Q: Hello. Thanks for all the great advice over these many years. I am interested in packaging company WestRock. What are your thoughts? Thanks again.

A: WestRock, $65.45, symbol WRK on New York (Shares outstanding: 254.8 million; Market cap: $16.6 billion; www.westrock.com), is a leading provider of packaging materials and systems. It operates through about 302 locations across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

WestRock was formed by the July… Read More

10 secrets of investing in junior mining stocks

10 secrets of investing in junior mining stocks

Junior mining stocks are highly speculative, but here are 10 secrets that will help you successfully invest in them.
In mining exploration, an “anomaly” is a geological formation or find that might attract a prospector’s interest. However, one rule of thumb for mining stocks is that… Read More

How to profit from graphite mining

How to profit from graphite mining

Graphite mining stocks could show strong returns if demand for graphite keeps expanding.
Graphite mining is one speculative way for investors to diversify their mining portfolios.

Many investors are interested in graphite because it is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. But it has… Read More

Currency hedging comes at a cost

Currency hedging comes at a cost

Recent gains by the Canadian dollar have a number of investors looking at hedged ETFs. But the extra costs limit their appeal.
If you want to buy U.S. stocks and hedge against currency movements, you could buy a hedged ETF.

Hedged ETFs are ETFs sold in Canada… Read More

Here are the key characteristics of good companies to invest in

Here are the key characteristics of good companies to invest in

Good companies to invest in share a number of key characteristics
High-quality blue chip companies are good companies to invest in. Blue chip companies are typically defined as firms whose stocks have a national reputation for quality, reliability and the ability to operate profitably in good… Read More

Natural Gas Stocks Are Volatile But Can Have Long-Term Value

Natural Gas Stocks Are Volatile But Can Have Long-Term Value

There are seven main reasons for the volatility of natural gas stocks. However, even with this volatility, there are some ways that investing in natural gas can lead you to long-term gains from a sector that is often considered a hedge against inflation
Successful energy stocks… Read More

Pendulum theory: An imperfect way of understanding the stock market

Pendulum theory: An imperfect way of understanding the stock market

The “pendulum theory” grew out of Sir Isaac Newton’s 17th-century studies of gravity and physics, particularly his second law of motion. Yet the theory turns up in discussions of all sorts of non-mechanical topics. This includes investors’ efforts at understanding the stock market.

You could sum… Read More

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

The best Canadian funds are ETFs or specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index.
Canadian index funds are among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades.

The best Canadian funds do show better long-run performance… Read More

Two ETFs offer low-fee access to global markets

Two ETFs offer low-fee access to global markets

Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Group administers about $5 trillion U.S. in assets spread across 370 mutual funds and ETFs. Canadians can buy Vanguard exchange-traded funds listed on stock exchanges.

ETFs can play an important role in portfolio diversification. Vanguard can help supply that diversification with these two… Read More