Market Commentary

November 2020 Update

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake Markets I’m pleased to report that as I write this, the Growth Portfolio is up over 10% for the year, and outperforming the S&P/TSX Composite Index by about 12%. Each of our model portfolios performed well in October, surpassing benchmarks.

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Small Cap Portfolio Review

Portfolio Manager Ben Kizemchuk reviews the Small Cap Portfolio, and discusses recent investments in People Corp (PEO) and Mesa Labs (MLAB).

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Value vs Growth

Portfolio Manager Ben Kizemchuk discusses value investing vs growth investing, why it’s really the same thing, and offers a simpler framework.

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October 2020 Update

Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected? – Bob Dylan Markets With the US election on our doorstep about a month away, I want to share two thoughts on elections vis a vis markets: First, there is no evidence to suggest that one political party is ever better than

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September 2020 Update

Wise to resolve, and patient to perform. – Homer Markets A number of indicators are pointing to solid economic performance, jointly supported by government spending programs, central bank easing, and what I would call a newfound spirit of public cooperation. Particularly, US new home sales, which has been an important

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August 2020 Update

A page of history is worth a volume of logic. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Markets I am pleased to report another month of positive performance from each of the four portfolio strategies. Notably, Canadian Growth continues to outperform the TSX Index by a substantial margin over the past twelve months.

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July 2020 Update

Birds build nests because they cannot fly forever. – Matshona Dhliwayo Markets This month I watched three incredible stories unfold. First, a popular day trader pulled three scrabble letters out of a bag to form a stock symbol, which he and his hundreds of thousands of online followers bought without

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June 2020 Update

The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. – Ernest Hemingway Markets I am pleased to report that as of the time of writing, the Growth Portfolio is now positive on a year to date basis, positive on a one year basis, and that all

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May 2020 Update

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential – Winston Churchill Markets I am pleased to report that the Growth Portfolio recorded its best month on record this April, up 15%, and that all mandates increased in value over the month, as of the time

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April 2020 Update

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. – Seneca  Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because is serves up bargain purchases. – Warren Buffett Markets I am pleased to report each of the four portfolios outperformed their benchmarks again

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Canadian Government Action & Financial Implications

These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary measures to help our country navigate the financial pressures resulting from the economic climate. The Federal Government announced today measures to help Canadian individuals and business owners cope with the fallout from COVID-19. It is important to understand that most of the measures

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February 2020 Update

For all your days prepare, And meet them ever alike: When you are the anvil, bear – When you are the hammer, strike. – Edwin Markham Markets Each of the Portfolios supplied better performance than its benchmark over a volatile February. Stocks fell quickly and substantially, particularly the last week

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January 2020 Update

Let joy be in your journey, not some distant goal. – Tim Cook, Apple CEO Markets For the most part our companies had a great start to 2020. Our energy companies in the Growth Portfolio gave back some of the recent gains on corona virus fears, which was offset partially

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December 2019 Update

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust It is the emptiness within the cup that makes it useful. – Lao-tzu Markets Value stocks continued their march higher in December, granting the Growth Portfolio another one of its best

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