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The Mystery of Market Volatility

This past week markets had a sudden and sustained sell off that lasted for two days, and though they bounced back a little on Friday, US markets had several negative sessions. The selloff in US markets, which began on Wednesday and extended into Thursday, roiled global markets as well, with extensive selling through Asia and […]

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The Deceptive Nature of Indices

An essential part of the business of investing involves figuring out how well you are doing. In some respects, the best benchmark for how well you are doing should be personalized to you. How conservative are you? What kind of income needs do you have? How old are you? While the case remains strong for […]

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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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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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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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Correlation: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Market and Love Diversification

This year has seen further gains in the stock market both in Canada and the United States. But after five straight years of gains (the US is having its third longest period without a 10% drop) many are calling for an end to the party. Calling for a correction in the markets isn’t unheard of, […]

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