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Today’s best contrarian bet: Still gold

Betting against popular investment ideas is not usually a bad strategy. When an asset is broadly embraced by investors, chances are it has already enjoyed a big run-up and is now poised to fall. The problem today: What exactly is everyone enamoured with?<p>Gallup, the polling firm, tracks these things …

Investing

New exchange to take on TSX

Canada is getting a new stock exchange.<p>A group including Royal Bank of Canada and five other large investment firms is launching a competitor to the Toronto Stock Exchange, which handles the most trading in Canada.<p>The new market is designed to attract investors who are upset with what they see as …

Most of us don’t like our jobs – and never will

Recently, I met a professor of office design who talked excitedly about creating visionary spaces for people to work in and filling the air with the scent of fresh linen. After a bit, I protested that surely all we wanted from an office building was natural light and something relatively …

Canada's best people places and things, nominated by you

This Canada Day, we are asking readers what they think makes Canada extraordinary. We're not looking for the Rockies, hockey, the beaver and other well-established Canadian icons (as great as they may be). We're looking for those people, places and things that deserve their time in the spotlight …

Canada

Six positives to consider before you run for you life from the markets

Yeah, yesterday was a bad day. Bonds puked. Gold tanked. Stocks nosedived. (Or nosedove?) Emerging markets submerged. Commodities crumbled. And so on, and so forth, plus whatnot.<p>But are things really that bad? Might there be reasons for the global investing public to turn their collective frown, as …

Stock Markets

The Week Ahead: Will July Be Better For Stocks?

June so far has been a tough month for stocks. The S&P is down around 2.5%, although it was able to close the week above the lows.<p>Since 1950, the S&P 500 has been down slightly in June, including a 5.2% loss in 2010 and an 8.55% slide in 2008. Over the past ten years, the best was 2012′s gain of …

Market View: Heed the bond market's signals

While volatile stocks have stolen the spotlight this week, David Berman says U.S. Treasuries in particular are deserving of investors' attention

Is That The Sound Of Asset Bubbles Bursting?

Ben Bernanke’s recent press conference and China’s interbank market crash may appear to have little in common but the truth is rather different. For both the U.S. and China are trying to deflate asset bubbles caused by excessive money printing and interest rates being kept too low for too long. And …