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September Market Insights by James Thorne

Covid’s Lasting Economic Scar & A Goldilocks 2022?   Download this article as a PDF.   “This porridge is just right.” – Goldilocks and the Three Bears As the delta variant exerts its strength, the world is coming to terms with the sobering reality that Covid-19 is not going away

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August Market Insights by James Thorne: The Case for Deflation

The Case for Deflation: Central Banks & Princes of the Yen Download this article as a PDF. “Central banks have the power to create economic, political and social change.” — Princes of the Yen, 2003. In his book, Princes of the Yen, Richard Werner warns us to never underestimate the central bank’s ability

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July Market Insights by James Thorne

Meme Stocks, Millennials and The Fourth Turning Download this article as a PDF. “We are the middle children of history…raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very

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June Market Insights by James Thorne

Welcome to the Matrix: Cryptocurrencies   Download this article as a PDF.   “Denial is the most predictable of all human responses.” — The Architect, The Matrix, 1999. In The Matrix, one of the top cyberpunk movies of all time1, the protagonist, Neo, is offered the option of a red

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Casablanca: The New Commodity Supercycle

“Just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.” (Casablanca, 1942) Perhaps one of the greatest films of all time, Casablanca is a love story about an American expat facing the moral dilemma of choosing between his love for a woman and helping the escape of her

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Federal Budget Commentary

Economic and Tax Highlights from the 2021 Federal Budget “The truth is that the tragedy of COVID-19 has created a window of opportunity.” On April 19, 2021, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland delivered the Liberal government’s first budget in over two years. The

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Market Insights: The 2020s: A Roaring Repeat?

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Depicting a period of dramatic social, technological and economic change, The Great Gatsby, set in 1922, is often seen as a somber critique of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby

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Market Insights: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

The year was 1787. At the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall and someone shouted: “Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To this, Franklin reportedly replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Threatened by the rise of populism, the effects of

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Through The Gates Of History – Dr. Jim Thorne

“Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, one commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.” — The Fourth Turning, William Strauss & Neil Howe Strauss and Howe’s book, “The Fourth Turning,” describes

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Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Welcomes Michelle Connolly

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Connolly CPA, CA, TEP, CFP as SVP, Advanced Wealth Planning Group in Toronto. Michelle’s expertise guiding many of Canada’s top financial planning and taxation teams further enriches our industry-leading approach to holistic wealth management.

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Market Insights: The Secret of Change

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Dan Millman, Author We are living through a period of extreme change because the context that defines our lives has forever changed. Context — the circumstances that form

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Market Insights: Hong Kong “The Last Dance”

“Greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era” Michael Jordan   Both China and the USA, and for that matter, Trump and Xi, are striving for greatness just as Michael Jordan did in the 1990s. In “The Last Dance” documentary, which introduced a generation to possibly

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Inflation on The Other Side of The Valley

  “Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change” – Milton Freidman   Will one of the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis be a return to the inflationary era of the 1970s?  Sometimes we take the consequences of evolution for granted. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, many

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Wellington-Altus rated best investment advisory firm in Canada

WINNIPEG, May 1, 2020 /CNW/ — Wellington-Altus Private Wealth (Wellington-Altus) has been rated as the top investment advisory firm in the 2020 Brokerage Report Card, conducted by industry publication, Investment Executive. The results are a true reflection of Wellington-Altus’ unwavering commitment to attracting and retaining top-tier talent across the board.

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Market Insights – Volatility Measures and Opportunities

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” – Charles Goodhart   Goodhart’s Law, first introduced in 1975, suggests that once an observed empirical relationship begins to be widely used for decision making, it will no longer work. Goodhart’s Law was first applied to economic,

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COVID-19 Market Commentary

“The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to the optimist and buys from the pessimist” Benjamin Graham   Throughout our lives we all experience grief, which may have a variety of causes, one being events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing. In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross described

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