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Making Economics Meaningful – How Official Inflation Figures Obscure Reality

Since 2008 (that evergreen financial milestone) central banks have tried to stimulate economies by keeping borrowing rates extremely low. The idea was that people and corporations would be encouraged to borrow and spend money since the cost of that borrowing would be so cheap. This would eventually stimulate the economy through growth, help people get […]

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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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This House Kills the Middle Class

Evidence shows that if too much wealth is concentrated in housing it can widen wealth inequalities and significantly hurt the middle class.

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Are Economists Incompetent or Just Unhelpful?

Over the past two years, despite a great deal of negative news, the BoC has never changed it’s views on threats to the Canadian economy. How can that be?

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Trudeau’s Millionaires & Everyone’s Tax Hike

Changes are coming with the election of Justin Trudeau, but he won’t act in a vacuum. His proposed tax cuts and hikes will combine with the provinces own goals and the results may be surprising.

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Canada’s Bad Week (Or The Best Recession Ever)

Perennial pessimists like myself have been waiting for something to go wrong with the Canadian economy for some time. But years have passed and the economy continues to defy logic. Despite abundant consumer debt and a housing bubble of record proportions, and an economy dependent on volatile material and natural resource markets, disaster has forever loomed […]

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Cities Are Hurting Your Retirement

The Economist endorses the Walker Report! Well not really, but they have joined my cause on the problems we face with regards to urbanism and increasing urban density. It’s not everyday that you can say that the economist endorses your position (even if they don’t know it) but in early April my constant nagging about the insane […]

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The Financial Challenges of Being a Young Canadian

It is a common enough trope that people do not save enough, either for retirement or just generally in life. We are a society awash in debt, with some estimates showing Canadians carrying an astonishing $27000 of non-mortgage debt and an average of three credit cards. This financial misalignment, between how much we spend (bad) and […]

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It Doesn’t Matter if There Isn’t A Real Estate Bubble

Last week I published a piece on the dangers of the housing bubble in Canada. It caused a stir with a number of clients and followed many articles over the past two years about our concerns with the Canadian economy. But on Wednesday I was at an industry lunch with another group of advisors talking […]

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The Next Debt Bubble or The Last War?

I recall hearing from my mother once that my grandparents had been deeply scarred by the great depression. In a multitude of ways it had affected the financial decisions they made for years after it was all over. It would probably be fair to say that investors have been similarly scarred by the 2008 financial […]

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