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Canadians are Investing More

in Nortel, Stats Canada

More Canadians are Investing

That is a good thing, I guess. Hopefully these people are not simply throwing their money around “Willy Nilly” and simply buying Mutual Funds or the like, my hope is they are reading blogs and doing research on where to put their money to get the type of investing experience that they need.


In 2006, the number of people reporting investment income was up 5.4% from 2005, while the income was up 16.3%. This gain in investment income in 2006 was more than double the 7.9% growth rate observed in 2005. (In comparisons involving dollar amounts, all figures for previous years have been adjusted for inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.)

Last year was a relatively Bull Market, so this is not very surprising, but still good to read as well.

Investment income
2006 2005 to 2006 2006 2005 to 2006 2006
Taxfilers reporting investment income Investment income Taxfilers reporting investment income
number % change $ thousands % change %
Canada 8,202,230 5.4 40,906,296 16.3 35
Newfoundland and Labrador 78,490 8.6 176,041 19.9 20
Prince Edward Island 30,350 6.7 97,580 10.9 30
Nova Scotia 189,260 4.8 936,088 9.9 28
New Brunswick 138,600 5.5 434,180 13.8 25
Quebec 1,804,550 4.2 7,920,612 11.8 31
Ontario 3,286,980 4.7 15,657,291 13.2 37
Manitoba 304,720 5.0 996,217 14.7 37
Saskatchewan 262,760 3.7 1,084,892 13.8 37
Alberta 888,860 9.0 6,902,315 27.6 37
British Columbia 1,205,110 6.6 6,642,858 21.2 40
Yukon 6,040 5.8 24,658 3.1 28
Northwest Territories 5,300 3.5 28,248 79.4 20
Nunavut 1,230 -9.6 5,316 32.9 8
Note: Due to rounding, components may not add up to totals.

Nortel in the Black?

Former High Tech darling Nortel announced relatively good numbers showing a profit in Q3, and relatively “solid” .


The Company reported net earnings in the third quarter of 2007 of $27 million, or $0.05 per common share on a diluted basis, compared to net loss of $63 million, or $0.14 per common share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2006 and a net loss of $37 million, or $0.07 per common share on a diluted basis, in the second quarter of 2007.

Am I saying maybe it’s time to invest in the former High Tech Powerhouse? No, that is your call, and you better have a strong stomach because previous history suggests this could easily be a “blip”.

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