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  • Sector Scan: Why Even Santa Depends on Global Transportation

    Great news if you pre-ordered an iPhone X for your holiday gift list: Apple shortened shipping estimates to two to three weeks in Canada and the United States—just in time to land it under the Christmas tree. Eager customers have been following UPS tracking as their coveted phones travel hectic itineraries, comparing notes online: To reach Vancouver, one order was reported to be shipped by air from China with stops in Korea, Anchorage, Kentucky ...

  • Sector Scan: As Canadian As... Big Banks

    Holding bank stocks in your portfolio is right up there with tuques and Timbits as a symbol of Canadian identity—it’s hard for us not to invest in them, as this industry represents nearly a third of our nation’s key market index. Now that 10 years have passed since the start of the global financial crisis, it’s timely for us to revisit the banking sector, at home and around the world. Canada’s has shown resilience next to global peers ...

  • A Bit About Bitcoin. . .

    In my line of work, friends and family often ask for my thoughts on various investments. Generally, they ask about stocks but, lately, the questions have been about Bitcoin. I see why Bitcoin might grab your attention: Its price has more than tripled, year-to-date. (At yesterday’s close, a Bitcoin was valued at more than CDN$5,800). Another prominent rival, Ether, is on the rise, recently trading at close to 50 times its 2016 year-end value of ...

  • The Curious Case of the Canadian Dollar

    With the surprise display of strength by the Canadian dollar over the last 2 months, a summer road trip to the U.S. is making a little bit more sense—but just a little and probably not for long. Since May, the Canadian dollar climbed from just under US$0.73 to just under US$0.80 on a weaker U.S. dollar and improved Canadian economic data leading to a more hawkish Bank of Canada. As a result, buying things in U.S. dollars just got about 9% ...

  • Thank You for Not Smoking... in My Retirement Fund

    Would you be alarmed if your retirement fund was hooked on cigarettes? I recently met Dr. Bronwyn King, a practising radiation oncologist from Australia and founder of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a non-profit group that aims to eliminate pension fund investments in tobacco. In 2010, Dr. King was dismayed to find out she profited from the very products responsible for her patients’ life-threatening illnesses. Like other Australian health ...