Lapierre opts for well-established, cash-paying Canadian stocks, especially as our economy benefits from high commodity demand and prices.
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2 global bank stocks to buy

Portfolio manager Margaret Samuel looks at two global bank stocks as potential investments against a backdrop of rising interest rates.
The pandemic has created a level of forced savings not seen   Read More

3 power utilities stocks to buy

The MoneyLetter recently reviewed security analysts’ reports for three utilities stocks—two independent power producers and a regulated utility.
TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TSX—RNW)
TransAlta Renewables will acquire three assets from TransAlta Corp. (TSX—TA)   Read More

2 global bank stocks to buy

Portfolio manager Margaret Samuel looks at two global bank stocks as potential investments against a backdrop of rising interest rates.
The pandemic has created a level of forced savings not seen   Read More