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January 27, 2014
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Predicting Booms and Busts

Richard Croft

John Aziz (www.msn.com) penned an interesting article recently where he asked the question “are financial crisis really preventable?” And the answer, not surprisingly, is that they are not because “the world is just too unpredictable.” In order to prevent something, you have to first be able to articulate a cause and...

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January 13, 2014
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Is Blackberry Back in Favour or Just Getting Squeezed?

Jason Ayres

Blackberry (TSX:BB) has enjoyed a fairly impressive snap back over the last few weeks. Since the beginning of December, shares have climbed from $6.00 to $10.00, or a whopping 66%. The turnaround can be attributed to a couple of things. John Chen took over as CEO back in December , signing a manufacturing agreement that set the...

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January 06, 2014
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New Year Optimism?

Richard Croft

The North American economies got an early Christmas present when, in uncharacteristic fashion, cooperative efforts in Washington took the debt debate off the table and pressured some high profile programmers to fix the healthcare.gov website on time. Newly appointed Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Janet Yellen eased into power...

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December 16, 2013
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Bond Risk

Richard Croft

We are witnessing a major shift in risk allocation across asset classes. As the bond market prices in tapering, medium and longer term rates are rising. With short term rates at or near zero, and likely to remain there for some time, the yield curve is steepening. As these price adjustments work their way through the system, we...

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December 10, 2013
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Canadian Banks Topping Today’s Most Active

Jason Ayres

After demonstrating how to take a confident stance on Toronto Dominion Bank using a protective put in last weeks blog titled Repositioning Using Puts , we see that a number of Canadian banks are starting the week off strong, occupying 6 of the 10 spots on today’s Most Active Options list: If an investor had a specific...

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December 09, 2013
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Could the Economy be Better than Expected?

Richard Croft

Let’s assume for a moment that the North American economies are performing better than expected. Not a real leap considering that most analysts think the broader North American economy is walking on air, with looming US debt ceiling and sequestration debates and their fast approaching January 15th deadlines notwithstanding....

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December 03, 2013
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Repositioning Using Puts

Jason Ayres

One of the challenges with the current market is that stocks have been extending gains on a month over month basis with very few pull backs. This is great if you had the foresight to position yourself early. However, the probability of a correction increases everyday that the market pushes higher, diminishing the near-term...

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December 02, 2013
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Investment Advisors using Options

Patrick Ceresna

Over the years, no topic has been more controversial then the use of options by investment advisors for unsophisticated clients. This has now reached levels where a number of Canadian wealth management firms have placed compliance restrictions on advisors, limiting them to using only the simplest strategies for their clients....

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