The Investors Guide to Rate Hikes

The Investors Guide to Rate HikesRising interest rates are bad — very, very bad. That’s the prevalent message being made loud and ominously clear to investors as markets brace for the inevitable end to the ultra-loose monetary policies south of the border and elsewhere around the world. The warning, while important to heed, doesn’t quite add up. It’s true that many investors will take a hit from interest rate increases down the road — and,…

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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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Four Investing Mistakes to Avoid in 2012

Four Investing Mistakes to Avoid in 2012The ongoing turmoil in world markets has made for a herky-jerky ride this year. What did you learn? While most professional money managers expect stomach-churning volatility to continue, there’s no reason why you can’t still position your portfolio for safety, income or growth. Here are some mistakes to avoid: 1. Staying Out of the Market. Sure, the market this year was crazier than selling snowballs to Inuits. But by staying…

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Loonie’s Strength To Invest In Eagle Market

Loonie's Strength To Invest In Eagle MarketI actually like what is going on in the markets right now as I believe there is a huge opportunity for us to make money over the long term. While many investors thing the stock market is sick, I’d say it is just another rough patch to ignore. The good side of things is that our Canadian dollar is still pretty strong (fluctuating between $0.95 and $1.00 US) and the…

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Timing The Stock Market

Timing The Stock MarketAs I’ve articulated before, I’m not a big fan of timing the stock market, and everything I’ve read about the efficient market hypothesis (that stocks are rationally priced at all times based on the sum of everyone’s understanding of the market) makes sense. That being said, there also seems to be a great case against selling when markets fall, or buying when markets are very bullish (going up fast). Following…

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