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Helpful Tips for Land Investment in Canada

One of the assets, which has managed to keep its value despite overall economical downturn, is land in Canada.  This is one of the reasons why investors are showing keen interest in purchasing land in Canada.  Their primary aim is to take advantage of escalation of price in future and earn profits.  Secondly Canadian land is bestowed with natural beauty which also attractors many land buyers.

The types of land available in Canada differ substantially depending on region, climate, terrain, infrastructure facilities and other amenities. This helps investors to find suitable land which can fulfill the requirements of different types of projects they have in mind.  This can include land for property development, agriculture, industries and even totally untouched wild terrain.  Land is also available in lakesides, hills and other scenic places which can be developed for residential and tourism purposes. Land in Ontario has always been highly regarded as the best investment, recently Land for Sale in Ontario has slowed down

The region or the type of land to be purchased would depend on the how the investor is planning to profit from it.  There are some investors who prefer to buy raw land and develop it for reselling for residential or commercial purposes.  There is other who prefers to invest in already developed land which has basic infrastructure facilities so that they can profit from the increase in prices. Before purchasing land, the investor needs to take time to research on the future prospects to ensure   adequate return for their investment.

Since there are a large number of professional developers who are searching for a profitable piece of Northern Ontario land, a common investor should always be on the lookout for a good buying opportunity.  He should also avoid taking undue time for reaching a decision on a land purchase, before it is grabbed by the professional developers. Rural areas lying adjacent to towns as well as sub-urban areas are on the focus of large real estate dealers and developers, whose basic strategy is to develop the land for various uses, provide basic amenities and make a profit when reselling it.

Land dealings are often fraught with risks but these can be minimized by proper planning.  The land may have some defects hidden from the normal sight and there may be zoning and other governmental hurdles for developing it.  As compared to individual purchases and land banking investment, it would be prudent to invest in a land development investment, where the land would be owned by a Company.  This way, the dealings would be made by professionals and experts in the field who would be able to get the necessary permits.  Also the risk, if any, would be shared by other investors in the company.


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Toronto Stock Exchange on a 3 Year High

For the second straight day Canadian stocks continued their gains to end up with a one-month high, mainly led by resource shares. There were impressive gains by the Toronto stocks following a long holiday weekend, with the easing of concerns over the euro zone. It looks like Greece has made some progress with its debt bailout plan. It was also expected that in order to relieve pressure from Italy and Spain the European Central Bank will purchase bonds.

Officials from the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and the European Commission completed their visit to Greece and felt that the country is making progress in finding cuts in budget required to carry on its bailout plans. However, the team warned that much more work has to be done still.

On Tuesday the S&P/TSX Composite Index closed at 11,863.50, up by 1.72 percent or 200.91 points. It touched an intraday low of 11,666.18 and high of 11,874.66.

There was a jump of 4.56 percent in the Metals & Mining Index, piloted by Teck Resources Limited that was up 5.55 percent and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Higher by 5.43 percent and Lundin Mining Corp. added 1.82 percent.

There was a gain of 0.97 percent in the Financial Index with 1.45 percent increase in Bank of Nova Scotia, 0.47 percent in Royal Bank of Canada, 2.60 percent in Manulife Financial Corp and a gain of 0.56 percent for Toronto-Dominion Bank.

There was a surge of 2.94 percent in the Energy Index with the U.S. crude oil futures gaining 1.6 percent or $1.21 to close at $93.67 per barrel for September delivery on the NYMEX.

In the energy stocks, Talisman Energy Inc. gained 1.35 percent, Canadian Natural Resources Limited went up by 7.33, Suncor Energy Inc. surged 1.90 percent, Husky Energy Inc. increased by 2.24 percent and Encana Corp. ended 4.15 percent higher.

There was a gain of 2.90 percent in the Global Gold Index, even with the December gold futures fell by 0.2 percent or $3.40 to close at $1,612.80 per ounce on the NYMEX. There was an advance of 2.89 percent in the Capped Materials Index.

In the gold stocks, Barrick Gold Corp. gained 3.44 percent, Kinross Gold Corp. went up by 1.16 percent, while Eldorado Gold Corp. saw an increase of 5.51 percent and Yamana Gold Inc. was higher by 1.49 percent.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. Fertilizer manufacturer went up 0.05 percent.

Bombardier Inc. transportation systems manufacturer surged 3.90 percent and Research In Motion Limited, the Blackberry maker moved up by 4.87 percent.

Gran Tierra Energy Inc. the global energy enterprise was up by 5.22 percent even after showing a second-quarter profit of only $0.05 per share or $13.1 million down from $0.11 or $31.6 million a share last year.

CAE, Inc. the aviation-training and simulation products supplier moved up by 0.40 percent after reporting sale of C$42 million or 3 full flight simulators to Air China Ltd.

Telus Corp. the telecommunications corporation showed a minor growth in their second quarter profit of C$1.00 a share or C$328 million as against C$0.98 a share or C$324 million in the previous year quarter. It is expected by the analysts that for the quarter the company will show earnings of C$1.01 a share. Telus Corp. also increased its 2012 revenue guidance from the previous range of C$10.70 billion to C$11.00 billion to between C$10.75 billion and C$11.05 billion resulting in the stock gaining more than 2 percent.

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History of the Toronto Exchange

A great deal of the capital during the early growth in Canada was raised from the London market, till the middle of 1800. There were public shares of big enterprises of that time like the Hudson’s Bay Company in Great Britain. However after the mid 1800s, with the increase in the availability of financial instruments like mining stocks and railway bonds, there was an augment in the number of financial brokers. The formation of TSX or the Toronto Stock Exchange is traced to July 26, 1852. A group of businessmen in Toronto got together with the objective to form a brokers association. Here we have mentioned how this exchange transformed into the biggest Canadian stock exchange and the 7th biggest in the world as of 2008.

The Early Period 

Even though we can trace the TSX back to 1852, it is difficult to find records of any of the trading believed to have been done then. In fact TSX was really started in 1861 October when 24 businessmen gathered at the Toronto’s Masonic Hall passed a resolution with the aim of setting up a structure to assist in financial instruments exchange. There were just 18 securities, mostly from the real estate and banks that were listed in those days. There was limited trading with half-hour sessions daily during which just a few transactions were made. Initially membership cost $5, but this has increased to $250 per seat by 1871.  At this time there were 14 member companies in TSX. The exchange was officially incorporated in 1878 by the Act of the Ontario Legislature and was the second authorized Canadian stock exchange after the Montreal Exchange.

2001 till Present 

The TSX acquired the Canadian Venture Exchange in 2001 and was called TSX Venture Exchange later. Standard & Poor’s took over TSX 300 Composite Index management in 2002, and renamed it S&P/TSX Composite Index. Later in April of the same year, the Toronto Stock Exchange was again named TSX.  For the first time in 2005 the total value of trade on the TSX was more than $1 trillion for the year and later in 2007, Montreal Exchange and the TSX Group made an agreement to merge and form the TMX Group. This business partnership of the two companies was completed in 2008, with the name change of the TSX Group as TMX Group

There are over 4,000 listed companies in the TMX Group and in terms of public listed companies it ranks second in the world in August 2008. The exchange raised C$58.8 billion via 465 financings and was world’s no.7 in 2007 for raising equity capital. The TMX no doubt is among the liveliest world markets for energy and mining instruments and the leading amount of listed mining enterprises were seen here in 2008. 35% of the sum of equity capital raised for mining corporations around the world were TSX and TSX Venture issuers in 2007.

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