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We analyse selected Canadian and U.S. stocks and rate them on a scale from Strong Buy to Strong Sell. Our investment advice has an excellent track record which dates back to January 1, 2000. We pride ourselves on a level of honesty and transparency that is second to none.
Performance statistics are where the rubber hits the road in the investment advice business. On average, the stocks that we rated in the Buy range or higher have gained 12.7% per year over the past 18 years (through December 31, 2017) for a cumulative return of 758% (not counting dividends) since the start of the year 2000. 2017 was another strong year for our stock picks. Click to see which companies we had rated as Buys or Strong Buys at the start of 2017.
Model portfolios are one thing. Real world performance of an actual portfolio can be another thing.
The editor and owner of this investment site has achieved an average compound average return, on his own investments, of 13.5% per year since the start of the year 2000. That’s a total gain, on his initial start of year 2000 investments, of 884% as of December 31, 2017. This includes dividends and deducts trading costs.
The following shows the editor’s percentage return on his total investments each individual year starting in 1989. This chart is updated to December 31, 2017.
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We provide Buy / Sell ratings on selected Canadian and American Stocks based on fundamental analysis (in the best traditions of Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham) and we have an exceptionally good track record. We have the year-by-year and stock-by-stock data and the profits in our own investment account to back up our performance claims.
Despite two market crashes since the start of the 2000’s to the end of 2017, our Buy-or-higher-rated stocks have gained an average of 758% and the Editor’s personal portfolio has gained 884%. Meanwhile the Canadian TSX index rose just 92% from the start of the year 2000 through the end of 2016 and the S&P 500 index (despite recent sharp gains) rose by only 75% from the start of the year 2000 to the end of 2017.
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