Questions of when to enter the market and in what to invest are at the forefront of Canadians’ minds. The current bull-run in equities simultaneously tantalizes and frustrates. Should you jump into the market now before it’s too late? Which stocks are worthy of your hard-earned investment dollars?
Periodically optimistic economic data from around the world buoy us—until subsequently dismal revisions appear to indicate the global recovery lacks traction. While Canada’s economic health seems to be slowly improving, the same can’t be said for Europe. And in the U.S., for every promising sign recovery is underway there is on the horizon a dark cloud of one kind or another.
What awaits national economies and small investors alike remains a mystery. Fortunately, the Investor 500, Canadian Business’ 50th annual ranking of stocks, can help you solve it.
For our flagship feature Canadian Business has enlisted momentum investing expert Norm Rothery to select the “Superstars of the I500.” Last year, Norm’s picks rose 16% so his 20 stocks are worthy of your close inspection. Check out the audio interview.
Our large-cap ranking is online, a sortable and searchable compendium of ranked companies and their essential fundamentals, with each stock rated out of five stars. As well, investment writer Bryan Borzykowski interviews fund managers and institutional investors on how they see the future shaping up and how they’re allocating their money. His market outlook gives you an excellent overview of the opportunities and hazards that await markets in the coming year.
And finally, because this is the 50th anniversary of the I500, managing editor Conan Tobias offers a history of all the great investment advice we’ve offered in the past.
Top picks from the pros
Brandon Snow: looking for value
When Cambridge Advisors’ Brandon Snow goes looking for companies to buy, he wants to see three things: a defensive business model, a history of capital allocation and a management team whose interests are aligned with those of shareholders.
Canada’s most profitable companies
Snapshot of Canada’s best companies
Although we still rely on resource companies, it’s financials that are the most profitable.