Posted on June 14th, 2016 by David Baskin

  Today the 10 year German bond is yielding less than zero.  If you spend 124 Euros to buy a bond  you will get 2 Euros every year for the next ten years, and then 100 Euros on maturity. You might be better off burying your 124 Euros in a jam jar in the backyard.  […]

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by Barry Schwartz

  People always ask me about risk in investing. In my opinion, the biggest risk is not being in the market and not collecting dividends. For over twenty years, Baskin Wealth Management has kept its clients close to fully invested in stocks, bonds and preferred shares. For us, absent short-term liquidity needs, cash is not […]

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by David Baskin

  It is not surprising that most investors, even casual ones, pay much too much attention to day-to-day movements in stock prices. Entire TV channels are designed to make us do so. We can (and do) check our portfolios in real time on the internet. But what if all of this attention is not only […]

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by David Baskin

  Imagine that there was a nice little murder-for-hire company listed on the stock exchange. Profitable with good growth, and trading at an attractive price. Would you buy shares? Most people would be repelled by the idea. Others feel the same way about investing in tobacco companies, arms manufacturers and casinos. Some have strong feelings […]

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Barry Schwartz

At Baskin Wealth Management, these are two of the most frequently asked questions: Is it a good time to invest? Don’t you think we should wait until the volatility calms before we invest?   We have been asked these questions every single year by hundreds of clients and prospective clients, and our answer is always […]

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by David Baskin

By David Baskin   January 22, 2016 Some years, it is hard for investors to make money. As it turns out, 2015 was one of those years. Investors have a large and increasing menu of asset class choices. Take a look at the total returns (including dividends or interest) for some possible investment choices for last year: […]