Markets Finish Higher

Markets Finish HigherThe Toronto Stock Exchange finished Friday with a 50-point gain, leaving it up about 290 points on the week. In the U.S., however, markets surged, pushing the gain for the Dow Jones to about 425 points on the week, the S&P 500 to 45 points and the NASDAQ to 63 points. The S&P gain left that index ahead on the year since Dec. 23, 2010. The Dow was already ahead,…

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Stocks Expected to Fall as Economy Expectations Plunge

Stocks Expected to Fall as Economy Expectations PlungeThe resource-heavy Toronto stock market could be headed for another week of losses as commodity prices adjust to much lower expectations for economic growth. And while economic data this week is expected to show that the Canadian economy continued to grow in early summer, investors aren’t expected to find encouragement in the numbers as the economic outlook likely worsened in August. “Buckle up” for a rough ride, advised John Stephenson,…

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Index Investing Becoming a Victim of Its Own Success

Index Investing Becoming a Victim of Its Own SuccessToo much of a good thing can end up being bad. That includes using a benchmark index as the basis for an investing apparently. In the July 2010 paper (download here from SSRN; acknowledgement to Stingy Investor where I found the link) On the Economic Costs of Index-Linked Investing, NYU prof and NBER research associate Jeffrey Wurgler reviews some research results that are disquieting for investors who follow a passive…

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TSX drops on global growth concerns

TSX drops on global growth concernsToronto’s main stock index dropped on Monday to its lowest in nearly five months as energy, materials and financial issues receded on concerns about global economic growth. The broad-based decline came on thin trading on a day when U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday. Among the biggest decliners, Suncor Energy lost 0.9 percent to C$30.84, Royal Bank of Canada fell 0.9 percent to C$50.45 and Teck Resources…

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The Index Finger Moves on – Shrinking TSX and Declining Index Effect

The Index Finger Moves on - Shrinking TSX and Declining Index EffectThe Shrinking TSX Another ones bites the dust. As I noted last year, the TSX Composite Index has been shrinking for years. That seems to be continuing, though at a slower pace. When Enerflex Systems Income Fund (EFX.UN) leaves the index next week as the result of a buyout (see Standard & Poors press release) the TSX Composite will be down to 210 companies, a third fewer than a mere…

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