Monthly Archives: February 2011

Short sellers are the muggers of the financial industry.

  This rant is inspired by a series of articles in the Toronto Globe & Mail examining “Stocks that are attracting lots of pessimism.”  Essentially they screened for the highest short interest ratios among Canadian and U.S. companies last week.  … Continue reading

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Has the stock market sold off enough?

It’s been a fast and furious decline of 2% to 3%, but may enough is enough.  Bonds have rallied some as (especially institutional) investors topped up – putting their equity buying on hold.  Why?  As I’ve said in earlier commentaries (scroll … Continue reading

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Gold? Oil? Egypt? Libya? Maple Leafs?

Well I sure didn’t expect the sell off (happening today) I was predicting last week to come so suddenly.  Although Canada’s stock market was holding its own early in the day, that’s largely because of the pop in oil prices and the … Continue reading

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Your Advisor Knows Best

“When it comes to communicating with or passing judgement on your advisor’s contribution to your investment program, it’s best to avoid trying to determine whether it was you or the advisor who screwed up. Neither of you are to blame, … Continue reading

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The Real Reason for TSX and LSE Exchange Mergers

It was the worst of times.  Desititute farmers and unemployed labourers would travel westerly in search of better climates hoping to find work.  Many ended up in Calgary, Alberta but upon arrival would be given a free train ticket from … Continue reading

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Avoid those potential torpedo stocks!

Another sector that’s quite “hot” at this time, and not likely on the radar screen of a ‘maverick investor’ is fertilizers.  The following comment on the earnings release of YAR International is an example of what I’ve been saying concerning … Continue reading

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Stock market will be a wild “ride” this week!

I saw this news item from Canadian Press: “The TSX finished last week little changed as earnings failed to provide lift, with investors driving share prices lower in companies as diverse as Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC), BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), Air … Continue reading

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