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Food inflation in China skyrockets; Retailer margin squeeze coming; More thoughts on stock picking

Food inflation in China skyrockets Chinese inflation numbers are set to be released tomorrow, with the market expecting a sub-5% reading….lower than anticipated earlier in the year. Despite this, inflation in China is rumored to be running at a double-digit … Continue reading

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Canada’s banking system: Solid as a rock?

Canada’s big 5:  The global darlings There’s no doubt that our banks have been the darling of the world over the past two years.  The world has been quick to heap praise on our banks, while our politicians have been … Continue reading

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Consumer confidence rises in January; Global food inflation concerns mounting

Consumer confidence rises in January The Conference Board released its January consumer confidence reading yesterday.  The index rose 7.1 points to sit at 88.1, still well below the pre-recession average of +-100, but still much better than would be expected. … Continue reading

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Bob Farrell’s 10 rules for investing…applied to real estate

It’s worth remembering that when it comes to getting perspective on current events, humans have several major flaws.  For starters, we have an uncanny ability to project our current reality into the indefinite future.  In a related manner, we tend … Continue reading

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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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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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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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