Category Archives: Markets Views & Analysis

Assessing the Risk of a Market Correction

We finally saw a bit of volatility last week ignited by the tough talk between Trump and North Korea. Will this be the catalyst to ignite the next material market decline? Reading the “Tape” is not for everyone. It’s a skill that is fraught with

How Should You Use Gold In Your Portfolio?

The most important portfolio factor for many investors is diversification. Lowering portfolio risk while generating yield is something that every investor should strive for. One asset class that engenders a multitude of emotions but has no yield is precious metals and gold in particular. Gold

Webinar Replay: Smart Portfolios with Larry Berman

For those of you who missed Larry’s webinar on June 29th, or missed The Investor’s Guide to Thriving series this past spring (or if you attended but just want to see the presentation again) you are in luck! Below you will find a link to

The Canadian Dollar May Be Close to a Bottom

The last time our three key Canadian dollar indicators lined up like this, the Canadian dollar rallied from 67 cents to 80 cents in early 2016. The most stable longer-term driver of the Canadian-U.S. Dollar exchange rate is the interest rate differential between short-term bond

What are the Most Important Considerations When Investing Globally?

We get many questions on foreign currency hedging. When investing globally in developed markets, currency is often the most important consideration in the difference in returns. With the French election uncertainty mostly behind us and most strategists suggesting Europe is getting stronger, what is the

Why I Just Bought a Bunch of Oil ETFs This Week

As I scan the ETF world each day to look for good value, there are not many places to find it. So, despite my long-term view that energy prices are at best range bound, dividends are now attractive again on a risk-adjusted basis, compared to

Six ETFs for Retirees, from Plain Jane to Complex

Our own Robyn Graham is featured in this recent Globe article: Every basis point counts in this low-yield world. That’s especially true for retirees, who need steady returns from their portfolios. In this respect, ETFs can help. They often have management expense ratios of less