Monthly Archives: November 2017

Syndicated mortgages are no safe bet

Investments in syndicated mortgages and related securities have been heavily sold to yield-hungry savers and retirees the past few years, especially as our world-famous realty bubble has billowed in Canada. Advertising yields of 7 and 8%+– in a world where … Continue reading

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World’s plastic binge: a million bottles a minute

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% [to top half a trillion  by 2021], creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change. ..Fewer … Continue reading

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A smile to end November

As we commence another day of mad, mad news, here’s a little levity for the realists. Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Sing-Along. Here is a direct video link.

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Number one financial rule: get out of debt first

Financial planning rule number one:  pay off debt first. Rule number two:   if your financial advisor, a) doesn’t ask about your debt, or b) doesn’t suggest that you pay it off before trying to ‘invest’, or c) suggests that you … Continue reading

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Equal pay and treatment is best way to strengthen the economy

There is no question that one of the best ways to spread wealth in a society and increase the multiplier effect to include more households for a stronger economy, is to increase pay and opportunity for women [and members of … Continue reading

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Canada’s electric car problem/opportunity

Oil, pipelines and ICE engines are on their way out, while electric cars and renewable energy are entering a global boom period. What old tech is taking away from our economy, new tech can give back, but Canada needs to … Continue reading

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