Category: Perspective

Perspective

Should Bitcoin be in your Investment Portfolio?

The better question – should cryptocurrencies be a part of your investment portfolio? It may appear completely foolish to invest in a digital asset that does not exist physically and is not backed by a real commodity, government, or governing financial intermediary. Yet the price of bitcoin has surged to new highs …

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Change

  Recent events remind us of 1968, when we pointed our TV antennas to the south and watched history unfold. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were two cathartic voices silenced that year, but their words echo loudly through the generations. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, …

Perspective

A Note on Market Timing

After watching the stock market for over 50 years, I can say with absolute conviction that it cannot be timed. If you think it’s too high it will surely go higher, and declines come swiftly and unexpectedly. An investor who stayed 100% invested in stocks for the last 20 years …

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Tax Season Ahead

Well I’m sure everyone is thrilled to be reminded that tax season is ahead, and a flurry of T3s, T4s and T5s will be sent in the mail over the next 10 weeks or so. To help you prepare, I have attached a useful summary from our Head Office at …

Current Affairs

Driverless Car Revolution

When sitting with clients to discuss investment ideas, I try to zero in on long term disruptive technologies. Not fads, but mega trends. These are ideas and concepts that will be sustainable beyond our lifetimes. No doubt by now you have heard talk of driverless cars, but perhaps you haven’t …

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Market Turbulence

The best article I read on the markets this week was entitled “Don’t read this!”, written in acknowledgement of the tremendous amount of noise that accompanies a market down draft like the one we have experienced. Of course I read it anyway, because I feel it is my duty of …

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Who said what?

There is an old story about the physicist Niels Bohr. Noticing a horseshoe hanging over a door at his home, a visitor asked the Nobel laureate in physics if he believed in luck. “Of course not. But I understand it works whether you believe in it or not.” It is …

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Green bonds to finance new North Vancouver Island hospitals

I was interviewed by Bloomberg News and The Comox Valley Record on the subject. Click on the links for more background. The bonds are called green because the hospitals will be built according to rigorous environmental standards. The BC Government can finance this project a little more cheaply by mandating …

Perspective

The changing face of capitalism 1

This article might surprise some in the ‘all-corporations-are-evil’ camp. http://www.fastcompany.com/3031509/the-future-of-work/5-myths-about-the-freshest-iteration-of-capitalism

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Ex-Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney blasts “radical”, “fundamentalist” capitalism

The former Bank of Canada Governor (now, Governor of the Bank of England) has come forward to condemn what he calls “unchecked market fundamentalism.” See excerpts from his speech to the Conference for Inclusive Capitalism here… http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/ex-bank-canada-governor-mark-carney-blastsradical-fundamentalist-capitalism

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