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A Look at the Market’s Big Picture

Just a few days into August and markets seem to have picked up where they left off in July. Here’s a summary of market action and key developments from last month, including monthly benchmarks. Investors saw more data indicating that healing is underway in the global economy. Increased optimism paved the way for a fifth consecutive month of gains across world markets. International stocks advanced. The MSCI World Index returned

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Summer 2009 Stock Market Evaluation

With the end of June comes the start of summer: warm air, hot beaches and, sometimes, choppy waters. The following is a recap of last month’s market action and key developments from “30,000 feet” . The month of June saw North American stocks end up in slightly positive territory. On a total return basis, the S&P/TSX Composite Index gained 0.3% and the S&P 500 Index was up just 0.2% . However,

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Investment Indicators Looking ‘Less Bad’

In a downturn of this magnitude, before things start to look ‘good’ we first look for them to be ‘less bad’ than they have been over a broad number of indicators. Although not necessarily over a broad range of indicators, the ‘less bad’ theme is becoming more evident as we move into the second quarter of 2009. Below are a few summary points including a couple of references to the

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How Mortgages Create and Decimate Wealth

Yes, I used it…the dreaded “M” word. To be honest, I am sick and tired of everyone and their dog running around spouting off about the housing market and sub-prime mortgages etc. Aren’t you? The fact of the matter is that for the average person, the only mortgage that actually matters is their own! A mortgage is a tool used for financial leverage. In fact, it is one of the

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