Contributing Editors' Blog Entries

Leo Kolivakis's picture

The pension debate needs to reopened. It's not a Conservative, Liberal or New Democratic issue, it's about doing what's best for hard working Canadians. The reforms proposed today are simply not enough and will leave far too many Canadians teetering on the edge of pension poverty. Surely we can do better. We owe it to millions of Canadians that through no fault of their own, have fallen victim to vagaries of the market.

Vitaliy Katsenelson's picture

I originally wrote this list of recommended books last year; recently I updated and added a few more. I hope to keep adding to it every year. It contains six sections: Selling, Think Like an Investor, Behavioral Investing, Economics, Stock Market History, and Books for the Soul. Due to its length, I divided it into two parts. Here is part 2. I hope you enjoy it.

Reggie Middleton's picture

If history has taught us anything, it is that those with the most money are not necessarily those that are best at investing money. There is a saying that encapsulates this in a somewhat more erudite manner (I would never be so forward, or so rude :-)) - "When playing poker, look around the table. If you can't find the sucker, it is probably you!". Obviously, the guys at Capmark didn't read BoomBustBlog...

Reggie Middleton's picture

You know, I happen to really, really appreciate the blogoshpere. There are a select handful of blogs that offer unique, insightful and very difficult to come by expertise, opinion and commentary. Much more so than the mainstream media and even more so than the more specialized media. Despite this, there are certain components of the MSM and corporate America that still do not respect the blogs. Now, why is that? Well, I dare you - no, I double dare you - to find an MSM outlet that performs investigative analysis at the level of the top blogs. I'm not even going to bother to mention who those blogs are (hint, hint), but just want to throw the challenge out there as I show how PNC may have possibly pulled the wool over the collective media, sell side and market's eyes.

Reggie Middleton's picture

Surprisingly good earnings, 10%+ rise in share price, declining charge offs and 90 day late paying loans, lower loss provisioning, rosy review from the media and more BUY, BUY, BUY signals from the sell side - what more could one ask from an anointed 19 bank? Well, for starters, we could request that their non-performing assets stop increasing at unprecedented rates. If not that, then we can always ask why reduce loss provisioning in the face of climbing non-performing loans...

Leo Kolivakis's picture

The rally in global stock markets has helped fuel the partial recovery in OECD pension assets but it will take years before these assets fully recover. Why? Because given the low bond yields throughout the developed world, it is unrealistic to expect stocks to continue rising at this blistering pace. Moreover, the fundamentals suggest the recovery will be more modest than what is currently priced in.

Econophile's picture

My criticism of the "public option" proposal urged by MoveOn spokesperson Heather Graham drew some jeers from the pack, so I thought I'd expound on the topic of national health care. This first article is about the experience of other countries. To come up with the best system possible, why not take a look at systems around the world that are run or sponsored by governments. Do some research and find out what works and what doesn’t. Also, we should be very skeptical of cost estimates for the proposed system.