What is True Diversification?

In last weeks blog post we talked about a technical concept called "Upside/Downside capture" (If you haven't read that yet click here). In order for a portfolio to have good upside and downside capture, there needs to be proper diversification. What is diversification? Diversification is a way of systematically spreading your investment assets around so... Continue Reading →

Why You Shouldn’t Cosign a Loan

In the world that we live in today, most people will carry debt at some point. Being approved for and paying for debt becomes a lot easier and more affordable with a high credit score (read about why your credit score matters). However, when someone doesn't have a good credit score, being approved for a... Continue Reading →

You Shouldn’t Rely on Government Benefits

The American Social Security system has been under a lot of scrutiny lately, many questioning its sustainability. With the potential downfall of American social security, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the current status of the Canadian government benefit system. The main government benefit in Canada is the Canadian Pension... Continue Reading →

The Harsh Reality of Student Debt

As some of you may have noticed, we took a short break from our weekly blog for the warm summer months. We are now back to business as usual and will be posting regularly. Picking up where we left off, we previously released a couple posts shedding light on the crippling effect of the Canadian... Continue Reading →

Are The Posted Inflation Rates A Lie?

Inflation is a key factor when evaluating an economy. If inflation is at abnormally high levels, there are many negative side effects. These side effects may include the BoC (Bank of Canada) raising interest rates, which as we know, decreases the purchasing power. Inflation can be defined as a 'sustained increase in the general level... Continue Reading →

Auto-Loan Delinquencies

Last week we talked about credit-card/consumer debt, and how those debt figures seem to be trending higher year after year (click here to read that post). This week, we want to look at another contributor to increasing debt figures. Since 2012, the number of outstanding auto-loans is up by 57%. GDP growth over that period... Continue Reading →

Credit Card/Consumer Debt

"Canadian Average Debt Load now up to $22,081, 3.6% rise since last year" "Canadian Household Debt reaches $1.8 Trillion..." "Canadian Consumer Debt Just Keeps Growing" These are just a few of the alarming headings that we see showing up in the mainstream press on a more frequent basis. But how much validity is there behind these statements,... Continue Reading →

How To Start Saving For Retirement

Last week we talked about Generation X and the tendency for them to be the overlooked generation. We also established that the average Gen Xer was rather ill-prepared for retirement relative to their stage of life. If you missed that blog post you can read it here. For those of you that felt uncomfortable thinking... Continue Reading →

The Overlooked Generation

With much media attention given to millennials and baby boomers, each for their respective reasons (millennials supposedly being entitled and lazy, and boomers because they supposedly ruined the economy), there is one generation that seems to be forgotten. That generation is, of course, the one sandwiched between boomers and millennials; Generation X. Gen X-ers, as they... Continue Reading →

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