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Looking for a Bond Substitute?
February 13, 2017
Dividends

Looking for a Bond Substitute?

Richard Croft

Despite the hype around the Trump Rally, some stocks have been left behind. Notable among the group; BCE Inc. (TMX: symbol: BCE) which closed last Friday at $58.28. Well off the highs of August 2016 when the stock traded above $63 per share.   A growth investor might consider that tragic. However, most investors see this...

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Why pay more when you can PEY less?
January 05, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Why pay more when you can PEY less?

Christopher Thom

Peyto (TSE: PEY) shares did well in 2016, rising 33.5%, as natural gas prices rose almost 64%. Natural gas accounts for 90% of Peyto’s total production volume. In my view, the shares are undervalued and could be purchased outright at this level. However, two issues arise with that idea. First, we are here to talk about...

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8 months ago
An Electrifying Yield on a Utility Stock
October 12, 2016
Concepts

An Electrifying Yield on a Utility Stock

Christopher Thom

Utility stocks are often loved by yield investors. They provide steady dividends, are regulated businesses, and are less cyclical. Generally they can be called “boring,” but for the investors who own utility stocks that is what they love about them. We’ve seen this sector do well over the last few decades as interest...

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Writing Calls Against ETFs
August 08, 2016
Index Options

Writing Calls Against ETFs

Richard Croft

When most investors think about selling covered calls, they think in terms of writing calls against individual stocks. Less often we think about writing covered calls against exchange traded funds (ETFs). Too bad really, because there are some interesting opportunities in that market space. Trading ETFs reduces the impact of...

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1 year ago
The Covered Strangle is both an Income and Investment Strategy
July 29, 2016
Revenue

The Covered Strangle is both an Income and Investment Strategy

Alan Grigoletto

Canadian investors seeking an index or single stock option strategy may want to consider the covered strangle. It can be employed to enhance yield and provide a strategic means to both add to and exit existing positions. Like any options strategy there are trade-offs, and the covered strangle does pose some risk.   The...

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1 year ago
Could Rates Go Lower?
June 13, 2016
Revenue

Could Rates Go Lower?

Richard Croft

Could we see lower interest rates? On the surface it seems counterintuitive with North American rates near zero and a Federal Reserve on a track to normalization. But with some industrialized economies – notably Switzerland, Germany and Japan – issuing debt with negative rates, near zero is beginning to look like the best...

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1 year ago
Moving Beyond the Basics with the Covered Call Strategy
June 01, 2016
Neutral Outlook

Moving Beyond the Basics with the Covered Call Strategy

Alan Grigoletto

Once investors learn the basics of both buying and selling calls and puts, the next natural progression is learning how to use options in conjunction with long stock, ETF or Indices. The covered call is a widely used strategy that is appropriate for a neutral or slightly bullish forecast. It is simple in its essence, but like...

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1 year ago
ESP For Option Traders
May 31, 2016
Bullish Outlook

ESP For Option Traders

Richard Croft

A covered call strategy carries about 50% to 70% of the risk associated with a long equity position. We accept that thesis as a rule of thumb, but how does one square that position mathematically? The simple answer is to evaluate the downside protection accorded by the premium. We receive more money and, by extension, more...

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1 year ago
What is a Reasonable Rate of Return?
April 14, 2016
Revenue

What is a Reasonable Rate of Return?

Richard Croft

There has been a lot of debate lately about the expected long term performance of equity markets. It comes down to a simple question; what is a reasonable rate of return? To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the numbers; they are a changing! Ask most investors and they will tell you that double digit returns are possible, if not probable....

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1 year ago
Generating Income With a Limited Risk
March 24, 2016
Revenue

Generating Income With a Limited Risk

Jason Ayres

Selling or writing options can be a great way to generate cash flow as a compliment to a diversified investment approach. In general, the strategy involves selling a call or a put and getting paid to take on the obligation to either deliver or purchase the underlying shares at the strike price agreed upon. The objective of the...

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1 year ago