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.

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 […]
November 9, 2018

Attention to Detail – November 2018

Seth Klarman’s 3 Pillars of Investing (GuruFocus) Investment risk is not the same as volatility. This is a particularly topical axiom given the two market corrections we’ve experienced so far in 2018, and it’s one that’s highlighted by this month’s article (link) which shares the three-pillar investment strategy of Seth […]
October 15, 2018

RESULTS at a glance

U.S. stocks continue to recover from their tumble in February while Canadian markets remain flat year-to-date. This divergence reflects in the CAD/USD exchange rate, which is down 2.5% year-to-date. Long-term bond yields continue to climb in both countries, and while oil has seen a strong rebound, gold has fallen further […]
September 24, 2018

Are the Markets Expensive?

“Buy low, sell high” may be the most renowned catchphrase in all of finance, and rightfully so. It’s a beautiful summation of a sound investment strategy, an adage to help maintain discipline through tough times and exceptional times alike. Even those with little to no investment experience are likely familiar […]
August 13, 2018

Attention to Detail – August 2018

High Quality Vs Low Price (The Safal Niveshak Post) Value investing is often generalized as an approach whereby investors look for “bargain” stock prices, sifting through low price-to-earnings companies to find buy ideas; however, true value investors understand that a low price is no substitute for a quality business. This […]
July 23, 2018

RESULTS at a glance

Stocks have regained some of their lost ground since the correction in February, with Canada and the U.S. seeing low, but positive, market returns year-to-date. Yields were up in both countries thanks to rate hikes, and oil continued its upward momentum. Deteriorating trade relations have, however, led to a weaker […]
June 19, 2018

Tariffs and Trade War – What They Mean for Us

Threat of a “trade war” has made the headlines lately. It started with President Trump’s tariffs on China, aimed at pressuring that country to allow more American investment and discourage further abuses of intellectual property. Now it’s hit us. Steel and aluminum tariffs, from which Canada was initially exempt, are […]
May 17, 2018

Enterprising Investor – Keep It Simple: 11 Rules for Equity Valuations

Enterprising Investor – Keep It Simple: 11 Rules for Equity Valuations The job of investing can feel larger than life at times. Every day, new companies, rules, and securities emerge adding layers of complexity to an already saturated system. Look no further than cryptocurrencies as an example of how financial […]
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 […]
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 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 […]