Stocktrades.ca wasn’t hashed out in an executive boardroom somewhere. Stocktrades.ca is a grassroots approach based on years of investment experience in the stock market and a passion for higher quality stock research. Two Canadians, Daniel Kent and Dylan Callaghan started Stocktrades.ca in 2014 from the ground up.
Our goal has always remained a constant....
Higher quality stock information that is readily available.
Over our collective 30 years of investing experience we all learned that this is the only way to maintain an edge when investing.
The information being digested needs to be legitimate, and it needs to be available right away.
Our Goal? To produce more self-directed investors.
Early on we became wary of paying banks, brokerages, and financial planner's fees to manage our investments as it can amount to an enormous cost over time.
This is why we are huge supporters of self-directed investment...
...and we can show you why.
Take a look at this graph below where we show the substantial difference a few percentiles can make over the life of an investment portfolio....
Our DIY portfolio earns 8% a year, our mutual fund portfolio earns 8% a year less our 2.35% fee, and our High Interest Savings Account earns 1.5%.
As you can see, the difference after 30 years between the DIY method and paying your bank to invest your money is two hundred and forty three thousand dollars!
If a person plans on having a $30,000 per year budget in retirement that difference equals 8 years worth of retirement lost.
SO- our mission was self-directed investment in order to maximize returns.
But... investment does come with its own unique set of obstacles...
- Due diligence is not a luxury when it comes to investing. It is a basic need. The markets move quickly these days, and with the excess of content online, most opportunities have come and gone before people even realize it.
Lack of Legitimate Stock Information Online
- Searching online for investment information we found a lack of impartiality, and too much spammy content skewed by the personal gain of writers and analysts with no regard for the integrity of their information. This creates a "digital fog" of sorts, and a massive time delay in being able to find quality stock information.
- Inflation is persistent. In order for us to maintain the purchasing power of our savings and investments later in life, the returns must at least keep up with inflation.
To the drawing board
We created Stocktrades.ca for ourselves first.
We wanted to streamline our investment research, so that is exactly what we did.
When we say this we mean we built the tools we have at Stocktrades.ca to overcome these problems listed above and improve our own investments.
Stocktrades.ca was created as a way for us to share these tools and information with others that are facing the same challenges as ourselves.
What we have become
What started out as a hobby has now become a staple in Daniel, Dylan, and Mathieu's lives. In a short span of only 4 years...
- We've grown Stocktrades.ca from 10 daily visitors to over 30,000 monthly readers.
- Built a newsletter list of over 7000 Canadians itching to find the next best stock.
How do we provide that? By bringing you the unbiased, educational and to the point investment news, strategies, and tips.
Those strategies, tips, and news have led us to mentions from the following:
Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned veteran, we've got something for everyone.
As we grow, we plan to bring much more to the table.
Ditch the large scale corporations and join a team of investors that truly care if you succeed. Don't believe us? Scroll down to Daniel's biography and shoot him an e-mail. In the four years he's been running Stocktrades.ca, he has never missed replying to an e-mail from a reader, no matter how simple or complicated the question may be.
Meet The Stocktrades.ca Team
co-founder - stock research - content production - Stocktrades.ca Premium Features member services
Dan is an active dividend and growth investor. When Dan started Stocktrades.ca the message was and still is - that anyone with dedication and determination can accomplish their goals even if they start out with little knowledge of the playing field, in this case being the global markets. Dan's articles have numerous mentions on the Globe & Mail, Forbes, Winnipeg Free Press, and other high authority financial websites. He has become an authority figure in the Canadian finance niche. This is primarily due to his attention to detail and overall dedication to achieving the highest returns on his investments. Investing on his own since he was 19 years old, Dan has compiled the experience and knowledge needed to be successful in the world of self-directed investing.
stock research - content production
Mathieu is an individual investor and has been investing part-time for the better part of the past 20 years. He is primarily interested in fundamental analysis, focusing on the long-term and his portfolio is composed primarily of dividend-paying equities. Mathieu has a moderate risk profile and also looks for growth and value. His passion for finance and the markets have led him to his MBA and writing for Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool, and Stocktrades.ca.
co-founder - marketing - continuous improvement
Dylan is actively involved in the promotion, web development, and content creation at Stocktrades.ca. Dylan has extensive experience in design and marketing working with other clients in the finance and retail niches. He has experience when it comes to self-directed investing, and has moved into the real estate market. As co-founder of Stocktrades.ca, Dylan's vision is aligned with Dan's in showing people that if they apply themselves they can succeed with investment. He believes that it is imperative that young people learn the ins-and-outs of finance and in order to hedge their bets against rising cost of living.
stock analyst - writer
Sagar currently works as a researcher in the booming fintech industry. He has been involved with investing since the year 2002, when he studied economics at the London School of Economics. He was primarily focused on investing based on economic indicators and long-term trends. This allowed him to maintain a position in the market while running his own businesses, and receiving his education. In 2014, he shifted his focus to small-cap investing and valuations. Recently, he also developed an interest in the crypto sphere. Finance related writing allows him to combine his passions for writing, strategic thinking, economics, and finance. He also holds a double master’s in finance and an MBA.