Real Estate

Global election preview

The next few months will be critical for several countries as they hold elections that could either significantly change their leadership or endorse the status quo. In this blog, I preview the choices ahead for Japan, Brazil and the U.S. Japan: Is a “new era” ahead? On September 20, there will ...

In praise of balance

If you told your diary (you have one, right?) that “2018 sucks,” it might agree. Interest rates have swollen. Financial markets have wobbled. Trade wars have erupted and NAFTA’s on life support. The real estate market’s weakening. Trump seriously dissed T2. And ten years after the 2008 cra ...

Benefits of Homeownership Reaffirmed in New Study

Despite deteriorating housing affordability across the country, buying a home is still the more affordable option when compared to renting. A new report from Mortgage Professionals Canada has determined that, despite the rapid rise in home price, those who are able to invest in a home would end up ...

Net worth is rising but higher debt stings Canadians

Environics Analytics says rising housing prices are inflating the net worth of the average Canadian, but higher interest rates and debt are putting pressure on discretionary spending. In a new analysis, it says Canadians overall paid about $9 billion more in interest charges in 2017 than they did i ...

Canadian home sales activity edges higher in August

Ottawa, ON, September 17, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show a small increase in national home sales between July and August 2018. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.9% from July to August. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down ...

CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast

Ottawa, ON, September 17, 2018 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service®(MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2018 and 2019. Economic and demographic fundamentals remain supportive ...

What the financial crisis taught five fund managers

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the beginning of the financial crisis. While the downturn was, in hindsight, short-lived—markets dropped for nearly six months, while stocks have been rising more than nine years—it was an incredibly difficult time ...

Is investing 100% in an S&P 500 ETF a good idea?

 Q: My friend recently said that I should dump all my Canadian and international ETFs, and invest instead in an S&P 500 ETF for my Couch Potato portfolio. I was worried that holding only U.S. stocks wasn’t diversified enough, but his answer is that the S&P 500 is geographically diversified beca ...

Playing defence during a stock market crisis

Originally published in December, 2008. Prescient advice for investors who lost a bundle over the previous two months—and some good reminders for how to react during the next crisis. While the market wouldn’t bottom until March 9, 2009, Canadians would have done well if they listened to the ad ...

Tech Talk for Monday September 17th 2018

Pre-opening Comments for Monday September 17th U.S. equity index futures were lower this morning. S&P 500 futures were down 3 points in pre-opening trade. Traders are responding to news that the Trump administration in readying additional tariffs on Chinese goods valued at $200 billion. Index futur ...