Category Archives: Economy

13 Tips for Jobless Grads on Surviving the Basement Years

13 Tips for Jobless Grads on Surviving the Basement Years I feel the one of the toughest times in a young person’s life is the period between the point they graduate up until they land that first “real” job (i.e. a … Continue reading

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The Coming Retirement Burden

The Coming Retirement Burden This is a US article but the message and facts equally apply to Canadians.  CPP is, for the most part, a pay-as-you-go wealth distribution scheme, meaning your CPP deductions are simply transferred to a current retiree in … Continue reading

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The Future of Shopping

The Future of Shopping One of my favourite writers, Megan McArdle, writes about how shopping has changed with the emergence of ‘showrooming’.  Showrooming is where one visits a big-box store only to see the physical product.  They do not, however, … Continue reading

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The Insourcing Boom

The Insourcing Boom An economic axiom has prevailed that America would  never again be able to compete for manufacturing jobs against rival countries with their rock-bottom labour costs.   This Atlantic article talks about General Electric and their storied Kentucky ‘Appliance … Continue reading

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Should We Worry About Rising Interest Rates?

Should We Worry About Rising Interest Rates? The math of bonds is as follows:  When interest rates go down (like they have now for such a long period) bond prices rise and investors can enjoy capital gains in addition to … Continue reading

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Sponging Boomers

Sponging Boomers  This is a fantastic article. A reconciliation of economic realities and unsustainable government promises has barely begun; but it most certainly has started and will inevitably continue.  Make no mistake about it – it will happen. How this … Continue reading

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Is College a Lousy Investment?

Is College a Lousy Investment? One of the more disconcerting consequences of the recent economic turmoil has been how it forces us to question things that previously seemed sacrosanct. Fortunately for us Canadians, tuition rates here are far less onerous … Continue reading

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Friends in low places

Friends in low places This article will be too dry and boring to appeal to most readers, but those who are boring and dry like me may like it. There are two key takeaways: One, that interest rates and bond … Continue reading

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A contrarian moment

A contrarian moment To be clear, I am not posting this article to give any opinion on European markets at this precise moment.  I felt this article was post-worthy for two reasons:  One, because it was different than everything else … Continue reading

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The Future is More Than Facebook

The Future is More Than Facebook This is a very interesting article that looks at Silicon Valley’s innovation in social media, and asks whether America can innovate in other critical areas such as transportation, health care, water delivery, etc. This … Continue reading

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