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  • Starting Off the Year Right

    With the holiday season behind us, it’s that time of the year where I turn my attention to two things: losing the 10 pounds of holiday weight I’ve gained and looking for signs in equity markets to see what’s in store for 2018. The first will come with healthier dietary choices and getting back to regular exercise (albeit slower than I would like), but figuring out what equity markets will do this year is a tad bit more complicated. A positive ...

  • Back in the Black for U.S. Housing

    I remember when the U.S. housing market infamously collapsed during the global financial crisis nearly a decade ago. Subprime mortgages and overextended homeowners led to sweeping foreclosures across the country. Like many Canadians, I was tempted by the opportunity to purchase U.S. property for investment, vacation and/or retirement purposes—especially since the Canadian dollar was at par at the time. Housing prices have recovered and then ...

  • At 30 Times the Price of Oil, This Precious Canadian Commodity Tastes Great

    Here’s something to contemplate over breakfast this Canada Day weekend: That maple syrup you might casually drizzle over your pancakes is worth more than 30 times the price of oil. At $1,700 per barrel of maple syrup1 versus a scant $50 per barrel of crude, this is a Great Canadian Commodity we think merits attention on this national holiday. Move over Big Oil: it’s Big Maple While Canada ranks sixth in oil production, our country ...