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Nov 19, 2014

The Lesson of 1909

Why nations can’t get along is a question for the ages. After all, the consequences of antagonistic political relations seem obvious. One needs only to look at Russia’s bleak economic outlook to see what can go wrong if you don’t play nicely on the playground. And yet what rationally “should” happen often doesn’t. In part, this is because of constraints.

Nov 06, 2014

Leadership Myths and Realities

Over the years, I have learned that many “truths” about what it takes to be an effective business leader are much closer to myth than reality.

Oct 30, 2014

Looking Beyond Borders: Why Europe Isn't Dead

If more and more investors reach the conclusion to “sell Europe” due to near-term economic challenges in the Eurozone, it may create exciting opportunities for long-term investors–particularly those that identify companies that are being unduly punished due to their postal code rather than a material deterioration in their global operations.

Oct 16, 2014

Market Overview - Q3 2014

From our latest Investment Newsletter…

Oct 10, 2014

Frogs in the Pot

If there was one truly surprising moment in Trichet’s speech it was the reaction of the participants around me. Not only did many participants accept Trichet’s message without demur, many outright supported greater quantitative easing and stimulus. It was as though this new paradigm – and all that comes with it – was a foregone conclusion. But…wasn’t this all one big experiment?

Sep 23, 2014

Removing a Hedge

Hedge funds can add diversification to a portfolio, but at what price?

Sep 17, 2014

Where's the Trust? A Surprising Truth about Canadian Fiduciary Standards

Many people may be surprised to learn that a best interest standard does not apply across-the-board to Canadian firms and individuals offering financial advice.

Sep 11, 2014

Can You Resist the Marshmallow? The Relationship between Self-Discipline and Success

So self-discipline is hard and at least two thirds of us are probably not very good at it. Does that mean we allow ourselves to be dictated by our impulses? No. If our physiology makes it difficult to have self-control, then the answer is to figure out ways to manage it. We must train our self-discipline muscle.

Sep 04, 2014

You Don't Fool Me: Concrete Ways to Avoid the Next Bernie Madoff

How can you avoid being the victim of investment fraud? There are some tangible steps you can take.

Aug 27, 2014

Unassembled, No Batteries, Missing Instructions

Investing in global equity markets is more difficult than some may think. It is a bit like buying something from Ikea. The idea might be simple enough, but how do you get the item home? Who assembles it? What happens when the instructions are missing?

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