Look Southward to Diversify Your Portfolio


Look Southward to Diversify Your Portfolio

Earlier this month, the Dow Jones Industrial average touched record highs, propelled by strong U.S. job-creation figures. That’s great news for investors whose portfolios contain plenty of U.S. equities. North of the border...

Feds Target Tax Shelters


Feds Target Tax Shelters

The recent federal budget has been referred to as “tight fisted” by some commentators because it contains the ”smallest increase in discretionary spending in nearly 20 years,” as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty put...

RRSP ABCs: Tips for Investing


RRSP ABCs: Tips for Investing

It’s RRSP season and investors are bombarded with advertisements urging them to make their contributions to all kinds of investments. The choices can be overwhelming, particularly with volatility and global debt problems affecting...

What is Book Value?


What is Book Value?

Book Value (also known as Adjusted Cost Base or ACB) is a concept that is often confusing to investors. It is used in calculating the capital gain or loss resulting from the sale...

Housing Bubble?


Housing Bubble?

Thomas Holloway, CFA Fixed Income Analyst In the 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger, “M” asks the hero: “What do you know about gold?” Bond replies with a wry smile, “I know it when...

High Frequency Trading: The Need for Speed!


High Frequency Trading: The Need for Speed!

You have probably heard of High Frequency Trading (HFT) in the media. It has become prevalent in our financial markets today, with some estimates suggesting that HFT makes up to 70% of the...

Back to Basics: Searching for Safety?


Back to Basics: Searching for Safety?

When there is uncertainty or volatility in the markets, the natural tendency is to try to protect your capital. The pain of a bad equity market is much worse and lasts longer than...

Emerging Markets Offer Risk, but Also Reward for Investors


Emerging Markets Offer Risk, but Also Reward for Investors

Emerging markets are often touted in investment circles and the business media. Yet many investors are unsure of how to invest in emerging markets, or even whether they should. These markets are alluring...

Making Your Bonds Work Harder


Making Your Bonds Work Harder

Recent global stock-market and economic turmoil have highlighted bonds as a safe haven for investors, but this enthusiasm has also contributed to historically low interest rates. As increasing demand pushes the price of...

Natural Gas - Investment Opportunity or Value Trap?


Natural Gas - Investment Opportunity or Value Trap?

Supply and demand forces in the North American natural gas market have undergone significant changes in the past couple of years. The introduction of technological innovations, like horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing...

ETFs: Pros, Cons and Misconceptions


ETFs: Pros, Cons and Misconceptions

One significant change recently on the investing landscape has been the introduction and proliferation of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) - also known as passive investing or index investing. An ETF (in its purest...

Pension Income Credit


Pension Income Credit

Clients between the ages of 65 and 71 years old who are not presently receiving pension income, may wish to consider taking income from their registered plans to take advantage of the Pension...