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Leaving home in a global world

Studies consistently show if investors stay in their comfort zones—their home countries—they’re sacrificing returns.

VenGrowth’s abandoned merger leaves GrowthWorks hopeful

VenGrowth is still on the market. At a fairness hearing last Friday in Toronto both the court and the Ontario Securities Commission rejected Covington Fund’s…

Sovereign Debt: Waiting to blow

As the global economy completes is latest weak lap around the track, worries abound on different sides of the stands—on one, concerns focus on deflation;…

The anti-benchmark

Market-cap weighting is the most efficient and cheapest way to tap an economy’s growth has long been under attack. First, it was in the seminar…

The dirt on clean tech

Generally, the alternative energy and solar sectors tend to do less well when the economy is slow. This is mainly because oil-based energy is cheaper…

  • By: Chip Brian
  • October 1, 2010 August 21, 2018
  • 15:14

Target date funds not a cure-all

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: Left to their own wits, employees often exercise the same acuity in investing as they do in boosting…

To hedge or not to hedge?

As the yen skyrockets to 15-year highs, despite the confirmation of an almost zero-rate interest policy by the Bank of Japan, it’s fairly clear that…

In-depth look at commodities

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, you’d be forgiven for expecting commodities prices to continue to fall or rise very modestly.

REITs make a comeback

The aftermath of the Great Recession has seen the rise of income-generating securities as the investment of choice. Whether it’s bonds, convertible debentures, preferreds or…

Growing while protecting

In a perfect world clients would see their returns skyrocket without putting their capital at risk. But life’s not perfect. Protecting capital while maintaining and…

Retirement calls for a budget

Retirement age Canadians may have more ways to fortify their future than they realize. Although their portfolios may have been undermined by the “Black Swan”…

Shifting assets, your business

Aging clients and shifting assets are creating a volatile mix of challenges to the revenue stream for financial advisors. As asset gathering moves to an…

Retiring before your mortgage

What do you do when your client enters retirement with a mortgage or other debt? It happens all the time. In fact, the stats show…

Guaranteed withdrawal benefits

Since the onset of the financial crisis, the word ‘guaranteed’ in a product name has resonated more powerfully with advisors and clients than ever previously.…

  • By: Al Emid
  • July 7, 2010 July 10, 2018
  • 15:04

Retail investors largely locked out of infrastructure

With Ontario toying with the notion of selling a 20% stake in government enterprises such as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery…

All grown up?

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: Last year, economists at Morgan Stanley debated adding another member to the top tier of emerging markets: with…

Do the math when it comes to emerging markets

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: Fortune favours the bold, and emerging markets have returned some astronomical results over the past decade. But investing…

Emerging markets a dilemma for SRI advocates

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: There’s an inherent tension between sustainable investing and emerging markets. While no-one can deny emerging market countries the…

Pushing boundaries

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: Frontier markets are like promising athletes: catch them young and watch them grow. Glibness aside, these investment options…

Middle class desires

This Advisor.ca Special Report is sponsored by: So you think you know how to play the emerging markets story? While investing in the Canadian commodities…

Hedge funds are evil

You heard me. Hedge funds are evil. Don’t believe me. How about these sources… “We cannot forget how in 1997-98 American hedge funds destroyed the…

Endgame for Norshield investors, but mystery remains

Investors in what was once reputed to be a billion-dollar Canadian hedge fund manager may get five to seven cents on the dollar for their…

Investing dynamically with hedge funds

Hedge funds have an unconstrained and opportunistic investment mandate. This flexibility is based on a dynamic investment approach that focuses on generating returns in myriad…

The future is in managed accounts

After the turmoil of 2008 and 2009, hedge fund investors have learned to dread the “four horsemen.” That’s how Bernice Miedzinski, executive vice-president at Man…

Hedge funds expect greater scrutiny

If there is a silver lining to the cloud that was the great financial crisis of 2008, it could be the light it shone into…