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Songs by or about cash – Episode 2: The Gambler

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Six Lessons for Investors from The Gambler One of the most famous songs by or about cash is Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’.  While the origins of the song may have been meant for playing card games, such as poker, the lyrics contain insights that apply equally well to speculators of all types including investors and traders alike. In this song, …

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Trader Tools Review: Tickerscores – Redrawing The Map On Junior Mining Research

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For do-it-yourself investors, it certainly feels like slim pickings when looking for tools to help do fundamental research on junior precious metal mining and exploration sector stocks.  Of the research tools and websites that do exist, many are based on technical indicators, ‘black box’ systems or only offer coverage on larger, better-known companies.  More often than not, newsletter writers and …

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Songs by or about Cash: Episode 1 – (Ghost) Riders in the Sky

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If you wanna save your soul from hell, or ridin’ on our range Then cowboy, change your ways today, or with us you will ride Tryin’ to catch the devil’s herd Across these endless skies… With US stock market indices riding red hot through to new highs, many market observers cannot believe their eyes. The timing, however, couldn’t be better …

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Commission-Free ETFs at Canadian Discount Brokerages: A Clever Lure or a Good Deal for Investors? Part 2

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In part one of this series, we looked at which Canadian discount brokerages are currently offering commission-free ETFs as well as why commission-free ETF trading has started to become so popular. In part 2 of this series, we take a closer look at the types of commission-free offers available and provide some tips for investors who might be considering commission-free …

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Commission-Free ETFs at Canadian Discount Brokerages: A Clever Lure or a Good Deal for Investors? Part 1

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Every day increasing numbers of self-directed investors are either turning to exchange traded funds (ETFs) to meet their investing goals or are learning more about how ETFs could help lower their investing costs.   Given the interest in these products by self-directed investors and the commission costs that are associated with buying and selling ETFs, Canadian discount brokerages have not only …

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Special Series: Dalbar Canada’s Direct Brokerage Service Award – Part 2

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In part 1 of this series, we took a brief look at how self-directed investors typically access information about discount brokerage customer service and introduced Dalbar Canada’s research in this area.  Specifically, Dalbar’s Direct Brokerage Sales Effectiveness (DBSE) program measures the performance of client service teams at discount brokerages. In this part of our series, we take a closer look …

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Caution, Cunning and Competition: Three Investing Lessons from Game of Thrones

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Set against the backdrop of epic conquests, bloodthirsty barbarians and Machiavellian-style manipulation, Game of Thrones is capturing imaginations across the globe. At times the investing world seems a lot like the savage and cruel arenas characters from the story find themselves in.  Even though the story takes place in a mythical land, it focuses on a very familiar theme for …

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Special Series: Dalbar Canada’s Direct Brokerage Service Award – Part 1

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When searching for the right discount brokerage, a lot of information can be obtained online about the pricing of discount brokerage accounts, commissions and services.  Some features, such as customer service, require more work to learn about. After knowing what it costs to be a client of a discount brokerage many self-directed investors value knowing what they can expect by …

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