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1. no many good site available for canadian stock commetary, you may want to try this one:
for market commentary, try www.investorlinks.com , www.cnnfn.com
2. if you have time and ability to do your own research, you don't need to buy mutual fund. mutual fund is actually a pool of stocks invested by professionals like portfolio manager. but they are not necessarily better than you. when the general market is down, mutual fund price down too.
3. max. foreign content is 30% of the book value. let's say you open an new account today and contribute $1000 dollars, this $1000 is the book value, your foreign content available is $300. everytime you buy and sell, your book value increase or decrease, then your foreign content portion will change accordingly. for example, you buy $300 microsoft which is foreign content, then $700 you put into CIBC shares which is domestic, a few month later, CIBC shares drops and you sell all shares to get back only $400, then at this moment your book value will be $300(microsoft) + $400 (CIBC) = $700, 30% of 700 will be $210, thus, you will have to contribute more money to maitain foreign content room or sell your microsoft shares to bring down foreign content, if you do nothing, you will have to pay penalty on the $80.
i used Action Direct a few years ago, i don't really like their service.
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