Yearly Archives: 2016

Tales from a Reluctant Gold Bull
February 29, 2016
Volatility

Tales from a Reluctant Gold Bull

Richard Croft

In an effort to provide full disclosure I am not now nor have I ever been a raging gold bull. I am not convinced that gold provides crisis insurance or any kind of hedge against economic Armageddon. Personally if the global economy collapses under the weight of a currency crisis (note: the collapse of paper currency is the...

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The Canadian Bear Market Roars!
February 04, 2016
Bearish Outlook

The Canadian Bear Market Roars!

Patrick Ceresna

I find a sense of irony that investors need to be losing 20% or more on their equity investments before the economic experts feel they can officially conclude that it is a bear market. It makes it almost meaningless to react to the news as often the worst part of the portfolio damage has already occurred. None the less, we find...

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Markets Down… Volatility Up!
February 01, 2016
Bearish Outlook

Markets Down… Volatility Up!

Richard Croft

Worst start for equity markets since 2008! With more to come if you believe the prevailing view on Bay and Wall Street. Simply not enough “blood in the streets” according to the bears. Which itself is an interesting take since no one can provide clarity as to why markets had such a terrible start to the year. Aside from the...

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Belated Resolutions for the New Year
February 01, 2016
Trading Idea

Belated Resolutions for the New Year

Richard Croft

I don’t usually make New Years’ resolution because I rarely keep them. But in my world there are times where you need to reassess how to best deal with the operational aspects of trading options. Unfortunately these reassessments are usually the result of costly mistakes. Resolution 1: Avoid expiration nightmares! Always...

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Survival of the Fittest in the Oil Patch
January 19, 2016
Risk Management

Survival of the Fittest in the Oil Patch

Jason Ayres

I was screening some of the headlines in the Globe and Mail this morning and came across an update on Suncor (TSX:SU) and its bid for Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS). According to the Calgary Press, Suncor and Canadian Oil Sands have settled on a $6.6 billion deal which includes stock and debt. Interestingly enough, Suncor...

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