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A better way of identifying stocks that could be takeover candidates

Within a investment career spanning 40 years, I always had a great fascination with stocks trading under the net-net working capital worth popularized by investment legend Ben Graham. These are companies where the value of their current assets (primarily cash, accounts receivable and inventory) minus all liabilities is higher than the market capitalization for the whole company. It follows that in theory, you can liquidate the current assets at 100 cents on the dollar, pay off all of the obligations Read more [...]
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U.S. bull market notches another Name: third-strongest ever

The altitude in U.S. stocks this week added a new credential to the bull market: third-strongest ever.While the Samp;P 500 index's rally has stalled just shy of 2,500, it is sitting a hefty 269 percent higher than its March, 2009, nadir, surpassing the 266-per-cent advance notched throughout the 1949-56 bull market, data accumulated by Samp;P Dow Jones Indices and Bloomberg show.While the size of profits may overtake concern among investors that are currently on watch for a protracted pullback, Read more [...]
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Why investors should Think about a ‘do nothing’ strategy, a REIT to watch, and bond ETFs for diversification

The vast majority of asset classes -- government bonds, corporate bonds, developed world equities -- are at exceptionally expensive levels relative to background, indicating low prospective returns. At exactly the exact same time, we are also aware that trying to select market peaks in any extensive sector is a fool's game that nobody has been able to play successfully.This makes strategy hard. Investors are faced with two broad credible possibilities, the first of which is to simply stand pat Read more [...]
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Seven stocks to watch during the iPhone launch

When Apple Inc unveils new iPhones on Tuesday in its Apple Park "spaceship" campus, there can be important clues for the watchers of seven semiconductor stocks.Apple exerts a sun-like gravitational pull on the worldwide electronics supply chain, affecting the prices of commodities such as flash memory chips - it absorbs 18 percent of global distribution. The iPhone manufacturer can make or break small, specialty chip providers.The final tally of semiconductor winners and losers won't be known Read more [...]
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Hedge funds bet their bottom dollar … on the euro

Only twice before since the introduction of the euro has the tide of fast cash lifting the single currency and submerging the dollar been this strong.The question today is whether the present trend continues and the euro sails higher, as it did in 2007, or reverses, as it did in 2011. Up to now, the signs are that it could be the former.Figures from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) show that hedge funds and other speculators now hold the largest net long euro position since Read more [...]
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Ontario labour reforms nothing to fear, some small-business owners State

Many in the business community have condemned Ontario's vast package of proposed labor reforms -- which include increasing the minimum wage to $15 -- although not all companies agree that the outcome is bleak.Entrepreneurs who've seen their businesses prosper while paying above minimum wage and incorporating additional employee perks will share words of encouragement in a Sept. 12 conference in Toronto."Small-business possession is a massive battle, but for me personally it has not been due to Read more [...]
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Report on Small Business newsletter: Proposed tax changes spark Curiosity about alternative financial strategies

Proposed tax changes spark curiosity about alternative financial strategiesOttawa's suggestion to alter the tax structure for integrated businesses has a lot of owners looking at alternative approaches to shelter earnings for retirement and estate planning. Tax experts are fielding an increasing number of calls from small-business owners concerning the advantages and disadvantages of setting up vehicles like Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) and corporate-owned life-insurance policies.The questions Read more [...]
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The Globe’s Dogs and Stars for the week

TRIVAGO (DOG) (function(a)a.Hotline=a.Hotline)(this); That scruffy man in the Trivago advertising? He is likely not dancing now. Shares of this hotel-booking site took an express elevator to the ground floor following the German-based firm cut its estimate for 2017 earnings growth to 40 percent from previous guidance of 50 percent, citing softer ad spending by hotels and other travel businesses. With competition from rival sites heating up and Airbnb also cutting into hotel bookings, Read more [...]
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Sun Life expands emerging markets footprint with acquisition

Sun Life Financial Inc. is expanding its emerging markets footprint with the purchase of Excel Funds Management Inc..Sun Life's mutual fund division, Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc., announced late Thursday it'll be buying all the outstanding shares of both Excel Funds Management Inc. and Excel Investment Counsel Inc., including its recently launched $4-million ETF company.Excel funds, most well known among investors because of its emerging markets offerings, has roughly $700-million Read more [...]
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Report on Small Business newsletter: Proposed tax changes spark interest in alternative financial strategies

Proposed tax changes spark interest in alternative financial strategiesOttawa's proposal to change the tax structure for incorporated businesses has many owners looking at alternative ways to shelter earnings for retirement and estate planning. Tax experts are fielding a growing number of calls from small-business owners about the pros and cons of setting up vehicles such as Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) and corporate-owned life-insurance policies. The queries come as the Liberal government Read more [...]
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