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January 18, 2007

By Tom Bradley

Going Global

Posted by Scott Ronalds For a while, my partner Tom Bradley has been talking about how Canadian investors are less diversified than they should be ( Feeling Comfortable? Maybe it's Time to Shake Up Your Portfolio ). At times, it's ...

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January 12, 2007

By Tom Bradley

In Investing or Exercise, There are No Quick Fixes

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Published January 12, 2007 The YWCA that I go to is always busier in the early part of January. This year is no exception. As part of our New Year's resolutions, we all ...

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January 5, 2007

By Tom Bradley

Why we Have Too Many Mutual Funds

As of this week, there is a new mutual fund on the market called the Mackenzie Founders Fund. The fund will invest equally in four of Mackenzie's oldest funds. It will be automatically rebalanced to maintain an equal weighting in ...

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January 5, 2007

By Tom Bradley

Predictions are Easy - on Anything but the Market, that is

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Published December 29, 2006 I'm not one to make predictions on what the capital markets are going to do in the next year, or three years for that matter. But with my editors ...

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January 2, 2007

By Tom Bradley

Option Pricing - Where do you Draw the Line?

Compared to the Enron / Worldcom blowups, the options pricing scandal we're going through now is very low key. Enron et al were front page news for a long time. The options scandal is strictly a page 8 item in ...

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December 22, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Too Good to be True

I came across a wonderful quote yesterday. I was reading a piece I'd found on the Tocqueville Asset Management website (www. tocqueville.com) written by their Chairman, Francois Sicart. "I never invest in a situation in which I cannot lose money" ...

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December 18, 2006

By Tom Bradley

If these Investment Vehicles were Ice Cream, I'd Take Vanilla

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Published December 15, 2006 I've been in the investment business since 1983 and I find that with each passing year simplicity becomes more and more appealing. And I don't think I'm alone; it's ...

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December 16, 2006

By Tom Bradley

U.S. Housing: Long, Extreme Up Cycle... Quick, Painless Down Cycle? Not Likely

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal this week (December 13, 2006) which suggested that first-time buyers were starting to look at homes again. The reasoning was that prices had come down a little and affordability was better. ...

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December 7, 2006

By Tom Bradley

ETFs - I've Seen This Movie Before

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a great product. They provide exposure to the equity market for a reasonable price. If you buy the iShares XICs, you can be assured of getting the return of the S&P/TSX 60 for only 0.17%. That's ...

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December 1, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Signed!

We're thrilled to announce that we've signed three leading money managers to the Steadyhand team. They will manage 4 of our 5 funds. This day comes after months of research, deep thinking, interviews, unhealthy lunches and airport line-ups (who knew ...

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December 1, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Don't be Afraid of Market Risk; It Can Lead to a Better Retirement

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Published December 1, 2006 I was talking to a friend last weekend about our new mutual fund company. After I took him through the fund lineup, he asked me what our hedging strategy ...

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November 17, 2006

By Tom Bradley

Income Trusts: It's all About the Fundamentals

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Published November 17, 2006 "It's like a spotlight in the darkness... it focuses on what's moving and everything else is blotted in the darkness." Those words came from Eric Sevareid in a PBS ...

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