When Good Companies Do Bad Things

By: Jeff Pollock March 23, 2017 The liquidity offered in the stock market is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, few can resist the temptation to check the prices of the stocks they own on a daily (or even minute-by-minute) basis. This creates relentless anxiety,...

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Go Tax Somebody Else

By: Jeff Pollock March 16, 2017 Rumours are abound that Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, may potentially increase the capital gains tax rate in next week’s federal budget. Currently 50% of realized capital gains are taxed at your ordinary rate. Starting...

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Beware the Ides of March

By: Jeff Pollock March 9, 2017 It’s now all but certain that Janet Yellen and her Federal Reserve will jolt interest rates up by another 25 basis points next week when it adjourns their monthly meeting on March 15. Just last week, Yellen herself publicly stated that a...

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Driving Under the Influence, Still

By: Jeff Pollock March 2, 2017 Almost a year ago (April 7 to be exact), we wrote a blog arguing that the driving forces behind North American auto sales demand were discounts and incentives. One year later, not much has changed. In fact, the problem has grown worse....

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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

By: Jeff Pollock February 17, 2017 Following last June’s referendum, the United Kingdom surprisingly voted to separate from the European Union. There was initial speculation that a Brexit may not materialize into reality. Gina Miller, a business owner, challenged...

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Bank on More Upside from Financial Stocks

By: Jeff Pollock February 9, 2017 Subsequent to the US Presidential Election, the market appreciated almost 8%. One of the strongest performing sectors has been the US Financials, up just over 17%. As the sector wrestled to adjust their business model to the new and...

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Dude, Where’s the Volatility?

By: Jeff Pollock February 2, 2017 It’s been some time since volatility permeated through the market. In fact, excluding the day before the US federal election, the last time the S&P 500 moved in either direction by greater than plus or minus 2.0% was back on...

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Better Late than Never

By: Jeff Pollock January 25, 2016 This year, the first baby boomer turns 71 years old. While Canadians of this age are not required to convert their RSP into a RRIF until the end of 2017, our US counterparts must begin their mandatory withdrawals from their 401(k)...

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Paying Interest in Your Personal Finances

By: Jeff Pollock January 19, 2017 If you felt gloomy and glum this past Monday, you were not alone. It’s now sunk in that our New Year’s resolutions may have been overly ambitious and that last month’s holiday spending came in over budget. Consequently, the third...

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