Why it’s Time for Canada’s Financial Industry to Put the Customer First

Why it's Time for Canada's Financial Industry to Put the Customer FirstScrutiny of the financial industry has been on the rise in recent months, fuelled in part by CBC News reports alleging unscrupulous practices at Canada’s big banks. The CBC’s findings may not have been surprising to insiders, who have been witness to the industry’s indiscretions for years. What is surprising is the government’s continued hesitation to force advisers to do what is right — to act in clients’ and customers’…

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2017 – An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential Risk

2017 - An Investing Year of Few Certainties and Plenty of Potential RiskThe incoming leader of the world’s biggest economy has no experience running a government and appears to have a shaky grasp of geopolitics. He is intent on cosying up to Russia, has pledged to rip up trade deals, is prone to ill-timed Tweets and muses openly about boosting his country’s nuclear arsenal. The bloc that forms the world’s second-largest economic entity, meanwhile, is going through an existential crisis. One of…

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5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain Weird

5 Reasons the Stock Market is Just Plain WeirdMarkets have indeed been strange for some time now. Most investors are confused about whether to sell, or buy, or panic, or just go to cash and avoid the craziness. However, if you think more closely about things, you might come to the conclusion that markets are always strange. Investors and the market are just not … normal. Why do we say this? Let’s look at five reasons why markets…

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Oil Price Forecasters Adjust to a New Market Reality

Oil Price Forecasters Adjust to a New Market RealityAs recently as a couple of months ago, few in Alberta would have predicted that the biggest blow to their oil-driven prosperity since the global financial downturn would come via a shakedown by Saudi Arabia. The most popular assumptions about the big risks would have been: lack of market access, competition from U.S. shale production, green campaigns against the oilsands, policy initiatives related to climate change and investment scarcity because…

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The Investing Case for Canada

The Investing Case for CanadaCanada has always had to play second fiddle to our neighbours to the south. The Great White North just never seems to get the respect it deserves, whether it’s the frequent lag in products arriving on our soil, the border, tax and currency concerns among athletes and entertainers, and, of course, the weather. From an investing standpoint, it’s true that Canada was the place to be during the commodity supercycle…

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