Dividend stock ideas, TD brokerage revamp and Fortis vs. Emera: What you need to know in investing this week


Looking for investing ideas? Here’s your weekly digest of the Globe’s latest insights and analysis from the pros, stock tips, portfolio strategies plus what investors need to know for the week ahead.

• Three dividend-paying stocks with momentum on their side

• TD to revamp discount brokerage firm

• Utility stock challenge: Fortis vs. Emera

• Fidelity to launch six ETFs in Canada that target dividend investors

• Three Canadian stocks to buy amid emerging market downturn

• What investors need to know for the week ahead

• Looking for more investing ideas and opinions?

Buying great companies that have dropped in price is a proven investment strategy, John Heinzl writes. But there’s another strategy that has also produced solid results: Buying stocks with strong price momentum. The idea – supported by academic research – is that stocks that have performed well in the past will, more often than not, continue to do well in the future. Here’s a look at three dividend-paying stocks that have momentum on their side.

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Toronto-Dominion Bank is partnering with a U.S. fintech startup to revamp its online discount brokerage and launch a robo-advisory service that will house its own exchange-traded funds. The bank has signed a licensing agreement with New York-based Hydrogen Technology that will allow TD to use Hydrogen’s proprietary technology to enhance TD WebBroker for do-it-yourself investors, Clare O’Hara writes.

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A rising-rate world is a desert for utility stocks, but let’s say you take the long view and value their consistent dividend growth, Rob Carrick writes. Two stalwarts in the utility sector are Emera Inc. and Fortis Corp. – which one looks like the better investment right now? A recent analysis by IncomeResearch.ca may help in your research about which is most suitable for your own portfolio.

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Fidelity Investments Canada, one of the last major mutual fund companies yet to join the Canadian exchange-traded funds industry, is set to begin trading Tuesday six ETFs for income-seeking investors, offering a suite of dividend factor-based funds on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Clare O’Hara writes. Also known as smart beta or quantitative investing, factor-based funds follow an index but have portfolio managers who can change mandates or investment strategies when needed. The dividend funds track Fidelity’s in-house rules-based indexes and focus on three things: payout ratio, dividend growth and dividend yield.

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Emerging markets are in turmoil, and Canadian stocks have been caught in the downturn. But there’s a buying opportunity here for investors who want exposure to a rebound but don’t like the idea of betting on Turkey and Argentina, David Berman writes. Three Canadian companies stand out for their involvement in emerging markets: Bank of Nova Scotia, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP and Hudbay Minerals Inc. All three stocks have tumbled this year. When emerging markets recover, these domestic stocks should regain their former glory.

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Economic data coming this week include: Canada’s existing home sales and MLS Home Price Index for August on Monday; U.S. housing starts and building permits for August on Wednesday; U.S. existing home sales for August on Thursday; Canadian inflation figures for August and retail sales numbers for July on Friday. Companies reporting earnings this week include FedEX, General Mills and 48North Cannabis.

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Lessons for the next financial downturn, courtesy of 2008

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Investment industry stunned as Ontario opposes proposed ban on mutual fund early-withdrawal fees

Rob Carrick: Ontario’s Ford government is shamefully backing the investment industry over investors

Gordon Pape: This 5.7% yielding stock provides reliable income – but limited growth potential

Two executives sold over $7-million worth of this ‘Big 5’ bank stock

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