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September PrefLetter Released!

The September, 2019, edition of PrefLetter has been released and is now available for purchase as the “Previous edition”. Those who subscribe for a full year receive the “Previous edition” as a bonus. PrefLetter may now be purchased by all Canadian residents. Until further notice, the “Pr ...

The house horny vote

They weren’t expecting Trudeau to do that. So when T2 announced the share-equity mortgage program – in place for a mere 10 days – would be wildly inflated, it hit the Tories hard. As politics, it was brilliant. As complex, impractical and bizarre as it is to share your mortgage with the fede ...

The Pivot To Fiscal?

The final Mario Draghi press conference had him underlining the importance of fiscal policy. Since I am supposed to be working on my slides for my presentation in the panel "MMT: Who is Listening?", one might argue that it looks like a lot of people. However, it is unclear how significant the shift ...

What Do Investors Get With BioSolar?

by Debra Fiakas, CFA Last week management of energy storage developer BioSolar, Inc. (BSRC:  OTC/PK) provided an update on the company lithium-ion battery design.  The company’s engineers along with a manufacturing partner are still making changes to the design called the 21700 cell.  Ad ...

Covfefe

  By Guest Blogger Ryan Lewenza I find it remarkable that one man and 280 characters can have such a huge impact on the global financial markets. Of course I’m talking about President Trump (who else do we talk about these days) and his Twitter account. Whatever you may think about Trump he ...

Book Bits | 14 September 2019

● The Case For People’s Quantitative Easing By Frances CoppolaReview via Brave New Europe The thesis behind the book is that, although quantitative easing since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007/8 has failed, the cause of failure was its implementation, not the policy itself. Quantitative easi ...

Confusion or Conviction?

Stocks have climbed higher but we don’t recommend attempting to trade around short-term moves; rather, investors should remain disciplined and diversified, and use any volatility to rebalance as needed. The consumer continues to drive the economy, while weakness is mostly still concentrated in man ...

The Fed’s Dilemma, Draghi’s Parting Gift, Mortgage Rate Meltdown

Fed is set to ease, ECB eases and mortgage refinancing takes off. ...

Quant Quake 2.0 and QE Infinity Unnerving Investors?

Robbin Wigglesworth of the Financial Times reports how the drop in hot stocks stirs memories of ‘quant quake’:The stock market may appear tranquil again after a rollercoaster summer, but many analysts and investors are unnerved by violent moves beneath the surface, reviving memories of the 20 ...

Canada’s real estate sector needs to own up to climate risks

A week after Hurricane Dorian barrelled toward the east coast of Canada, the full cost of damage to homes and properties up and down the Atlantic coast is still unknown. What we do know is that the climate crisis is making extreme weather events like hurricanes more destructive. It’s also signifi ...