Monthly Archives: December 2010

Building a winning investment portfolio: Part 3

In part 1 of this mini series, we looked at how to build the two portfolios every household needs:  an emergency fund and a retirement fund. In part 2 we looked at how to build a portfolio geared towards short-term … Continue reading

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Harper warns of mortgage rule changes; Canada’s economic albatross; Amazing post by Mish

Harper hints at rule changes An interview with Stephen Harper aired on Christmas day on CTV.  The PM discussed a number of topics including the economy, Afghanistan, and US relations.  While discussing the current state of the economy and upcoming … Continue reading

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Building a winning portfolio: Part 2

In part 1 of this mini series, we looked at how to build the two portfolios every household needs:  an emergency fund and a retirement fund. Today we’ll look at how to build a ‘vulture’ fund for those interested in … Continue reading

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Teranet house price index shows second straight monthly decline

The Teranet index for October, released today, showed a second straight monthly decline.  The index uses a paired sales methodology to calculate changes in house prices. After falling 1.1% month-over-month in September, the first decline in 16 months, the index … Continue reading

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Building a winning investment portfolio: Part 1

Investment portfolios I was inspired by a recent BMO press release to revisit the topic of asset allocation and building an investment portfolio. The press release notes that the majority of Canadians do not have a combination of short and … Continue reading

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US consumer confidence sinks as house prices continue to double dip

Consumer confidence sinks The conference board released their consumer confidence reading for December.  Analysts were expecting a reading of 56.3 on the confidence index.  Instead it registered at 52.5…..a pretty hefty miss. ”The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had … Continue reading

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Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released their economic outlook for 2011.  You may recall that I released my own economic outlook a few weeks ago.  Interestingly, both outlooks express concerns over the exact same issues, with the Chamber’s forecast … Continue reading

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UK house prices falling; Carney’s debt conundrum; Is the smart money fleeing China?

UK House Prices Falling You have to pity those poor homeowners who don’t live in fairytale countries like Canada and Australia where fundamentals like price/income, price/rent, and affordability mean nothing.  In countries where fundamentals do matter, like the US and … Continue reading

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China raises rates: More thoughts on the China-Commodity connection

China raises interest rates Two weeks ago I suggested that a rate hike was all but assured from the People’s Bank of China.  I expected the rate hike on December 11th.  Instead, perhaps out of fear of causing a hard … Continue reading

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An alternate viewpoint on Canada’s credit bubble

Merry Christmas!  I said I wouldn’t post again until the 27th, but I noticed this gem of a comment from John in Ottawa.  I’ve reposted a couple of his comments before.  They are always well thought out, weighted, and insightful.  This … Continue reading

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