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Steve Auger has been trading stocks, commodities and options for over 25 years and runs the website http://www.stockmarketstudent.com. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1981 with a Bachelor of Applied Science, he has been employed most of his career working on space and... More
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  • Insurance For Your Portfolio

    With groundbreaking for new homes increasing by almost 10 percent seasonally-adjusted in June and permits for future home construction increasing by 7.4 percent, companies involved with property insurance are sure to reap the benefits.

    Selecting the best insurance companies is a simple task given the right tools. Subscribers to Portfolio123 have access to a (powerful) fundamental stock screener with backtest capability, and will be used in this article to find three choice stocks to invest in. After a small amount of research I decided that the stock search would focus on property and casualty insurance, an industry that should be the beneficiary of rising interest rates.

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    Jul 28 12:49 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Profit With Tanker Stocks While Energy 'Tanks'

    While energy stocks are plummeting to new lows, an investment opportunity is brewing in the crude oil tanker industry. Countries such as China are importing massive quantities of the commodity and then storing it for future use. This in turn results in higher freight costs and potential profits in crude oil tanker stocks.

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    Jul 24 9:26 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Best Smart Beta ETFs For Q3 2015

    There is no doubt that ETFs are fast becoming the investment vehicle of choice. They boast many of the advantages of mutual funds, but with the 'look and feel' of stocks, and unlike mutual funds they can be traded on stock exchanges at any time with relatively low slippage and commission.

    Passive ETFs, such as SPY, IWM, and GLD, track an index, resulting in very low management fees, sometimes as low as 0.05% per annum. Mutual funds, on the other hand, can have fees on the order of 2-3% plus other hidden fees. Passive ETFs have earned a reputation for outperforming actively managed funds but there is one criticism: they can suffer huge drawdowns in bear markets due to lack of active oversight.

    Now there is a new breed of ETFs called "Smart Beta". This article takes a look at some new smart beta ETFs that could potentially outperform this year.

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    Jul 22 1:26 PM | Link | Comment!
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