The stock markets had a good week. That doesn’t surprise me much, but it does continue to build the case that the time to own bonds is almost past, with the environment appearing poised to favour stocks. Bonds have a
On January 17, Dundee REIT (D.UN) made a bid for Whiterock REIT (WRK.UN). I own Whiterock, a position of about 6% of my portfolio. Whiterock has been yielding about 6.9%, which is taxed favourably seeing that a large proportion is
My car is in the shop, which is no fun. But on the shuttle ride back home, the driver told me a wacky conspiracy-theory story which was fun. It doesn’t make up for the car repairs, but I’ll share it
I’m glad to see less volatility in the markets, but it does make writing a market outlook rather boring. The market rose about 0.5% over the last week, but that was really between the Friday (10th) close and the Monday
I have noticed that many people start trying to get their finances in order between ages 40 and 45. Often the mortgage is nearly paid off and the kids are old enough that they don’t need constant care. Parents end
Over the past week, stock markets fell slightly. The TSX, for example, ended the week 1.5% lower. That performance does not help momentum, which still favours bonds. Although the difference is narrowing, stocks have yet to show consistently positive momentum.
I was joking around with an interviewer the other day. He asked: “how closely do you watch the markets?” It was a good question, and I explained that I follow the news regularly, but I really only watch the market
The market this week looks as stable ever. The volatility index (VIX) is down to 17.10, and stocks continue to advance smoothly. Stocks have been positive and bond yields are falling. The government bond auctions in Italy and Spain are reassuring.
This was originally a commented I wrote in response to: http://michaeljamesmoney.blogspot.com/2012/02/tax-fairness-would-decimate-old-age.html CPP is Canada’s public pension plan. When it was introduced, it was paid from general revenues. This “pay-as-you-go” basis means the first recipients may have only paid in for a