Investment Strategy

The eurozone is in a mess and headed toward a recession next year. Spain may need to seek a bailout. Italy is not there yet, but it’s suffering. Greece needs to tighten up its belt and follow tough austerity measures or risk possible default. China is facing slower…

We saw a nice stock market bounce on Wednesday after the announcement of a concerted effort by numerous central banks around the world to help alleviate the stress of the European debt crisis. The gains are welcomed and will give you an opportunity to take some profits or…

Relative strength in the stock market is important these days, because there’s no real trend. While there are lots of standouts in the trading action, dividend paying stocks are showing real leadership, especially since the March 2009 low. You can see it in all sorts of names like…

In a stock market like this, finding upward price momentum is a real challenge. Normally, I’m not a big fan of the buy-high/try-to-sell-higher type of investment strategy, but I’ve learned over the years that, to be successful in any business venture, you have to do what works. And…

Diversification is the key to success in the stock market, especially given the current negative bias. Whether you buy or short, or add put and call options, the key is akin to being a good pitcher—mix them up and you increase your chances of success. The reality is…

My best investment advice to you is: don’t bet against China. Many have and many will continue to do so; but, as many of you know, I’m a long-term China bull. In spite of five interest rate hikes since October 2010 and a steady tightening of lending restrictions,…

Investor sentiment changes with the degree of action taken on the European sovereign debt issue. There’s a recurring theme taking place: investors get worried, stock markets go down, finance ministers in Europe take some new action, and investor sentiment improves. It’s a slow process that’s political and this…

Markets are continuing to edge higher after breaking above the previous chart tops, which is technically bullish. The DOW is 0.67% below its chart top, but I suspect this will be broken. The break above the previous chart high may be sustainable, but failure to hold could leave…

— "The Financial World According to Inya" Column, by Inya Ivkovic, MA This past year and a half has been trying, indeed. As far as most investors are concerned, things have gone well beyond any conceivable worse-case scenario. As a result, so much has to be re-thought and…

— by George Leong, B. Comm. The market reversal from bear to bull has occurred, but will the current rally be sustainable? This is a question that I have wondered about for quite some time, since the current rally first began in early March. With major market indices…

I know one industry that seems to be flourishing in the current economy and that's the education business. One company in particular stands out as a real winner in this industry, and has proven itself to be a successful enterprise and a successful stock market investment -- even…

Anyone watching or investing in solar energy stocks will notice that most of this group has recovered exceedingly well from the recent correction in the broader market. I still believe very strongly that any speculative equity investor has to have several invested positions in growing companies that belong…

No, I didn't lose all my marbles, I did say "war," only I wasn't thinking of the one fought in a real battlefield, but within the economic realm of a once prosperous Canadian province — Ontario. Last week, Ontario's Liberal Premier McGuinty threw down the gauntlet, first by…

Back in August, I wrote about a very exciting company in this column that's proven itself to be an excellent wealth creator. Still, this company continues to be undervalued in the marketplace, but at least it is now getting some attention from investors. Fushi International, Inc. (NASDAQ/FSIN) is…

One of my favorite companies is coming due for another two-for- one stock split. VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ/WOOF) has been a great performing stock. If you have the chance, pull up a five-year stock chart on this company and you'll discover how consistent a performer it's been. In…

Here is a story from my investment-adviser days. In our office, there was a young guy -- I'll call him Jason -- who participated in my former employer's developing investment advisor program. Jason's star rose sharply. Just a few months out of the program, everyone had been talking…

Yesterday, I had the Canadian dollar on the "menu." Let's talk this time about the Canadian bond yield curve. Why, you may ask? Simply, I find it very peculiar how in Canada, the economy is slowly but surely breaking the usual molds of economic theory. You see, yield…

Everyone knows that I like Huron Consulting Group Incorporated (NASDAQ/HURN), as I've written about this company a lot in this column. The stock just hit a new all-time high of over $70.00 per share; more than triple its value when the stock was first listed for trading. This…

The recent selloff in stocks should have made you think hard about how to protect your portfolio assets against major losses. Without a risk management strategy, you leave your assets vulnerable to losses and reduce your wealth potential. It is true that the markets have rebounded, but take…

One of my absolute favorite companies is VCA Antech (NASDAQ/WOOF). As part of my pet care investment theme, this mid-cap company remains a standout. It’s been a consistent wealth-creator over the last five years and I think it will continue to be an excellent holding going forward. The…