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The Sky Is Falling

The stock market has fallen a lot and people are worried about all of the news items that have been popping up. Is the 9 year bull market over? The news items are scary - here are a few to summarize in case you get asked why markets are falling for

High Yield Bond Characteristics

High yield bonds are a major financing vehicle for many corporates. After introducing the high yield bond market in the previous post, we will discuss major characteristics of these bonds here. What matters to bondholders? Coupon, maturity, optionality, security, purpose, relative value - the other factors will all inform the ultimate

Introduction to Green Bonds

Debt Capital Markets - What is a Green Bond? Green bonds are debt securities that use the proceeds to fund sustainable and environmental-friendly projects. Given today's investor focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors - whether for political reasons or other ethical considerations, green bonds can be very attractive bond issuances

Responsible Investing Primer

What is Responsible Investing? Responsible investing ("RI") integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes and decision making. Responsible investing is currently estimated at over $20 trillion in AUM or around a quarter of all professionally managed assets around the world (Forbes). In the social media age, stakeholders both shareholders

Should I Buy Weed Stocks?

Well you could. It seems like there is a lot of momentum and that the train is not running out of steam any time soon but you have to understand that there is a chance for permanent loss on investment. If you are willing to lose what you are going

Beginning Investor Q&A

Are you a beginner investor? We are looking to get everyone investing soundly - please send your questions directly to our Facebook page. We can't say that there are no stupid questions, but better to embarrass yourself anonymously on a website rather than in person with a financial professional. Obviously none

Choosing the Right Investment Advisor

I was catching up with a pharmacist friend in Yaletown this week when he told me that another buddy from back in the day had become an investment advisor ("IA") and was coming over to talk about his finances. We were grabbing dinner at Blue Water Cafe later that night so

Understanding the Yield Curve

What is Yield? Yield (also called Yield To Maturity, or YTM) is the return investors receive for holding a bond. Yield takes account of both the interest/coupons investors get and the bond price relative to its par value. What are Treasuries? US Treasuries are debt instruments the US Department of the Treasury issues

Understanding China and the Investment Thesis

We have been meaning to support our China bull case for a while but have been indolent. But here it is. China is a better investment vehicle than the US. Executive Summary Scale Government Efficiency Favorable Labor Force Diaspora We especially like China right now because asset prices have retreated in the face

Emerging Markets We Are Investing In Right Now (for Canadians)

Start Investing Now and Invest in an ETF or Good Mutual Fund In various posts we have written for the mass market (our fellow professionals who are nurses, social workers, plumbers), instead of just investment banking hopefuls, a few notes that repeat the same general themes. We espouse the need to invest

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