The Loonie Turns 30!

The Loonie Turns 30!The 11-sided coin was not originally called the loonie but the name caught on quickly due to the iconic decorative design by Robert Carmichael showcasing a single loon on one side. It has been 30 years since its introduction by the Royal Canadian Mint and marked one of the most significant changes in Canadian currency history in half a century. To mark this special occasion the mint has put out…

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5 Reasons Canada’s Economy is Looking up in 2017

5 Reasons Canada's Economy is Looking up in 2017After 2016, a year of ups and downs for the Canadian economy, there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting 2017 will be a better year. Here are five big reasons the economy could do a lot better than you might think this year. The job market is recovering It may be cold comfort to anyone still looking for work, but Canada’s job market ended 2016 on a bit of a…

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Don’t Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn’t as Bad as Believed

Don't Panic, A Trump Presidency Isn't as Bad as BelievedMarkets whipsawed wildly once it became clear that outsider Donald Trump had ascended to the Oval Office. For a brief moment, it appeared the cataclysm that many economists and analysts on Wall Street had been dreading had finally arisen. It was feared that Trump’s regressive policies on immigration, foreign aid, trade, and taxation would spark considerable volatility and eventually lead the U.S. into a recession. Nonetheless, after Trump addressed financial…

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Why the Chip Card isn’t the Disaster Everybody Says It Is

Why the Chip Card isn't the Disaster Everybody Says It IsFrom all the grumpiness over the “EMV” chip-card transition, you’d think that the circuitry embedded in our new credit cards delivered a small electric shock every time you inserted one into a terminal at a check-out counter. Customers say they don’t like chip cards because you have to leave them in a reader for as long as half a minute instead of swiping a card’s magnetic stripe with a single,…

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5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016

5 Things Investors Need to Worry About for the Rest of 2016We are generally very optimistic investors. And why not? We have, in 30 years of investing, seen nearly every crisis and market panic possible, and still markets are at record highs. We have no particular worries about current equity market conditions. However, that in no way means an investor should be complacent. We have not seen a major market correction in some time, and markets never go straight up. We…

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Canadian Dollar Could Sink as Low as 68 Cents

Canadian Dollar Could Sink as Low as 68 CentsWhere the price of oil goes, so goes Canada’s dollar. No other major currency is as closely tied to the value of its key commodity export as the loonie is to crude right now. The correlation between the Canadian dollar and the benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil price is about 0.56, meaning the two have a strong positive relationship. That’s the closest association among 16 of the world’s most-traded currencies…

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How to Profit From a Tumbling Loonie

How to Profit From a Tumbling LoonieOver the past 12 months, the Canadian dollar has declined by 15% versus the U.S. dollar. And there are plenty of reasons why the loonie is likely to depreciate further. Let’s start with the Canadian economy, which contracted for the fourth month in a row in April. There’s now a real possibility that Canada is in the midst of a recession, and this could lead to further rate cuts by…

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Why the Republican Victory is Good For Markets

Why the Republican Victory is Good For MarketsThe Republicans have taken control of the U.S. legislative agenda for the next two years if not longer, and that has political and market implications up until 2016 and likely beyond. Let’s see how they handle this role, given the divisiveness within the party itself and the fact that it did not really run on a theme (like Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” back in 1994). It was a true referendum…

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The 10 Biggest Threats to the Global Economy Right Now

The 10 Biggest Threats to the Global Economy Right NowIn its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) puts the chances of growth in global output falling below the recession threshold of 2% next year at just one in a hundred. Is this too sanguine a view? Global recessions are quite rare events, so if you had to put money on it, you’d go with the IMF. Even when one part of the world is in recession,…

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The Way Millionaires View Money Is Different From Everyone Else

The Way Millionaires View Money Is Different From Everyone ElseDoesn’t it seem like the rich keep getting richer while the middle class is stuck in the same old spot? Economic inequality is a hot topic right now, and many people go as far as accusing the wealthy of having some sort of unfair advantage. Those are easy accusations to make, and they resonate well with some people. But the truth is, there are no unfair advantages. Everyone has the…

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