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The Catalonia Effect

Years ago I walked the Camino De Santiago, a holy pilgrimage across Spain that dates back to the 9th century. Not being Catholic I’m sure that a number of religious aspects of my month-long trek were lost on me, but what I did take away was a cursory understanding of Spain’s curious political instability. Everywhere […]

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Watch Me Fight 40 Economists

The Liberal government of Ontario is intending to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, and 40 economists have penned an open letter to back this plan, and I couldn’t disagree more. Obviously I’m no economist and having recently finished Tom Nichols book “The Death of Expertise” I approach this subject with […]

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Vexed by the VIX

This past week a number of articles spilled forth regarding the VIX index being at record lows. If you aren’t familiar with the VIX, that’s quite okay; the VIX is an index that tracks the nervousness of investors. The lower the VIX is the more confident investors are. The higher the VIX, the greater the […]

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The Mortgage Monster & The Mountains of Madness

Some time ago I wrote that it really didn’t matter whether or not there was a housing bubble, because what we actually have is a debt bubble. Houses just happen to be where the debt is. At that time many people were sceptical about the likelihood of an actual bubble. It wasn’t that prices weren’t high, […]

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The Sentry Scandal & Unethical Sales Practices

For the past week I’ve been tinkering with a piece around the allegations that TD’s high pressure sales tactics had driven some staff to disregard the needs of their clients and encourage financial advisers in their employ to push for unsuitable products, and in some instances drove employees to break the law. My general point […]

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The Trump Effect

Over the weekend investors got a chance to read the fine print on the faustian bargain they had with President Donald Trump. Since Trump’s election night win, markets had jumped significantly. The promise of stimulus spending, tax cuts and a renewed focus on deregulation had given investors a “sugar rush”, and eclipsed the more basic […]

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2017 – The Year Ahead

Many of you won’t know this, but my father used to sky dive. He’d stopped by the time I was born (reportedly because my mom had a natural aversion to life threatening hobbies) but in many ways his hobby would be a reoccurring source of guidance for life lessons. For instance, whenever I was nervous about doing some […]

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Should You Invest In Marijuana?

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain Legal marijuana is undoubtedly having a moment. Since Colorado first paved the way in November of 2012 to legalize recreational cannabis, efforts to move the drug into the mainstream of society […]

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Mass Extinctions, Hedgehogs & Trump

Trump isn’t an ideal candidate, but his overwhelming victory deserves a more critical eye than decrying voters as racist and sexist bigots. So what could a Trump presidency really mean in a grander scheme?

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The Housing Bubble Jane Jacobs Built

When Jane Jacobs died in 2006, her Annex home sold for a reported $3,000,000. A lofty sum, but a fitting metaphor for the career of a woman so central to how we’ve come to understand cities and urban growth. Cities, almost everywhere, are under a crunch to meet the needs of growing populations and affordable […]

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