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Investing in Stocks Today with the Trump Backdrop

After a steady, low volatility rise in markets buoyed by the perception of a pro-business Trump government, promises of government driven infrastructure spend and large corporate tax cuts being effected. As covered extensively in the market news media, stock prices have been expensive and are amidst one of the longest bull

Buying Property as an Investment for Young Professionals

Sell Side Handbook regularly advocates for young professionals to invest their savings in the stock market as it is the best way to grow wealth. Cash in a savings account is stagnant and erodes in value over time due to price inflation over time. Investing spare funds ensures that money

Canadian Cannabis Industry Stocks Overview

Rise of the Medical (and Recreational) Cannabis Industry Around the world attitudes towards cannabis are beginning to relax. In recent years, the view has shifted from marijuana being a dangerous drug to a viable medicine. Although already commercially sold for medical use, recreational use is increasingly seeing decriminalization and non-black market

What Are Segregated Funds? Should You Buy Segregated Funds?

Segregated funds are mutual funds with embedded derivatives or insurance policies. For instance, a segregated fund may be a mutual fund that is similar to most other mutual funds except that they will guarantee 75% of your initial investment provided that you do not collect your money for 10 years.

Interview with: Private Debt Analyst

What is Private Debt? Think Private Equity, but in debt instruments. Private Debt invests in privately placed bonds that are closely negotiated between the bond issuer and purchaser. Debt structures are often highly tailored to the needs of the issuer. Due to this closed negotiation process, private debt investors often can "peek under

Observations on Chinese Assets and Investing

The stock market has continued to move higher to start 2018 as talking heads discuss how long the current bull market has been and how expensive stocks are on a historical basis. Not knowing what to invest in has resulted in flows into alternative investments such as Bitcoin and emerging

Benchmarking & Performance Evaluation for Mutual Funds

The Mutual Fund Conversation Living in a city with a high cost of living makes it difficult to save money. Eventually, most young professionals start earning more as they move up in their career progression or become more responsible for spending/stop living paycheque by paycheque and start investing to grow their

Block Trades/Block Sales

What Is A Block Trade? For a company that is already publicly listed, there are times when an investment bank or a syndicate of investment banks will purchase a significant amount of shares from a major shareholder or group of shareholders in a private, negotiated transaction in what is known as

Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIP)

What is a Dividend Reinvestment Plan/Program (DRIP)? A dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”) is where a dividend paying company allows shareholders to opt for receiving in-kind dividends instead of cash (receiving dividends in the form of additional shares). For DRIPs that are administered out of treasury shares (the company issues new stock instead

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