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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Discipline, Patience and Courage ... and a Little Cheating

Originally published: April, 2004 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: Being successful at investing is hard. It takes discipline, patience and courage. If investors don't possess those traits, they should consider other alternatives. The ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

In Defense of the Lowly Mutual Fund II

Originally published: July, 2004 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In the spring of 2004, the Globe & Mail did a series of articles on the mutual fund industry. The tone was pretty damning. ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Just Plain Wrong

Originally published: October, 2003 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: There are rules of thumb in the investment industry that get established despite the fact that they aren't necessarily correct. This article discusses four ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

In Search of a Better Balance

Originally published: July, 2003 ( Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In 2003, there was a lot of press on the conflicts of interest that are inherent in the investment industry. At that time, ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

A View From the Bottom

Originally published: April, 2003 ( Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: The stock market had been going down for three years. Three year returns for the Canadian and U.S. markets (Cdn $) were -11% ...

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August 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

What Appears Obvious is Probably Untrue

Originally published: July, 2002 (Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Quarterly Report) Context of the article: In the summer of 2002, we were well into a bear market for equities. This article is build around the fact that when everyone ...

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August 11, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Will the Next 5 Years Look Like the Last 5?

With all the performance data from the June 30th quarter-end piled up on my desk and getting staler by the minute, I thought I'd better get at it. I was going through the SEI Pooled Fund survey (which reviews the ...

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August 4, 2006

By Tom Bradley

How Does It Feel To Be An Underdog?

In today's National Post, Jonathan Chevreau writes about Steadyhand Investment Funds in a story entitled: ' A tough way to start a fund '.  This article certainly reminds Neil and me of the challenges we face in selling directly to ...

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August 3, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Will I Ever Feel the Same About Westjet Again?

It's been a couple of weeks since Westjet settled with Air Canada for $15 million. As you may remember, Air Canada was suing Westjet for commercial espionage. Westjet was caught illegally stealing data on flight loads from Air Canada's data ...

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August 3, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Principal-protected Notes Give Investors Worst of Both Worlds

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, Guest Column Published August 1st, 2006 As I contemplate starting a new investment company, I've had to assess what form it will take. Specifically, I've been trying to decide whether the good ol' ...

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August 1, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Looking for a CFO

I mentioned in my last posting that Neil Jensen and I (along with a few other like-minded people) are starting a new mutual fund company, Steadyhand Investment Funds Inc . We are at the stage now where one of those ...

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July 31, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Who'd Be Crazy Enough to Start a New Mutual Fund?

Us - that's who! I am partnering with Neil Jensen and a few other like-minded people to start Steadyhand Investment Funds . We're hoping to open the doors in the first quarter of 2007, although the date will be highly ...

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