Welcome to this new edition of the Festival of Stocks! For this festival, I have decided to share my thoughts on a few investment products you may have or consider to include in your portfolio. If you are new to The Financial Blogger, I may suggest you read those investment related posts:
For someone who knows a little bit about stock markets and economy, building a portfolio with ETF’s may be the best solution. ETF’s can track anything you may think of (this is probably their biggest flaw at the same time!). So you can build a customized portfolio and fees are minimal. ETF’s are definitely the best products available on the market right now (again, for someone who knows what he is doing!).
Canadian Investor presents Should Penny Stocks Be In Your Investment Strategy? posted at Canadian Penny Stocks Blog.
AlexG presents Jim Rogers Financial Times Interview Novemver 03, 2009 | All Things Jim Rogers posted at All Things Jim Rogers.
Several bloggers hate mutual funds or despise them. However, mutual funds can be very useful depending at what financial stage (and knowledge) you are. For example, for someone who is accumulating on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, investing periodically in a mutual funds will allow him to participate in the market with a small amount (things you couldn’t do if you would buy ETF’s). You also have managed solutions for clients who don’t want to take care of their investment but still want to invest. Overall, mutual funds are not as bad as they are described by a few financial journalists / bloggers.
In French, those are called CPG. It means Certificat de Placement Garanti. However, we call them Certificat of Pauvreté (poverty) Garanti (Guaranteed) in the banking industry. While this provide the ultimate security, rates are so low that you will barely protect your investment from inflation once you have calculated applicable taxes. In other words, I don’t really like them 😉
Leslie Brown presents The Definitive Silver ETF Guide (Five Minute Edition) posted at ETF database.
Darwin presents 2009 Stock Market Returns YTD from Around the World – Shocking! posted at Darwin’s Finance.
I really like dividend paying stocks. Most of them are Blue Chips and offer a great stability in your portfolio while providing a constant income at the same time. The only thing to be careful with is to not consider dividend stocks like pure fixed income. As we have seen in 2008, even those shares can fluctuate a lot.
Mike presents Jumping On the Bandwagon posted at Minting Pennies – Personal Finance, Investing, and Microfinance.
If included in a bond ladder, municipal bonds and corporate bonds could be of great help in your investment portfolio. This will stabilize the volatility and can provide some good yield if you make your trades on the right timing (think about junk bonds in early 2009, this was the best performing asset class during the first 6 months!).
TIP Guy presents Stock Pre-Screening Process and Metrics | TIPBlog.in posted at TIPBlog.in.
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