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Top Stock Picks for 2012

On 12/15/2011, in Equities, Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Everyone wants to know the best stocks to invest in for 2012.

I know I do.

So what are the top stock picks for next year?

I am just a single person tooling away in the tundra of Western Canada, so who am I to choose.

Instead, I shall bring you the absolutely best 10 stocks for 2012 courtesy of the professionals who do this for a living. As such, these 10 must be the top performing picks over the next 12 months.

No thanks needed. I am just trying to help you succeed in wealth creation. 

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Behavioural Finance and Stock Trends

On 08/23/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

I find behavioural finance very interesting as it relates to personal investing.

Behavioural finance looks at human emotion and psychology to try and explain investment decisions and financial trends.

It is an area I will explore more later this year.

For today, a few quick thoughts triggered by an article I read on the weekend. 

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Risk-Averse Young Investors

On 02/18/2011, in Uncategorized, by Jordan Wilson

Just watched an excellent little video.

Excellent for two reasons.

One, it agreed with some of my recent comments on asset allocations.

Two, I have better hair than the Bank of America representative. A rare feat these days.

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Asset Allocation: Common Shares

On 02/09/2011, in Asset Allocation, by Jordan Wilson

The final core asset class is common shares.

Yes, I know the final class is equities, but I consider preferred shares to be more fixed income in nature.

We can also use percentage allocations for these equities.

Once again, the right allocation is determined by your own comprehensive investor profile. Keys include your current financial situation, phase in the life cycle, and risk tolerance.

Here are a few thoughts from my side.

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Risk-Return in Asset Subclasses

On 01/31/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Asset classes have general risk-return characteristics.

Cash is low risk, low return. Fixed income is riskier and has higher returns than cash. Common shares have the highest risk and expected return of the core asst classes.

But you need to exercise care when selecting investments within a specific asset class. There can be significant fluctuations in risk-return profiles between investment options in each class.

We will look at a few examples today.

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Acceptable and Unacceptable Assets

On 01/29/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Once you have completed your investor profile, the next step is to determine acceptable investment options.

What asset classes and sub-classes to include in or exclude from your investment universe.

Your unique profile and risk tolerance should determine which assets to invest in.

Today I will offer a few thoughts on things you might consider.  

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Exchange Traded Funds

On 11/10/2010, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Another popular way to passively invest is through exchange traded funds.

Today we will discuss exchange traded funds and how they differ from similar investments.

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Ways to Acquire Shares

On 08/09/2010, in Equities, by Jordan Wilson

Most investors trade in shares of individual companies.

The main method for small investors (i.e. you and me) is to buy and sell shares on the open market through the use of a brokerage account.

However, you can invest in public companies using other means as well.

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Characteristics of Common Shares

On 08/05/2010, in Equities, by Jordan Wilson

Many investors will go their entire lives without purchasing individual bonds, preferred shares, or even cash equivalents. Instead, they will utilize funds for these asset classes.

Most, if not all investors though, will buy and sell common shares of individual companies.

I am not sure that buying individual stocks is the best investment strategy, but almost all of you will trade specific stocks during your life.

So we will spend some time reviewing common stock.

Today we will look at a few key characteristics of common shares.

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