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February Newsletter - Scott's Memories of Black Monday

Published by Scott Blair on Feb 13, 2018

This month's Newsletter is a bit more personal than most. On October 19, 1987, Black Monday, I was on the bond desk.  We had spent the summer setting up Freedom Bond brokers as a business and I ran the... Continue reading

January Newsletter - 2018 Looks Good, but not All Good

Published by Scott Blair on Jan 23, 2018

First the Facts   Let’s start with the facts, then move to the bad news and then the good news. Below is a picture of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the last 10 years. From the high in May of 2008... Continue reading

Apps To Help You Save

Published by Alexander Hutchison on Dec 15, 2017

One thing you can hear in the office almost daily is Scott saying, “If you haven’t saved any money, you won’t have any money to invest.” A good saving habit is paramount for any financial plan. The only... Continue reading

Your Financial Fitness: Test and Improve it!

Published by Scott Blair on Nov 10, 2017

When it comes to financial literacy in Canada there are three types of people. Those that get it and those that don’t.   (Sorry, old joke)   Kidding aside, November is financial literacy month.   Our ... Continue reading

Who Do You Look to For Advice?

Published by Scott Blair on Oct 29, 2017

Ours is a funny business. We are by definition Investment Advisors but the connotation is that we help only in what stock to choose (or mutual fund or sector). These are investment decisions, but are ... Continue reading

October Newsletter - How much do you leave behind?

Published by Scott Blair on Oct 23, 2017

It’s hard to put a number on. Most parents with kids and grandkids and/or charities would like to leave something but the question is how much and what would this leave for them to live on?   Said differently... Continue reading

Time to Kick the "Home Bias"

Published by Scott Blair on Sep 26, 2017

Global Economies are Healthy – International Investing is Good Diversification   Time to kick the “Home Bias”   Global Manufacturing PMI Heat Map: The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is an indicator ... Continue reading

U.S. Dollar is at its lowest level in 3 years

Published by Scott Blair on Sep 18, 2017

Very interesting article.   http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/14/news/economy/us-dollar-2-year-low/index.html   ... Continue reading

The Secret Economic Lives of Animals

Published by Scott Blair on Aug 01, 2017

This has nothing to do with investments or insurance, it's just a fun, interesting read. Enjoy   https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-biological-markets/ ... Continue reading

Want to Make a Bet?

Published by Zoe Adrian on Jun 15, 2017

Here’s the scenario:  Would you take a coin toss bet where you win $200 on heads and lose $100 on tails?  If you could play it twice, would that make it more or less appealing?    Dr. Shlomo Benartzi ... Continue reading