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

Is BC’s New and Unnatural Political Alliance Good For Anyone?

Is BC’s New and Unnatural Political Alliance Good For Anyone?
By Ron Friesen Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd (TSX:KML) launched their IPO last week at C$17.00 per-share, then opened on the TSX this past Tuesday, May 30 at C$16.06, closing first-day trading at C$16.24. On the morning of day two trading was around C$16.05. Day three, mid-day TSX:KML has rebounded to C$16.41. Investors are showing their opinion of value, and perhaps... 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

Man vs. Machine: Can the retail investor compete with high frequency traders?

Man vs. Machine: Can the retail investor compete with high frequency traders?
By Tony Matos Computerized trading has become a double edged sword in the financial market. Computers have facilitated the ease with which transactions take place, yet with the introduction of High Frequency Trading (HFT) in 1999, many believe that the technology has advanced to the point of becoming a torment. High Frequency Trading is capable of completing trading transactions in... Read More

Vancouver Housing Market Data on Foreign Nationals Released

Vancouver Housing Market Data on Foreign Nationals Released
The provincial government has unveiled data on foreign home ownership this morning in Victoria which the government started tracking less than a month ago. Chinese foreign real estate investors have been singled out as the driving force behind the skyrocketing housing prices in the Lower Mainland. Buyers of homes were asked to disclose on property tax transfer forms, their country... Read More

Vancouver Real Estate Market Will Crash 30% to 80% Says Market Guru

Vancouver Real Estate Market Will Crash 30% to 80% Says Market Guru
The Vancouver housing market has been over performing for the past two years to what looks like a bubble. Foreign investment, over-bidding and slack mortgage lending criteria are all contributors to the 40% gains in June alone. Well, one man wants to do you a favour, short-selling guru and ex-hedge fund manager Marc Cohodes has done the media circuit trying... Read More