Market impacts due to war

A wave of violence has been gripping the world for the past few months, including the most recent one in Nice, France on Bastille Day where 84 (and counting) had been killed from a lone truck driver whereby early reports are conflicted if ISIS was involved.  And then there wasContinue Reading

The previous week had been a tumultuous one for the markets. Amazon’s shares dropped more than $100 as President Trump had declared war on the retail giant. Facebook is being investigated for privacy breaches in several countries. But that aside, market investors are most concerned with the enveloping trade-wars startedContinue Reading

Precious metals

With the stock markets fraught with uncertainty, investors are worried about what could happen to their portfolios if the markets tumble. An offbeat way to reduce your portfolio risk is to consider precious metals stocks. Precious metals stocks can be volatile as their fortunes are linked directly to the pricesContinue Reading

Stock Market Uncertainty

It’s been nearly a decade since I started speaking to fund managers on a regular basis. While each conversation is about something different—a sector to invest in, a stock to explore, an economic issue to pay attention to—one comment has come up time and time again: “Markets hate uncertainty.” It’sContinue Reading

Short Canada

It hasn’t been a terribly good week for the TSX Composite Index. Canada’s benchmark stock index has fallen more than 1% from the beginning of the week through Thursday’s close. Normally, a 1% move in just under a week is the very epitome of much ado about nothing. Stocks areContinue Reading

Investing mistakes

Last weekend, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) held the annual shareholder meeting. For the second year, the meeting was broadcast live over the internet, and investors had the opportunity to follow along without having to make the trip to Omaha, Nebraska. While the event had a number of formalities, investors thoroughlyContinue Reading

Stocks Investing

Management fees, part of the expense ratio of funds, have always been considered one of the primarily nuisances for investors when deciding between a fund and individual stocks.  Don’t confuse management fees with commissions fees when buying into funds.  They are two different animals.  These days ETFs are free whenContinue Reading

Selling Stocks

Value investing has been a hugely popular and successful investment strategy for decades. Proponents of value investing include Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett – both of whom went on to achieve staggering returns over a prolonged period of time. While the rewards from value investing appear to be relatively high,Continue Reading