The Long Term Benefits of Active Investment Management


The Long Term Benefits of Active Investment Management

As a follow up to the piece we published last year titled, ETFs: Pros, Cons and Misconceptions, which compared ETFs to actively managed mutual funds we would like to highlight the article How...

Selecting an Investment Manager


Selecting an Investment Manager

What the brochures and emails don’t include are the answers to the hard questions every investor should ask when deciding who will manage their investments. It’s up to investors to educate themselves to...

The Impact of Fees on Investment Performance


The Impact of Fees on Investment Performance

Fees matter. In a good market investors have a tendency to ignore them and in challenging markets they are scrutinized, but in the end no matter what type of market we are in...

Gold, the Safe-Haven Precious Metal, Begins to Lose its Lustre


Gold, the Safe-Haven Precious Metal, Begins to Lose its Lustre

In recent months, one of the big stories in capital markets has undoubtedly been how gold is losing its lustre. Just look at the 35-per-cent collapse in the S&P/TSX Gold Index year-to-date. What...

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...