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Does value still matter?

By |March 11th, 2021|

In the early 1720’s, exactly 300 years ago, all of England was overtaken by a surge of stock market speculation which we now know as the “South Sea Bubble”.  Ignited by a monopoly granted by Parliament to a company to trade in South America, all manner of companies suddenly were brought to the market, and their shares were purchased with wild abandon by all and sundry. Two strong emotions ruled; today we call them “FOMO – fear of missing out” and “YOLO – you only live once”.  No idea was too bizarre and no scheme too outlandish.

The kids will be all right – How to save for your kids’ and grandkids’ futures

By |March 5th, 2021|

Generous parents and grandparents frequently look for the most beneficial ways to give their descendants a head start, often by putting funds aside in an investment for their benefit. This has perhaps become more common during the pandemic, as those who have been fortunate enough to have continued employment, and retirees, have seen their expenses decline with a corresponding rise in their savings. There are a number of different approaches available, each with its own pros and cons, and this article will expand on each.

An Ernest Opinion

Breaking down CN and CP’s battle for Kansas City Southern

By |April 23rd, 2021|

Canadian railroads are terrific examples of the types of businesses we like to own. They own irreplaceable assets that provide essential services, have a significant cost advantage vs trucking, and have strong pricing power. Given the low population density and reliance of the Canadian economy on resources, CN Rail and CP Rail together move about 70% of inter-city surface freight in Canada and virtually all the lumber, grain, fertilizer, and coal production. Most Canadians simply do not realize the degree to which our lives and the economy rely on the two major railroads.  

Thoughts on the Rogers acquisition of Shaw

By |March 16th, 2021|

After failing to acquire Cogeco Communications in September 2020, Rogers turned its eyes to Western Canada and announced the acquisition of Shaw Communications on Monday morning for $26 billion ($40.50 per share). Shaw’s legacy business is its wireline footprint in Western Canada with 5.1m consumer and small business subscribers in B.C, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Rogers has no cable footprint in these provinces and does not directly compete with Shaw for wireline subscribers.

Outlook

Monthly Newsletter – April 2021

By |May 6th, 2021|

There has been a steady stream of news recently about the rising cost of goods sparking fears about inflation. In this month’s newsletter David looks at how the pandemic has contributed to this and explores whether labour costs, the more important factor for inducing inflation, will add to the increases in the coming year.

Monthly Newsletter – March 2021

By |April 6th, 2021|

By now, everyone knows the story of GameStop, even if they’ve never open the door of one of its stores to buy a video game. In this month’s newsletter, David describes how the story of GameStop, and many other similar companies, is raising the question of whether this represents a new paradigm for investing. Not surprisingly, he concludes that, while he doesn’t know how long it will last, this “internet frenzy” will not lead us to change the way we do what we do.

Wealth Management

Charitable donations using securities

By |May 5th, 2021|

Making a contribution to a charity by way of gifting securities which have appreciated in value is a simple, easy and highly tax-efficient strategy. We recommend making use of this strategy to all our clients who have non-registered assets and who wish to make significant gifts to a registered charity.

The kids will be all right – How to save for your kids’ and grandkids’ futures

By |March 5th, 2021|

Generous parents and grandparents frequently look for the most beneficial ways to give their descendants a head start, often by putting funds aside in an investment for their benefit. This has perhaps become more common during the pandemic, as those who have been fortunate enough to have continued employment, and retirees, have seen their expenses decline with a corresponding rise in their savings. There are a number of different approaches available, each with its own pros and cons, and this article will expand on each.

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