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Rare earth metals a hot commodity

Rare-earth metals have become a hot commodity. China consumes about 70% of world production; it also produces 97% of the world’s supply.

Managed futures

Why they shouldn't make investors nervous

Wood you buy this investment?

Have your clients considered investing in timberland? If your answer’s no, that’s not a surprise.

Why you should consider credit derivatives

On the surface, credit derivatives are no different from other products seeking to transfer risk from one party to another. The risk transferred is based…

Investing in jewelry

Jewels and jewelry have constituted kings’ ransoms and motivated murderous coups. In peacetime, they’re desirable as investable assets, but more for beauty than intrinsic value.

Income gap and luxury markets expand

The Financial Times reports the worldwide market for luxury goods will hit $1.5 trillion this year -- about equal to the entire economic output of…

  • By: Staff
  • June 5, 2012 July 10, 2018
  • 09:58

As farmland prices rise, so do number of pre-nups

Prices for farmland are rising dramatically in the UK, and so are the number of farmers asking their spouses to sign pre- and post-nuptial agreements,…

  • By: Staff
  • June 5, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:00

Film investing: moneyball or casino royale?

Those who earn their livelihood solely by investing in films say there are few other asset classes so rewarding. Few, also, are quite as high-risk.

When clients want to open a franchise

The expert David Wilton, MBA, Director of Small Business, Scotiabank, Toronto Client profile Jack, a lifelong public servant, is an assistant Federal deputy minister. Sherry…

Exempt offerings require care

While it may be tempting to offer exotic investments to your high net worth—or even mass affluent—clientele, advisors should think twice before dipping their toes…

  • By: Staff
  • May 30, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:00

A real estate empire: Closing the deal

Up to this point, we’ve explored how to develop a real estate empire by examining the principles behind real estate as an investment, what conditions…

How to build a real estate empire

In part one of this series, we asked a few questions to help decide whether or not direct ownership of hard asset real estate was…

How the rich stay rich

Whatever you think about their politics or private lives, deep down, we all want to invest like a Kennedy.

Buying buildings for cash flow

In part one, we asked a few questions to see if your clients were prepared to participate in direct ownership real estate. Presumably your answers…

Real (estate) income: A haven from volatility

Clients want returns, yet fixed-income isn't delivering, and many are frightened of equities. Many advisors, as a result, are turning to real estate to round…

  • By: Staff
  • May 23, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:05

The pros of private real estate

Private real estate can be suitable for clients looking to offset the volatility of stock markets. But as an asset class, it’s not without risk,…

  • By: Doug Watt
  • May 23, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:00

Institutional hedge fund investors demand transparency

Investors are demanding hedge fund managers increase their due diligence and transparency measures.

  • By: Staff
  • May 22, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 13:28

Hedge funds as “guardian angels”

Hedge funds have been unfairly getting a bad rap, according to research by the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

  • By: Staff
  • May 9, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 12:33

Place bets on racehorse investing

The returns from buying racehorses come primarily from the thrill of winning. It’s an investment driven by passion; with profit an occasional by-product.

Horizons launches hedge fund index ETF

Horizons Exchange Traded Funds has announced the launch of the Horizons Morningstar Hedge Fund Index ETF, which will provide investors with hedge fund-type exposure for…

  • By: Staff
  • April 27, 2012 September 6, 2018
  • 10:36

Cleantech sectors register double-digit growth while TSX falters

While the S&P 500 rose by a paltry 2.11% in 2011 (and the S&P/TSX 60 fell by 9.08%), these green sectors achieved double digit growth:…

Antique violins a sound investment

Antique musical instruments can play a role in a wealthy investor’s portfolio.

Exempt markets deliver results

Alternative investments are becoming viable in a low-yield environment

Wilson named lead on Sprott Opportunities Funds

Sprott Asset Management has name John Wilson as lead portfolio manager for Sprott Opportunities Hedge LP and Sprott Opportunities RSP Fund, effective immediately.

  • By: Staff
  • February 27, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 10:41

Chilton takes a swipe at reverse mortgages

The list of detractors of reverse mortgage has another name added to it: David Chilton, otherwise known as ‘the wealthy barber’, after the title of…