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Posted on December 13th, 2015 by David Baskin

By David Baskin December 13, 2015 Someone commented that stock markets were invented to teach investors humility, and what a good job they do! The one thing we can predict about the capital markets, without hesitation, is that they will surprise us. Every year something happens that we (and many or most others) simply didn’t […]

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by David Baskin

David Baskin November 20, 2015   Surfing the internet can be a great time-waster, and if your default mode is procrastination, a real danger. Yet, there are compensations. Every now and then, one stumbles upon something outstanding that makes the wasted minutes (or hours) seem worthwhile. I have attached, verbatim, a column written by Joshua […]

Posted on November 5th, 2015 by David Baskin

  By David Baskin, 11/5/2015 The great thing about the stock market is that it gives you a new price for every stock every second between 9:30am and 4:00pm every working day. The horrible thing about the stock market? It gives you a new price for every stock every second between 9:30am and 4:00pm every […]

Posted on October 20th, 2015 by David Baskin

David Baskin 10/20/2015 Promises are made to be broken, and nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of political promises. If we assume, however, that our new Liberal government follows through on its major economic pledges, here is what we see as the major impacts on our clients: • The top marginal rate […]

Posted on September 28th, 2015 by Barry Schwartz

  August and September have been tough months for Canadian investors; in fact tough for investors pretty much everywhere. The correction that everyone “correctly” predicted since the stock market started to recover in 2009 finally happened. There really has been no place to hide. As of September 11, 2015, pretty much every major asset class […]

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by David Baskin

  We human inhabitants of the 21st century like to think of ourselves as sophisticated, rational actors. Alert to nuance, loaded (perhaps flooded) with information, we believe that when adversity is present we will act calmly and intelligently.  We flatter ourselves.  At the back of our brains is a frightened animal.  When danger is perceived, […]