Pay Some Interest to the Bank of Canada Next Week

By: Jeff Pollock July 7, 2017 This morning’s strong Canadian jobs report makes it all but certain that the Bank of Canada will hike rates next Wednesday.  We added 45,300 new jobs last month, which exceeded economist expectations for a mere addition of 10,000 new...

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Don’t Stress Over the Banks

By: Jeff Pollock June 29, 2017 In the aftermath of the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, the US Federal Reserve initiated the practice of administering an annualized “stress test” for each bank carrying $10 billion or more in assets. The objective was to ensure...

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The Demise of Brick and Mortar Retail

By: Jeff Pollock June 22, 2017 Following a 56% collapse in its revenue over the past decade and after posting a $422 million operating loss last fiscal year, Sears Canada announced this week that it had filed for creditor protection. Not only have shareholders lost...

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Experiencing the Millennials Disrupt the Economy

By: Jeff Pollock June 15, 2016  Defined as anyone born between 1981 and 2000, millennials now represent the largest generation in the United States at 75.4 million people, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. This demographic spends...

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Food For Thought

By: Jeff Pollock June 8, 2017 Fewer are dining out, though you wouldn’t know it by solely looking at several of the restaurant stock charts. Last year, Americans made 433 million fewer trips to restaurants when compared to the year before. This represents a 2 percent...

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Amazon: Nowhere Near the Bargain Bin

By: Jeff Pollock June 2, 2017 Amazon briefly traded at $1,000 per share last week, marking a new all-time high for the stock. Ideal investments are found when the attributes of a great company as well as a good stock valuation align. Believe me, they’re not easy to...

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Rear-View Mirror Investing

By: Jeff Pollock May 26, 2017 It’s hard to get excited about buying shares of Berkshire Hathaway, perhaps even for its founder Warren Buffett. If the company went by another name, I would be surprised to see Buffett invest in the stock himself. Over time, Berkshire’s...

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Trumping Yellen’s Agenda

By: Jeff Pollock May 17, 2017 Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve have now hiked rates three times since cutting their borrowing rate to near 0% during the financial crisis. The plan to push through three further rate increases in 2017 has, until recently, been...

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Breaking the Chains of Habit

By: Jeff Pollock May 12, 2017 Warren Buffett justified his disinterest in the technology sector during a 1998 interview with Bloomberg by stating, “I don't know what [the technology] world will look like in 10 years, and I don't want to play in a game where the other...

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