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A Canadian Story of Woe

    One of the challenges of being a financial advisor is finding ways to convey complex financial issues in simple ways to my clients and readers. I believe I do this to varying degrees of success, and I am informed of my failures by my wife who doesn’t hesitate to point out when I’ve […]

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What “The Big Short” Can Tell Us About Market Risk

The Big Short is an excellent movie about the 2008 crash, but it tells investors little about how to deal with turbulent and dangerous markets. In fact it may perpetuate bad investing advice.

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Hyperbole and a Half: Terrible Financial Advice

Around the world this morning, an RBS analyst made headlines telling investors to “sell everything.” What should investors do with sudden and scary advice of that nature?

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Swiming With Rocks in Your Pockets

The China situation is getting worse. But as we potentially face another global debt crisis, can we really say we’ve addressed the problems that caused 2008?

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Walking the Tightrope

Many markets have had a bad year, but does that mean you should be investing in the previous year’s losers? Despite some markets being cheaper and potentially more appealing there are real risks that investors should consider for 2016.

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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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Throwing Cold Water On Investor Optimism (Not That We Needed Too)

Yesterday the 16th Geneva Report was released bearing bad news for everybody that was hoping for good news. The report, which highlighted that debt across the planet had continued to increase  and speed up despite the market crash of 2008, is sobering and seemed to cast in stone that which we already knew; that the […]

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By the Numbers, What Canadian Investors Should Know About Canada

I am regularly quite vocal about my concern over the Canadian economy. But like anyone who may be too early in their predictions, the universe continues to thwart my best efforts to make my point. If you’ve been paying attention to the market at all this year it is Canada that has been pulling ahead. […]

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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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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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