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Some Advisors Behaving Badly with CRM2 on the Horizon

By Dan Hallett on March 16th, 2015

After mid-July 2016, CRM2 will require investment dealers to report personalized performance, charges and commissions annually to each client.  To their credit, many dealers are now providing performance reports. But two disturbing trends are....

Performance Fee Implications for Investment Fiduciaries

By Mark Barnicutt on February 18th, 2015

Investor clients and investment fiduciaries need to carefully think through the performance fees used in many investment products. I believe performance fees are a structural issue, as they tend to: Incentivize risk seeking instead of risk....

HighView Strategic Capital Partner: Radar Capital Inc.

By Mark Barnicutt on January 9th, 2015

January 5th, 2015 HighView Financial Group (“HighView”) is pleased to announce that investment funds managed by Radar Capital Inc. (“Radar”) have recently completed their capital investment in HighView. Gary Brent, Chairman, Chief....

Go global instead of slicing & dicing your stocks by region

By Dan Hallett on December 23rd, 2014

In a recent article, Globe and Mail columnist Rob Carrick tackled the important issue of global stock diversification.  He surveyed several investment advisors and portfolio managers for their recommended allocations between Canadian and....

Why Engage The Services Of An Investment Fiduciary?

By Mark Barnicutt on November 30th, 2014

As the concept of fiduciary is being discussed more in the media and among Canadian securities regulators, we believe it is important to address this concept as it’s all about putting the investor-client interests first! We view....

It is time to prepare for the bear

By Dan Hallett on November 26th, 2014

All year I've been wanting to write an article urging advisors and individual investors to prepare for the next bear market.  When stock markets hit a pothole in late summer and early fall, it struck me as an opportune time to refresh this idea. ....

Do-it-yourself investors must plan for investments after death

By Dan Hallett on October 31st, 2014

Many DIY investors act as 'family money managers'.  Most that I've met are men married to spouses with little or no interest in investing.  These DIY investors often risk predeceasing their novice-investor partners.  So with many issues to deal....

Are you chasing an investment celebrity or the superior money manager?

By Dan Hallett on October 17th, 2014

So-called 'Bond King' Bill Gross made headlines with his recent decision to leave PIMCO - the firm he founded more than 40 years ago - to join Janus Capital Group.  How best to deal with manager changes and whether investors and advisors should....

CalPERS’ hedge fund decision offers important lessons

By Dan Hallett on September 26th, 2014

The California Public Employees' Retirement System - aka CalPERS - announced plans to liquidate its $4 billion hedge fund portfolio.  It's big news because CalPERS is considered a well-run pension plan.  It's huge - at nearly $300 billion USD -....

Beware of aggressive investment product marketing

By Dan Hallett on August 18th, 2014

Aggressive marketing of investment products is nothing new.  Throughout my career I have expended plenty of energy pointing out what I believe to be misleading or overly aggressive marketing initiatives and advertisements.  More than four years....

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