Between the ongoing effects of the pandemic, extreme weather phenomena and unpredictable economic turns, 2021 was full of monumental events with global repercussions.
Every time we looked at the news or the markets, we were reminded of just how significantly something happening on the other side of the world could affect us at home. (Remember how one container ship stuck in the Suez Canal for a week caused shipping delays around the world?)
Throughout the year, our readers sought out information that offered a guide through all this new financial territory – from NFTs to investing in social media darlings like GameStop to the unusual state of the bond market – and more.
Here’s our list of the most popular stories of 2021, as measured by total unique page views, according to you.
1. How Investment Income Is Taxed in Canada
Was 2021 an especially lucrative year for your investments? The majority of our readers wanted to find out how investment income is taxed in Canada, and how much they’d owe on their earnings. READ THE ARTICLE
2. How Wealthsimple, Robinhood and Other “Free” Online Brokers Make Money
Zero-commission stock trading apps exploded in 2021, leaving many investors wondering how Wealthsimple, Questrade and Robinhood and other so-called free brokerage firms make money. We have the answer. (Hint: nothing in life is free). READ THE ARTICLE
3. Do Stock Buybacks Create Value? Who Benefits When Companies Buy Back Their Own Shares?
After all but vanishing last year, stock buybacks surged again in 2021 and may continue into 2022. Readers wondered: Are stock buybacks good or bad? What are the consequences of a stock buyback? READ THE ARTICLE
4. Are Bonds a Good Investment in 2021?
Historically low interest rates meant 2021 was an unusual year for the bond market. Our readers wanted to know whether bonds were still a good investment for them this year, or how your portfolio might be affected. READ THE ARTICLE
5. 5 Easy Ways to Diversify Your Portfolio in 2022
When it comes to financial planning, it pays to think ahead. 2020 proved how important a diverse portfolio can be in the face of market uncertainty. Our clever readers were already looking for ways to diversify their portfolios next year. READ THE ARTICLE
6. Determining Your Asset Allocation Strategy
Speaking of diversifying your portfolio… how do you know if you are investing too much (or too little) in a single asset class? That’s where asset allocation comes into play. Here’s how you can change your asset allocation strategy to fit your needs. READ THE ARTICLE
7. 5 Stages of a Financial Bubble
From trendy cryptocurrencies to the red-hot housing market, in 2021, the word “bubble” was on the tips of economists’ tongues. How do you know if you’re in a bubble? Spot the warning signs. READ THE ARTICLE
8. Understanding Mutual Fees and Hidden Costs
All investments have costs – but nobody likes to be surprised with an unexpectedly large bill. Here are some common costs and fees associated with investing you should know about. READ THE ARTICLE
9. What is ESG Investing? Your Guide to Sustainable Stocks
Sustainability was a huge buzzword in 2021, and our portfolios were in the mix. As interest in ethical investing continues to grow, we looked into how ESG investing works and how ESG investments are being treated around the world. READ THE ARTICLE
10. NFT Investing: What You Need to Know
NFTs exploded in 2021, with dozens of headline-grabbing, multimillion-dollar transactions reminiscent of some kind of digital gold rush. How exactly do non-fungible tokens work? Are they a good investment opportunity? READ THE ARTICLE