Our remedy for low interest rates

By |June 18th, 2019|

“It appears interest rates will stay low for the next ten years,” said Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management. This is a rather bold prediction, considering that just last year investors were told to prepare for rising interest rates. In his latest blog, Barry discusses the implications for this and the path that we are following in this environment.

Doing Well by Doing Good: Thoughts on ESG and responsible investing

By |May 23rd, 2019|

It is easy to lose sight of the reality that when we buy shares of a company, we become, albeit in a small way, an owner of that company. Since most of us don’t want to own firms that do nasty things, it is not surprising that one of the undeniably “hot” areas of investing these days is responsible investing, with a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors.

Canada’s Housing Industry – Over and Over and Over

By |April 12th, 2019|

David revisits an essay he wrote on the housing industry in September, 2014 and suggests that we in the financial services industry are trapped in a version of Groundhog Day when it comes to our worries about a housing correction. Here is the unaltered version of that article.

Canada Pension Plan – When should I start to take my payments?

By |March 26th, 2019|

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is an important source of income for many Canadians aged 60 and older. Canadians with employment income, even if self-employed, generally pay into the program until the earlier of their retirement or age 65, [...]

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