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Why Investment Bankers Are Bad Investors

Friendly Neighbourhood Investment Banker Not A Stock Picker Seems counterintuitive right? People who literally look at stocks all day and tell corporates how to take on corporate actions (such as mergers & acquisitions, dividend hikes and share repurchases, and play Nostradamus on how the market will respond to things in glossy

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

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