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Crimean Crisis Reminds Everybody Why Investing is a Long Game

You might have been forgiven if you hadn’t been paying close attention to the Ukrainian Revolution two months ago when it was a long and violent standoff between the Ukrainian government and its people. Kiev square looked like a war zone and reports, while increasingly dire, were not necessarily front page news. But since the […]

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Bitcoin looses $500M, 21st century turns out to be terrifying

Last week I made mention of the disappearance of Mt.Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin Exchange. On that day it seemed that nobody knew what had happened, except that it had simply disappeared. When it did reappear it had been the apparent victim of a cyber attack that ultimately resulted in the theft of 740,000 bitcoins, […]

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Bitcoin’s Future Still Far From Assured

Back in December I wrote about How Bitcoin Might Not Survive. This video from the Financial Times sheds a little more light on the uncertain nature of Bitcoin and its future. If you want to know more about what Bitcoin is and why this mysterious internet currency keeps showing up in ┬áthe news you can […]

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Looking for Dark Clouds Amidst Silver Linings

This year got off to a rocky start. As of writing this post, the S&P 500 is down over -2% year-to-date (YTD), while other global markets have been similarly affected. The MSCI Global Index is down nearly -1%, the MSCI Emerging Markets index is also down -4.5%, as is the FTSE 100 (UK, -1.3%) and […]

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Canadians Losing the Battle to Save For Retirement

People sometimes ask why I seem to be so focused on housing and its costs as a financial advisor, and I think the answer is best summed up declining rates of RRSP contributions. Currently many Canadians seem to be opting out of making a RRSP contribution this year, with both Scotiabank and BMO conducting separate […]

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Jack Sparrow and the Pirate Stock Exchange

In case you missed it 2013 seemed to mark the end of Somali piracy. If you can cast your mind back to 2011, piracy off the coast of Africa seemed to be the next big problem. In fact 2011 marked the peak of Somali piracy with 237 separate attacks. In contrast 2013 saw only 15 […]

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More Proof that “The Facebook” is Probably Terrible for Investors

I have been previously quite critical of the excitement around IPOs and Social Media. My major complaint is that most social media doesn’t make any money, but receive incredible valuations under the assumption that they might make money someday. The reason for this is that two companies have made money this way, notably Facebook and […]

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The Debt Ceiling Is Pointless

It would seem that the Republicans in the United States have been largely de-fanged when it comes to using the debt ceiling as a political lever. Yesterday Republicans agreed to a ‘clean’ debt ceiling vote, meaning that there were no poison pills for Democrats to swallow, and that political fighting and decisions would have to […]

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A (Reasonably) Quick Review of What Mattered in 2013

We’ve got a new video out in time for the New Year! What stories mattered the most in 2013? Who lost biggest? Watch to find out!

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Be the Most Interesting Person at Christmas Dinner

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We’ve been busy over here for the last couple of weeks and unfortunately I haven’t been able to update our blog as often as I would like. However lots of interesting and important things have been happening over the past two weeks and they are worth mentioning. Check them out […]

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