3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear Market

3 Timeless Tips for Surviving a Bear MarketThe financial media as of late—in both Canada and the U.S.—has been overrun with headlines talking about the potential for another bear market. It’s clear why. A 10% correction in the TSX in August followed by news that we are in a recession has put investors on edge. Is there any accuracy to claims that a new bear market is upon us? It is impossible to know for sure, but…

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What’s the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still Equities

What's the Next Bull Market Asset Class? Still EquitiesThe chorus of investment gurus warning about a major downturn in equity markets grew louder this week when Carl Icahn said stock investors have “a lot to be concerned about it” during an appearance on Fox Business Network. There’s no doubt he — and anyone else weighing in on the matter recently — have a point. Rising interest rates combined with lofty valuations could easily put the brakes on the…

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Investors Move to Passive Funds While Stockpickers get Creative

Investors Move to Passive Funds While Stockpickers get CreativeUndaunted by the popularity and outperformance of index-tracking investments, mutual fund companies last year rolled out 193 new actively managed stock funds, many with some highly colorful concepts. The fund companies aren’t giving up their efforts to win investment dollars with their stockpicking prowess. Rather, they are floating funds that are increasingly niche-oriented in the hope of getting shelf space next to the generic S&P 500 index and other passive…

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Why its time for investors to take some chips off the table

Why its time for investors to take some chips off the tableOn Dec. 6, 1941, while Europe was engulfed in a war that saw Germany control all of Western Europe except Britain, Americans were spending an ordinary Saturday, wrapped in their collective isolationist blanket. Whether getting some Christmas shopping done, listening to game shows on the radio, or taking in a movie such as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon or Dumbo, the battles being fought on the far sides of the Atlantic…

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Bulls vs. Bears: Does the Economy Matter?

Bulls vs. Bears: Does the Economy Matter?I haven’t written a Bulls vs. Bears post in a while. Given the tremendous stock market run from the end of last year through the end of the first quarter of this year, it seems like a good time to assess the current position of the markets. I recently read two articles which, on the surface, appear to make inverse arguments. One article says that stocks are the place to…

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