New Tariffs 2019

After months of relative quiet, the trade war between the U.S. and China has erupted again in a big way. The markets are the most immediate casualty, with the Dow plunging over 600 points on Monday alone....

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April Market Recap

If you’re like most people, it’s probably not uncommon for you to plan your day or week based on the weather forecast.  For example, you might check the forecast, see that it’s supposed to be sunny, and decide to go fishing on Saturday......

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Market Flu 2018

It’s been a rough fourth quarter for the markets.  It seems like week after week, the major indexes – like the Dow and S&P 500 – get hammered by volatility.  These days, just about every news website you can find is packed with breathless headlines!...

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Trade War Update

For about a week after U.S. Thanksgiving, market volatility was like most people – sleepy and stuffed with turkey.  The markets themselves took advantage, with the S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow all posting their biggest weekly gains in years....

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Post U.S. Midterm Volatility

“A player surprised is a player half-beaten.” – Chess Proverb The World Chess Championship is currently being played in London, and for the first time in decades, an American could be crowned as champion.  But this letter isn’t really about chess. ...

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Four things you should know about the U.S. midterms

With the U.S. midterm election right around the corner, many clients have been asking me what the elections could mean for the markets. Here are four things you should know about the relationship between midterm elections and markets......

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Interest Rates 2018

It’s October, which means autumn is upon us. But this year, it’s not just the leaves that are falling. The markets have been falling, too. On Wednesday, October 10, the Dow slid more than 800 points. The S&P 500 fell for the fifth straight day......

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Canada's First Labour Day

It started on a spring day in 1872, when a group of Toronto printers went on strike. For years, they had been asking, pleading, and finally demanding employers to decrease their hours to a nine-hour work day and a fifty-eight-hour work week. Look a...

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Summer Trade War

“Printing ink, not black, solid.” “Yarn (not sewing thread) of synthetic staple fibers, mixed mainly with artificial staple fibers.” “Meat of swine other than hams, shoulders, bellies and cuts thereof, salted, brined, or smoked.” “Organic surface-...

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Aesop on Finances 6

Recently, I came across a story by the ancient Greek fabulist, Aesop that I wanted to share with you. Like many of his fables, this one contains some good common sense that applies not only to our everyday lives…but to our finances as well.  The Mas...

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