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Keysight Buys Eggplant From Carlyle In $330 Million Deal

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (KEYS) on Thursday announced that it has acquired software test automation provider Eggplant from private equity firm Carlyle Group, in a deal valued at $330 million. The combination of software testing company Keysight and Eggplant brings together two complementary companies in the automated software testing market at a time when more than ever, […]

Redefining Fixed Income | CFA Institute Enterprising Investor

The golden age of fixed income is over. The days when investors could rely on traditional bonds as safe, income-producing securities that hedge equity risk and deliver returns that keep pace with inflation are finished. While it may not have felt like it, long-term investors had it pretty easy over the last 90-plus years. A […]

Where to buy real estate in 2020: Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast, B.C.

ClickTap column headings to re-rank cities. ClickTap on any city name to learn more about it. Search by city or province to filter results. Rank Area Province Neighbourhood Area average price 2019 Value Momentum Average price vs. area […]

Shareholder Activism in Japan | CFA Institute Enterprising Investor

Shareholder activism has been on the rise in Japan. Will the trend continue in the post–COVID-19 world? Shareholder activism in Japan rewards shareholders with positive abnormal returns, at least in the short run. That’s according to a new study we conducted at the Monash Centre for Financial Studies. This finding suggests that by actively engaging […]

Ad Spend to Fuel Roku Stock in 2021; 5-Star Analyst Says ‘Buy’

COVID-19 has brought several trends to the fore that were already at play before the pandemic struck. Needham analyst Laura Martin believes one of them is good news for OTT leader Roku (ROKU). “We believe that COVID-19 will accelerate ad spending shifts toward Connected TV (away from linear TV) as consumer spending and economic growth return,” the […]

Should you buy back pension service from your employer?

Photo by LinkedIn Sales Navigator on Unsplash While defined benefit (DB) pensions are the Cadillac of retirement plans, they also entail a unique set of decisions. Buybacks are one of them. There are a few ways to build up the value of your DB pension: by working to accumulate years of “pensionable service,” of course; […]

Shopify Teams Up With Blackberry On Canadian Covid-19 App

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed that the government has been working with Canadian tech giants Shopify (SHOP) and BlackBerry (BB) on a contact-tracing Covid-19 app to be launched early July. “It will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective […]

Visa vs. Mastercard: What are the differences (and do they really matter)?

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash A frequent question we hear at MoneySense is: Which is better—Visa or Mastercard? When looking for a credit card, there are all sorts of things to consider. What is the interest rate? Can you collect rewards points or get cash back for making purchases? Is there a bonus for […]

Premium Valuations of MNC Companies in India: A Historical Analysis

Shares of multinational companies in India, often called MNC stocks, enjoy premium valuations relative to their Indian peers. Investors attribute this premium to a host of factors: MNCs’ superior growth profiles are due to their proprietary technology, brands, intellectual property, management, or other intangibles. Better corporate governance and financial reporting standards lead to lower, or […]

Annie Duke and Morgan Housel: Three Tools for Navigating Risk and Uncertainty

What do the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting market volatility have to teach us about risk, uncertainty, and investment decision making? Annie Duke and Morgan Housel explored this question in depth in a conversation at the 73rd CFA Institute Annual Virtual Conference last month that yielded a three-step rubric to help investors navigate the tumult. […]

This 5-Star Analyst Is Bullish on AMD’s Strong Roadmap

The last five years have been one unstoppable ride to the summit for chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Simultaneously closing the gap between its traditionally bigger rivals, Intel and Nvidia, and itself, the CPU/GPU maker is now most definitely a force to be reckoned with. Following an investor call with the company, Nomura analyst David Wong sees […]

4 ways to pay less capital gains tax when passing on the cottage

Photo by Amanda Sixsmith on Unsplash You can’t spend an afternoon paddling rivers or jumping off a dock without wondering where we, as Canadians, would be without cottage life. Yet, the joy of living a bit rough—with the bugs, the loons and everything in between—can, unfortunately, become a source of stress as aging parents start […]