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Vancouver is An Island
If you talk to even a few Vancouverites about real estate, it won’t take long for you to hear the statement, “Vancouver is an island,” in defense of Vancouver’s extremely high house prices. Vancouver developers have been wildly successful at selling Vancouverites this concept. It goes like this, Vancouver is…
By:  in  Real Estate  >  Homes   Feb 08, 2015  
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When Real Estate is All That's Left
The Canadian economy used to stand on multiple legs, including a wide assortment of commodities, from wheat and grains, to copper and gold, to oil, all the way to car manufacturing and financial services and real estate. But one by one these legs are getting knocked out. As it stands…
By:  in  Real Estate  >  Homes   Feb 08, 2015  
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2015 Isn't Going Well for Canada
Every year, people begin with high hopes and celebrations, expecting the coming year to bring them good times, prosperity, and of course, happiness. Sounds good, but it’s not working out that way for Canada so far, just ask Stephen Harper, he’s probably having the worst year of his career, if…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Economics   Feb 08, 2015  
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The Blowoff Top
There’s a term used by investors called a Blow off top. It refers to the one last surge a market makes before coming crashing down to reality. It’s usually an impressive event, adding double digit gains in mere weeks or months to investor’s portfolios. It leaves everyone feeling downright exuberant,…
By:  in  Real Estate  >  Homes   Feb 07, 2015  
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Which Will Be the Last City Standing?
Canadian real estate has only two cities left standing, Vancouver and Toronto. Don’t tell Torontonians or Vancouverites that though, they think the entire country is still booming. That’s natural, everyone projects their own reality onto the world. If their life is good, the world is good, and vice versa. Back…
By:  in  Real Estate  >  Homes   Feb 07, 2015  
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Why Oil Won't Go Back Up Anytime Soon
But this time is quite different from 2008. Oil hasn’t crashed due to a financial panic or economic collapse, it’s just crashed. We’re finding out more and more though, like a dwindling demand, oversupply, huge increase in production from shale producers, etc. And lastly, because unlike every other time in…
By:  in  Investing  >  Stocks   Feb 05, 2015  
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Sovereign Wealth Funds
Many have heard the term, “Sovereign Wealth Fund,” but its meaning is elusive. Sovereign wealth funds are funds of capital used by nations for investing. Roughly 70% of them are created by oil producing nations, which normally enjoy excess cash due to their oil revenues. This cash is put to…
By:  in  Finance  >  Wealth Building   Feb 05, 2015  
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Canada Reduces Job Creation By 35%
It’s becoming increasingly clear that there are serious problems at Statscan, Canada’s statistics agency. In 2014, they released jobs numbers which were suddenly abysmal, far below the average, then they retracted them and replaced them with more normal numbers, some say a little too normal. In retrospect, it looks as…
By:  in  Investing  >  Stocks   Feb 01, 2015  
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There Will Be No Qe4
Today’s FOMC meeting was a stunner to the markets. The Federal Reserve has been saying they will raise interest rates for months now, but nobody actually believes them, because, as everyone knows, the economy isn’t anywhere near as strong as the FED says it is. For the past 6 years,…
By:  in  Investing  >  Stocks   Feb 01, 2015  
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The Little Known Fact About Vancouver
When you talk about Vancouver, most people think of expensive housing, beauty, and maybe a very high Asian population. These are all true, but Vancouver has another notable feature which most aren’t aware of. It has North America’s highest per capita gay population. Per capita, there are more gay people…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Jan 26, 2015  
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