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Investing in the Age of Brexit Populism

There is going to be lots of news around Brexit for the next while, and we have many other things to look at. So until more is known and more things are resolved this will be our last piece looking at the In/Out Referendum of June 23rd.   So far the best thing that I’ve […]

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The Robo-Advisor Cometh

  As proof that the robot revolution will spare no one, even our industry is feeling the intense weight of cheap human alternatives in the form of “robo-advisors”. Given some glowing press by the Globe and Mail over the last weekend, robot advisors now represent a real and growing segment of the financial services markets and […]

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Notes from the Edge

  With the BREXIT vote now only days away its worth taking a moment to consider the dramatic political shift that seems to be happening around the globe. Where once left/right politics dominated, or pro-capitalism vs. pro-socialist forces clashed, today the challenge is far more frightening. Today we sit on the brink of the end […]

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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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The Blind Men & The Elephant

Even as market volatility subsides there is still much uncertainty about what is going on. What to do when daily market news conflicts, and seems to trigger opposite responses out of the market.

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Sunlight Is Still The Best Disinfectant

Bloomberg published an article highlighting high rates of misconduct for financial advisors in the United States, what should Canadian investors make of this and how can they protect themselves?

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The Secret Meaning Of Numbers

This past week CIBC decried the amount of money Canadians aren’t investing, but the real story is how young Canadians have been failed by the financial industry.

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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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Will We All Be Victims of Cheap Oil?

Earlier this year we wrote that Russia’s economy was fundamentally weaker than Europe’s and that their decision to start a trade war in retaliation for economic sanctions over the Ukraine would hurt Russia far more than Europe. As it happened Russia has suffered that fate and had a helping more. The collapsing price of oil […]

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Canada’s Problems Are More Severe Than You Realize

On December 10th, the Bank of Canada released it’s Financial System Review for 2014. It outlined numerous problems that continue to grow and potentially undermine the Canadian economy. Globally this report attracted a great deal of attention, not something the BoC is used too, but with a rising concern that the Canadian housing market is […]

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