December Update, 2019: Are You Wealthy?

As we enter the holiday season and markets are in a far more pleasant mood than this time last year, it is easy to feel wealthier. But defining wealth is more nuanced than the value of your portfolio. It is the questions you ask yourself and others about what wealth means to you that are far more … Continue reading December Update, 2019: Are You Wealthy?

Charitable Giving: A Guide To Year-End Giving

As another year comes to a close, you may find your mailbox flooded with requests for charitable donations. There's a good reason so many charities make year-end requests. According to a 2018 report from the Rideau Hall Foundation and Imagine Canada called Thirty Years of Giving in Canada, individual Canadians gave an estimated $14.3 billion to charities and non-profits in 2014, with the biggest chunk … Continue reading Charitable Giving: A Guide To Year-End Giving

November Update, 2019: A Thought Experiment On Expected Future Stock Returns

There are forecasts of all types telling us what will happen to stocks over a one-year period and frankly, most of it is bunk. It's bunk because there are too many variables and too many unknowns to forecast with any real accuracy consistently. That’s not to say that forecasts aren’t useful. The trick is to use as many data points … Continue reading November Update, 2019: A Thought Experiment On Expected Future Stock Returns

Canada’s Federal Election 2019: Key Implications

In the wake of the 2019 Canadian federal election, our Chief Strategist John Johnston gives an overview of key implications and policy issues that are important for investors. Overview The election has resulted in a Liberal minority government - likely with NDP support - that should be stable enough to last at least two years. Fiscal policy is expected to remain relatively prudent. More federal deficits lie ahead, … Continue reading Canada’s Federal Election 2019: Key Implications

Canada’s Federal Election 2019: Potential Outcomes And Key Policy Issues

Ahead of the 2019 Canadian federal election, our Chief Strategist John Johnston gives an overview of potential election outcomes and key policy issues that are important for investors. Key Points The election is too close to call. Wide range of potential outcomes: Liberal or Conservative majority or minority governments. Canada has a long history of … Continue reading Canada’s Federal Election 2019: Potential Outcomes And Key Policy Issues

October Update, 2019: Volatility Is The Only Certainty

Recent reports have called into question the strength of the U.S. economy. As we wrote in our September update, we still put low odds on a recession over the next year. Most forecasters agree that healthy consumer spending, high savings rates, what appears to be full employment, and strong corporate profits support the U.S. domestic … Continue reading October Update, 2019: Volatility Is The Only Certainty

What Is Financial Planning?

Financial planning is the act of defining your values, needs, and goals and designing a process to help you achieve them. A financial plan is essentially a roadmap for your money and your life. The goal of financial planning is to reduce your stress about money by optimizing for the things you can control and … Continue reading What Is Financial Planning?

September Update, 2019: History Repeats

As the summer slips away, most investors are eager to see some calm in the investment world. Between the trade war, Brexit, rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, negative interest rates, and worries of a recession, the news is getting monotonous. The only thing more predictable than the headlines is that the president of the … Continue reading September Update, 2019: History Repeats

Is Facebook Flying Too Close To The Sun?

We sold our Facebook, Inc. stock late last year because we could not quantify the growing political risks across the world from so many different countries. To us, the risks outweighed the huge profits Facebook was earning. We worried that some country could “turn off” Facebook because it was being used as a tool to … Continue reading Is Facebook Flying Too Close To The Sun?

Bank Stocks: Don’t Lose Sight Of Where The Value Lies

We agree with Warren Buffett, banks are great investments. So why are people so pessimistic? Warren Buffett, who is probably the most successful long-term investor, says banks are great because they are “very good investments at sensible prices… and they are cheaper than other businesses that are also good businesses, by some margin.” He’s put … Continue reading Bank Stocks: Don’t Lose Sight Of Where The Value Lies