Part of being a good contrarian investor is constantly looking beyond your investment “comfort zone” and trying to find less-followed opportunities… [and the Canadian stock market represents just such an] opportunity. Here’s why. Words: 465
So says Tom Essaye (www.moneyandmarkets.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*.
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Essaye goes on to say, in part:
Canada has often been overshadowed by its much larger neighbor, the United States, yet things in the land to our north have quietly been picking up. Let me give you three reasons why …
#1 — Strong banks
Canadian banks are some of the best run and well capitalized in the whole world. The banking crisis that hit the U.S. and just recently Europe never hit the Canadian banks! So from a safety standpoint, Canada is one of the best investment destinations in the world.
#2 — Strengthening economy
From an economic growth perspective, the Canadian economy has recently been showing signs of strength — as evidenced by the fact that just two weeks ago, at the Bank of Canada interest rate decision meeting, Governor Mark Carney said that the Canadian economy is doing better than expected, so good in fact that the Bank of Canada (BOC) may have to become the first major central bank to begin raising interest rates later this year. That screams bullish opportunity for the contrarian investor!
#3 — Abundant resources
Much of Canada’s economy is focused on natural resource demand and, with oil, gold, and silver prices all solidly positive for the year, and economic demand inching higher in the U.S., there are bullish prospects for the Canadian economy. They have even increased trade relations with China this year [Read: Chinese Trade Agreement Bullish for Canadian Mining & Energy Companies – Here’s Why], opening up a potentially huge market for energy, uranium and base metal export.
With all this bullishness, you’d think the Canadian stock market would be soaring year-to-date but as you can see in the chart below, it’s quite the opposite …
As of the end of April, the Canadian market was up less than 4 percent, not even half of the U.S. markets performance….I think this weakness in the Canadian market presents an opportunity!
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One way to take advantage of this opportunity in Canada is through the iShares MSCI Canada Index ETF (EWC). This exchange traded fund gives you broad, diversified exposure to some of the largest Canadian companies on the market.
Remember, being a contrarian investor requires that you always keep one eye on what the market is focused on, and one eye on areas the market is ignoring. That’s a virtual sure-fire strategy to get you ahead of the crowd and positioned for big potential opportunities.
*http://www.moneyandmarkets.com/attention-contrarian-investors-canada%e2%80%99s-screaming-opportunity-49569 (To access the articles please copy the URL and paste it into your browser.)
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