Canada Bonds

Throw Away Your Bond Ladder

Coreen T. Sol, CFA | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Business
Coreen T. Sol, CFA

The first step is to devote just enough funds in short-term vehicles or ones that mature when you need specific payments. Pension funds have been using the strategy of liability matching, for generations where they meet liability payments with specific investments coming due at that same time.

Why Argentina's Rulers and Cronies Are Fair Game

Patricia Adams | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

Argentinians would not need to suffer if assets hidden from creditors could be recovered and, in any case, the country need not default. As a senior portfolio manager at Elliott Management wrote in the Financial Times, Argentina "could easily afford to pay all of its defaulted debt tomorrow."

Currencies Are Another Casualty of Quantitative Easing's Final Act

Peter Hall | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Just over a year ago, markets went into a tailspin. At that time then-Fed Chairman Bernanke made what was supposed to be a benign announcement that gave new meaning to the word "taper." Currencies were thrust into the mayhem well ahead of the statement becoming action, as markets tried to anticipate the pricing effects of this new monetary regime. Tapering is now well underway; how are currencies weathering the storm?

Will a Soccer Match Decide Greece's EU Fate?

Diane Francis | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Diane Francis

Greeks will watch the Euro 2012 soccer match between their country and Russia before going to the polls on June 17. If the Greeks lose, the country will vote to stay in the Eurozone. If they win, all bets are off. But, like football, forecasting is impossible (unless the games are rigged) which means that anything can happen. Here are three possible scenarios.

How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take?

Andrew Pyle | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada Business
Andrew Pyle

While Principal Protected Notes become more enticing when in we're engulfed in an environment of uncertainty, they are still not widely understood. The key flaw in these products is that they blur what is the most fundamental decision an investor must make -- whether or not to take risk and, if so, how much?

Loonar Eclipse

Andrew Pyle | Posted 11.26.2011 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

For snowbirds looking to make their annual sojourn to southern U.S. climates, this recent weakness in the canuck buck couldn't have come at a worse time. My advice for those who are going to be looking to convert Loonies for greenbacks is to stagger those purchases over the next few months.

Rachel Mendleson

How The Debt Crisis Makes This A Good Time To Get A Mortgage

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada Business

If the mortgage meltdown that nearly laid waste to the global economy a few years ago taught us anything, it's that you should never base your decisio...

Don't Stretch for Yield

Andrew Pyle | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

For many Canadians on a fixed income, the last 10 years have been tough, to say nothing of the most recent couple. In an ultra-conservative portfo...