Digging deeper into the mining rally

Domestic mining stocks are having a terrific 2016 with the SandP/TSX diversified metals and mining index higher by 122 per cent. This incredible performance is entirely justified by global metals prices - the SandP GSCI industrial metals index is also climbing (less dramatically) - but the difficult part is figuring out the fundamental basis for the commodity price strength.   Thursday, October 27, 2016

Price weakness: To buy or not to buy?

Buying shares of a stock on weakness can prove to be a successful portfolio management strategy. Price weakness is not always a bad thing. In fact, at times, it can be welcomed, representing an opportunity to buy a solid company at a discount or bargain price. A key objective is to determine whether price weakness is indeed a buying opportunity.   Thursday, October 27, 2016


Bay Street declines Canadian stocks slid back from a five-day rally as a drop in commodities prices pressured oil and gold companies. Enbridge fell 0.9 per cent and TransCanada was down 1.4 per cent. Barrick fell 2.1 per cent. Restaurant Brands International fell 4.5 per cent despite posting third-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates.   Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Canadians need to understand the vital importance of export pipelines

Economist and commodity market specialist in Vancouver. She developed the Scotiabank Commodity Price Index, the first of its kind for Canada.Much has been said and written about the vital need to build oil export pipelines to the coasts of British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. Yet many Canadians still appear unaware of how critically important this is to our economy.   Tuesday, October 25, 2016