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Canada US Real Estate Chartbook

Horace, the ancient Roman poet of the first century BCE wrote in his work Ars Poetica, "many shall be restored that are now fallen and many shall fall that are now in honor." We can say with absolute certainty that Horace was not referring to modern day North American real estate markets. However, his statement…

The buying power of Gold

With a decade of surging gold prices behind us and a more recent period of weakness that has sent bullion back to mid-2011 levels, investors are left wondering what to do. This question actually consists of two real dilemmas. Firstly, for those owning copious amounts of bullion, gold-stocks, or other precious metals – do I…

Not all stock buybacks are created equal

To an income oriented investor, today’s low interest rates are proving to be a challenge. The “easy money” policies of most central banks have driven interest rates “lower for longer” and created a demand for income oriented equities. The boards of many publicly traded companies have responded to the demand by promising to return cash…

Debt, Profits, Canada & more

In the final hours of the 2012 trading year, the financial markets showed their relief that Congress and the White House had reached an agreement and the “Fiscal Cliff” would be averted. The collective attention of the markets is now turning to the Debt Ceiling talks which involve Congress signing off on yet another increase…

Gold Companies Looking to Forget 2012

It is a safe bet to say that 2012 will not be looked back upon with a great deal of fondness by the CEOs of the gold mining industry. From the executive suites of the largest gold miners to the smallest junior exploration companies, this past year will go down as the “annus horribilis” (horrible…
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