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April 01, 2013
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The Power of Propaganda

Richard Croft

It must have been a slow week, or perhaps the news media was providing us with some much needed comic relief. When the long lines of depositors making a run on Cypriot banks never materialized, we were treated to pictures of Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader for life and close friend of Dennis Rodman, signing an order to put...

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March 25, 2013
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Makes you Wonder What’s Next?

Richard Croft

The title reflects the elephant in the room that overhangs the silent majority; is anything safe from the long arm of distressed governments? It sheds light on the veiled risks associated with unchecked governments searching for new sources of revenue! This week we witnessed the “what next” which is the Cyprus Solution....

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March 22, 2013
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To Hedge or Not To Hedge

Patrick Ceresna

The global stock markets have been kind to investors over the last 3 months as many international markets are up 2-10% in the first quarter alone. But not every investor can share in the celebration. When looking at the average investment portfolio for a Canadian, it has been a mixed picture. This is because the average...

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March 18, 2013
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Investors Fret over SNC–Lavalin

Patrick Ceresna

SNC-Lavalin has once again made headlines as scandals with the Montreal’s new megahospital remain unresolved. The news certainly has contributed to SNC-Lavalin’s recent price weakness. Investors fear that if the plot to rig the megahospital contract in SNC’s favor is true, the company would face penalties and material...

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March 18, 2013
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Understanding why a Trade was initiated?

Richard Croft

Investors implement various options strategies for very different reasons. For example, buying a put to protect a stock position is very different from buying calls that profit when the underlying security is rising. Despite the fact that both strategies share the same risk reward characteristics! In this example, the puts are...

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March 10, 2013
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Straddle Follow Up

Richard Croft

Last week I talked about using XIU straddles and short-term bonds as an alternative approach to medium and long-term fixed income securities. I was speaking about the use of straddles as a hedging mechanism that might provide the same level of protection normally associated with fixed income assets. And I posited that the...

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March 08, 2013
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Catching Falling Knives

Patrick Ceresna

No sector has experienced more pessimism over the last year than the gold mining sector. This has left intelligent investors feeling like deer in headlights. Gold bulls will sight countless reasons as to why gold should be at $2,500 and why gold mining companies should be flourishing. Yet central banks around the world continue...

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March 04, 2013
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A New Approach to Crisis Insurance

Richard Croft

Invest ‘til May then go away ‘til labor day! That’s a seasonal strategy that has a large following among professional investors. It may be nothing more than advisors taking a break over the summer months making it more difficult for the market to move higher without enthusiastic buyers. Or if may simply be an old wives...

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