Investors Needed to Fund Ideas for New Urban Solutions

Investors Needed to Fund Ideas for New Urban Solutions
By Ron Friesen The rate of change in urban planning, as exemplified in Vancouver, BC is naturally and understandably causing some homeowners and veteran city dwellers to feel their interests and way of life are being left behind. Single-family homes are being replaced at an accelerated rate with multi-family homes along primary transportation corridors. Increased living density delivers a great... Read More

Has Real Estate Become More Valuable, Or Just More Expensive?

Has Real Estate Become More Valuable, Or Just More Expensive?
By Ron Friesen When a commodity does not offer added value in terms of location, shelter or otherwise, but the amount of currency required to obtain ownership has increased we would say it is more expensive, not more valuable. Let’s look at the relationship between purchase price and currency valuation. There are a number of explanations for the recent rapid... Read More

British Columbians bracing for NDP economic hits

British Columbians bracing for NDP economic hits
By Ellsworth Dickson Vancouver radio station CKNW has reported that British Columbia’s NPD leader John Horgan wrote a letter to the president of BC Hydro asking them to stop work on the huge Site C Energy (dam) Project in northern BC. As of today (June 5), John Horgan is not even premier of the province, although he expects to be... Read More

Moody’s Downgrade of Canada’s Big Banks – In Context

Moody’s Downgrade of Canada’s Big Banks – In Context
By Ron Friesen Following the news of Moody’s recently downgrading the credit rating of six of Canada’s big banks we are now in Q2 reporting season for the big five. There is understandable difficulty for many consumers to interpret the news and reports with confidence, especially under exposure to seemingly conflicting views. The credit rating at Canada’s big banks drop... Read More

The Future of Greater Vancouver Residential Real Estate

The Future of Greater Vancouver Residential Real Estate
Risk, Reward and Barriers By Ron Friesen As the Greater Vancouver residential real estate market becomes more and more challenging for local citizens to get into and get ahead in the question of future value becomes more poignant. Discomfort sets in when a risk decision needs to be made about future real estate values. Understandable. We can refer to the... Read More

Has the death of value investing been greatly exaggerated?

Has the death of value investing been greatly exaggerated?
By David Duval These days it would seem that the concept of “value investing” has become an oxymoron given the almost daily price anomalies we see in the global marketplace. Many widely followed stocks are trading at historically high price/earnings multiples despite their poor underlying fundamentals. Rather than invest profits back into their businesses (which might partly explain why the... Read More

SaaS is Back, What You Need to Know

SaaS is Back, What You Need to Know
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company chatter is becoming more frequent again as businesses begin to understand that cloud computing is clearly becoming one of the game changing technologies that will affect how organizations operate. Three quarters of large businesses now consider SaaS tools an essential part of their business. This is according to a new report by GoCardless, based on a poll... Read More

Dollar Cost Averaging into Equities

Dollar Cost Averaging into Equities
During the past year in Canada, both domestically and internationally, we entered 2016 with our national economy on the verge of recession led by a drastic slowdown in Alberta’s economic output under a new provincial government. Consider the significance and scale of the events, the national economic trend has more recently reversed in the back half of the year with... Read More