A lot has changed…

Technology has made the world smaller. Things move fast and things change even faster. The news, views, and concerns of the world make it to our screens in the matter of seconds. When it comes to wealth management and investing, it can be hard to keep perspective.

April 3, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 1Q20

COVID-19 hit markets hard in the first quarter of 2020. With countries restricting travel and populations practicing social distancing, markets in Canada, the U.S., and internationally fell by approximately 20 to 25 per cent from their 2019 year-end values. Emergency rate cuts in Canada and the U.S. effectively brought policy […]
March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Uncertainty – Framing the Situation

Many are concerned that a new strain of coronavirus that has ravaged China may prompt the recession we have been expecting for so long, spreading globally and forcing factories to shut down, consumers to stay home and businesses to shrink operations. The concern has led to a newsworthy sell off […]
January 24, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 4Q19

Markets had a tremendous year, fully reversing the slump that occurred in 2018 and pushing past new highs in Canada and the U.S. Yields fell in Canada and the U.S., with three Federal Funds rate cuts causing a steeper decline in the States. Oil prices rebounded following rising tensions with […]
November 22, 2019

Deflating the Index Fund Bubble Argument

Back in September, Bloomberg released an interview with hedge fund manager Michael Burry (link). Burry is famous for predicting the housing market bubble of 2008; he is even depicted by Christian Bale in “The Big Short” film, based on the book by Michael Lewis. In this interview, however, Burry expressed […]
October 7, 2019

RESULTS at a glance – 3Q19

Trends from the first half of the year continued into the third quarter of 2019. Canadian and U.S. markets sustained their turbulent upward trajectory while 10-year government yields continued to sink, with the Federal Reserve cutting rates twice since the end of July. With the Bank of Canada holding steady […]
August 19, 2019

Attention to Detail – August 2019

Strategic Value Investing: Industry Analysis (GuruFocus) In the world of active management, investors can be easily infatuated by the qualities of a company. A business with healthy margins, high historical growth rates, and a solid balance sheet may stand out as an attractive buy. But as this month’s article points […]
July 19, 2019

RESULTS at a glance – 2Q19

Canadian and U.S. markets hit new highs this year, recovering their losses from the December drop of 2018. A pause in rate hikes has led to a decline in bond yields, and the Federal Reserve’s dovish tone towards the economy has allowed the Canadian dollar to appreciate. Oil prices have […]
June 14, 2019

The Buyback – Why You Shouldn’t Shut Down Non-Dividend Stocks

“Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.” That’s a quote from John D. Rockefeller, the first U.S. billionaire in history, and while investors today (hopefully) have other joys in life, many within the value investment community share Rockefeller’s love for […]
May 7, 2019

Richard Coffin receives his CFA designation!

WDS proudly announces that Richard Coffin, the newest face at the company, has received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. The CFA is one of the most respected professional finance designations, considered a “gold standard” in the field of investment analysis. CFA holders have thoroughly studied a spectrum of topics […]
April 6, 2018

RESULTS at a glance

It’s been a rough start to 2018. Stocks fell in the first quarter in Canada and the U.S., while both countries’ long-term bond yields increased. The Canadian dollar took a hit, falling 2.4% as NAFTA negotiations with Mexico and the U.S. continue. Oil prices saw strong appreciation. Gold ended the […]
February 26, 2018

Attention To Detail – February 2018

GuruFocus – How Warren Buffett Acts in a Flash Crash Just recently, we saw what is technically defined as a “correction”; the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped just over 10% between January 26th and February 8th. While it can be nerve racking to watch your stocks slump, times like these […]
January 25, 2018

RESULTS at a glance – 2017 Year End

After a sub-par start, Canadian equities played quick catch-up.  U.S. stocks had robust returns, though lowered substantially by the loonie’s surge.  Short-term interest rates are rising, in Canada and the U.S.  Oil broke out of its slump ending higher than analysts’ forecasts.  Gold experienced redemption in 2017, too.  Read more […]