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.

May 8, 2018

Derek Dedman among 2018 Forty Under 40 recipients!

WDS wishes to congratulate Derek, as well as every notable 2018 winner. You are all stand-outs as Ottawa’s next generation of leaders. Every great achievement is done slowly through a series of little steps. No one hands you a road map with directions, especially for a self-made person like Derek. His […]
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 […]
November 20, 2017

Attention to Detail – November Edition

A Checklist for Trusting Management (GuruFocus). Great companies come in different shapes and sizes, with varying strengths and capabilities, but something that stands out as an absolute must across all sectors and industries is a responsible and proactive management team. The actions of those at the top will determine whether […]
November 3, 2017

Rebalancing discipline– through good and bad times

Equities have continued to shine this year.  Given stock-market-momentum, it’s likely a good time for many investors to rebalance their portfolios.  Rebalancing is the action of adjusting a portfolio’s asset class allocations from its current weightings–determined by market forces–back to the policy’s optimal weights.  In this blog we briefly explain […]
October 6, 2017

RESULTS at a glance

Canadian stocks and gold prices both rose in the third quarter of 2017.  U.S. stocks were up, though the majority of the gains were lost due to the loonie’s strength this quarter. Long-term bond yields diverged, rising in Canada while relatively flat in the U.S.  The price of oil recovered […]
September 14, 2017

Attention to Details – September Edition

Short-Term Noise and Long–Term Investing: An example of why long-term investing is harder than it sounds (GuruFocus). One of the most difficult tasks faced by investors is maintaining conviction with a company in the face of short-term, negative price action. Quite often, it is the noise of a stock’s recent […]
April 5, 2019

RESULTS at a glance – 1Q19

2019 started off strong, with Canadian and U.S. markets both experiencing low-teen returns in the first quarter. At the same time, 10-year government yields have fallen in both countries as central banks signaled a pause in their rate hikes; in the U.S., this has led to a yield inversion, with […]
March 8, 2019

Attention to Detail – March 2019

An Important Lesson From Ben Graham by Charlie Munger (GuruFocus) This month’s article (link) features a short excerpt from an old Outstanding Investor Digest issue, in which Charlie Munger himself recalls an encounter he had with his investment mentor, Ben Graham, that taught him a valuable lesson about corporate management. […]
January 29, 2019

RESULTS at a glance – 2018 Year End

It was a tough year, with two corrections causing both Canadian and U.S. markets to experience negative returns in 2018. The Canadian dollar erased much of its progress against the greenback despite rising interest rates in Canada. Oil prices dropped drastically after rallying throughout most of the year. Gold, while down […]
December 14, 2018

Attention to Detail – December 2018

Zoom Out, Baby, Zoom Out (Safal Niveshak) Talk about a lousy way to end the year; as if the 10% and 8% drops in the S&P500 and TSX at the start of 2018 weren’t enough, the last three months have erased all gains year-to-date. Things are looking pretty rough outside […]