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Think outside the box with value investing

Will these cats start climbing? (Flickr)   The world is a wonderful place full of strange, quirky, and unusual people. They can provide an extra spice that makes life fun. Around these parts they like to mix their portfolio strategies, mashing up value investing peanut butter with momentum choco ...

How to choose between active and passive investing

It’s impossible for everyone in a class to be above the class average. Same goes for every fund manager beating the average market return.  (Flickr) Proponents of low-cost investing are sometimes ‘challenged’ by proponents of actively-managed products and strategies.  I use the quotati ...

I lost my home in a fire. Can I tap my LIRA to cover costs?

Q: My house was burnt in the Fort McMurray fire. I am now unemployed and my husband and I are struggling to make the mortgage payments on top of our rent payment. Our savings are now drained as well as money received from insurance—the town house was part of a condo and is being rebuilt. We hav ...

The end of oil?

In the spring of 2000, Sheikh Yamani gave an unprecedented interview with The Telegraph on the future of oil. As he was the former Saudi oil minister from 1962 to 1986, many paid close attention to his declaration that “[t]hirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil—and no buyers. ...

Interest rate outlook: Bank of Canada to pause

After raising the target overnight rate 0.25 percentage points at each of the previous two meetings, the Bank of Canada (BoC) kept the rate unchanged at its meeting on October 25, 2017. While growth has remained strong, it has slowed from the second quarter and the BoC appears ready to give its two ...

Bitcoin brute-force validation: made for nuclear power and—in Ontario—re-regulation of electricity

I would have thought the hard economics of Bitcoin mining would pretty much instantly rule out of contention the politically correct renewable energy darlings wind and solar as viable sources of the computing power—i.e., electrical power—that underpins the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. Mine ...

How vulnerable is the stock market?

Last week saw the U.S. Senate introduce its version of the tax reform bill, which caused some concern among investors. The Senate version of the bill delayed the much-anticipated corporate tax cut until 2019. In addition, because it has some significant differences from the House bill, it raised un ...

Nine things to watch in November

Despite October’s reputation as a precarious month for stocks, the equity markets made it through the month without so much as a hiccup, let alone a correction. Last month commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1987 market drop, but investors did not get spooked by the supposed “October effec ...

We grade the 500 largest stocks in the U.S. for 2018

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We grade 200 Canadian blue chip stocks for 2018

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