Investor Tool Kit

May 15, 2020

When a stock market up trend finally comes to an end it tends to fool just about everybody. But there are certain signs that may tip you off and reward you for being on top of it.

Contrarian indicators are indicators that point to the timing of a trend change when the general viewpoint is in opposition. Some of these work at market peaks and others work well when the stock market bottoms out.

The stock mar...

May 3, 2020

Stock splits and reverse stock splits are common occurrences in the stock market. But realistically they don't mean anything. Here's why.

What is a stock split?

Let's look at what a stock split is using an example. In June 2014 Apple AAPL had a 7:1 stock split. If an investment account had 100 shares of AAPL prior to the split the value of the investment would have a market value of approximately $5,863....

April 3, 2020

The stock market is well known for extreme price swings and the Covid-19 bear market will go down as one of the biggest in history. But even with the beating some portfolios have taken investors can use a downtrend to lower the break even of stock holdings. Here's how.

Ideally, stocks could be sold as soon as a sell signal is detected. However, the reality is some investors will ride a stock down no matte...

April 11, 2019

Exchange traded funds or E.T.F.s are a great way to get an overview of the markets. They're also easier investment vehicles providing investors with potentially lower trade and corporate risk. Compare price performance in E.T.F.s to see which market is in favour. 

The E.T.F.'s below are commodity market investments. They may be used in any investment account including registered accounts such as T.F.S.A.s...

January 3, 2019

Many investors are familiar with the stop loss order but there is another stop order to consider. It's an order that can transform your portfolio management and make you a master of the markets. 

First let's define the stop order so we know what it's for. Stop is the term referring to a type of order that is effectively a strategy. he idea is you stop and execute an order when the market price moves to yo...

August 2, 2018

Technical analysis, balance sheets and income statements, research reports, CNBC and BNN and the latest news. For many, these are the ingredients for managing money in the stock market. But how does it all come together to find great stocks?

Looks like these are all good ingredients to building a portfolio in stocks, bonds, commodity and currency markets. But is it working? You'd think with the amount of...

June 25, 2018

Leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin has hit a new low plunging 70% in just six months. Unfortunately many eager investors have suffered big losses but there's good news. Here's how you could have predicted cryptocurrency markets were in a significant correction.

It's easy to say a market or security, like a stock, with a big long term gain would suffer a huge loss. But that's usually fear talking rather than t...

May 28, 2018

Companies that trade on the stock exchange have the persona they've hit the big leagues. But there are reasons why companies become publicly traded and they don't all work for naive investors.

Let's look at how the stock market functions so we have context for public vs. private markets. Think of a stock exchange as a shopping mall where all possibilities can be found in one place. It's organized and conv...

April 11, 2018

Ever get lost on a road trip because you thought you didn't need a map? Since then you undoubtedly get directions before you leave and probably take a map with you too. Well here's something; a map in the stock market works great too!

But what does a map in the stock market look like? Price charts are not only how you see the road the market has taken but they provide great insights on where it is going n...

April 7, 2018

The stock market is like a video game for many people providing them with great entertainment until they start losing, repeatedly. With a serious correction unfolding, how a portfolio is handled can make a difference that lasts for years. Here's something you can use to build your knowledge and skill to manage the unfolding of corrections in the stock market. 

The chart below is not your he...

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