Moguls or slopestyle: What kind of portfolio do you have?

Freestyle skiers at Lake Placid, New York. Skiing, like investing, involves an assessment of risks. This past weekend I got some great exposure to the freestyle skiing scene while taking in my son’s first competition in the sport. I have to admit that it is quite exciting to watch, especially the high-flying tricks in the two …

Want to know how risky your portfolio is? How it performed in 2018 will give you a good idea

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) require that investment dealers and counsellors show clients their portfolio returns and fees paid in an annual report.Brent Lewin/Bloomberg Your year-end investment statement will be hitting the mailbox any day now. You’ll also be receiving important supplementary information. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) require that investment dealers and counsellors show …

Five deeply ingrained misconceptions about the market

Too many investors believe the stock market is predictable.Richard Drew/AP Photo “Just 20 years ago, 29 per cent of the world population lived in extreme poverty. Now that number is nine per cent.” This is one of many interesting facts in a Hans Rosling book, Factfulness — Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things …

New Fed chair Powell says U.S. economic outlook strong, signals gradual rate hikes in public debut

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.Carolyn Kaster / AP WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told Congress Tuesday that the outlook for the U.S. economy “remains strong” despite the recent stock market turbulence, keeping the central bank on track to gradually raise interest rates. Making his first public comments as leader of the nation’s …

Vanguard Investments to introduce its first mutual funds in Canada

TORONTO — Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. says it has filed a preliminary prospectus with Canadian securities regulators to offer four low-cost and actively managed mutual funds. This represents Vanguard’s first suite of mutual funds in Canada and will complement the firm’s 36 exchange-traded funds in the country. Franklin Templeton boosts Canadian ETF offerings with Emerging …

Move over Apple, Amazon, marijuana is coming to the Nasdaq

Toronto-based Cronos produces and sells medical marijuana in Canada.Postmedia News The Nasdaq Stock Market will list its first cannabis shares on Tuesday, marking a key milestone for an industry that has been rejected by the Trump administration. Cronos Group Inc., which already trades in Canada, will be the first marijuana company on a major U.S. …