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The buying power of Gold

With a decade of surging gold prices behind us and a more recent period of weakness that has sent bullion back to mid-2011 levels, investors are left wondering what to do. This question actually consists of two real dilemmas. Firstly, for those owning copious amounts of bullion, gold-stocks, or other precious metals – do I…

Not all stock buybacks are created equal

To an income oriented investor, today’s low interest rates are proving to be a challenge. The “easy money” policies of most central banks have driven interest rates “lower for longer” and created a demand for income oriented equities. The boards of many publicly traded companies have responded to the demand by promising to return cash…

Debt, Profits, Canada & more

In the final hours of the 2012 trading year, the financial markets showed their relief that Congress and the White House had reached an agreement and the “Fiscal Cliff” would be averted. The collective attention of the markets is now turning to the Debt Ceiling talks which involve Congress signing off on yet another increase…

Gold Companies Looking to Forget 2012

It is a safe bet to say that 2012 will not be looked back upon with a great deal of fondness by the CEOs of the gold mining industry. From the executive suites of the largest gold miners to the smallest junior exploration companies, this past year will go down as the “annus horribilis” (horrible…

Season's Greetings

Pacifica Partners would like to wish you the best for the holidays. In lieu of Cards we have donated food and supplies to the local food bank. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays.

The Canadian Real Estate Correction Chartbook

Last fall Paris based bank, Societe Generale, produced a comprehensive report on the impact of changing global demographics on consumer trends. The report points to the rapid development of property markets in much of the western world since the 1990s as a by-product of maturing baby boomers shifting into an asset-accumulation-phase of their consumer life.…

The Global Economy & The Fiscal Cliff

Possibly more so than at any other time in history, all parts of the world are simultaneously feeling the impact of what a globalized world we live in. The impact of the globalized economy to transmit shockwaves from one part of the world to another is unparalleled. As corporations have begun releasing their earnings for…

US Banks Safer But Still "Too Big To Fail"

Looking at the stock market, the story of corporate American is strikingly different. Balance sheets are flush with cash, debt is being serviced relatively easily and corporate profits as a percent of GDP are amongst the highest on record. As the chart shows, if real corporate earnings are growing over the last two years of…

Corporate Earnings Forecasting Obama Victory

Looking at the stock market, the story of corporate American is strikingly different. Balance sheets are flush with cash, debt is being serviced relatively easily and corporate profits as a percent of GDP are amongst the highest on record. As the chart shows, if real corporate earnings are growing over the last two years of…

Transferring your 401K to an RRSP

Transferring your IRA or 401K to Canada can be a challenge for expats returning to Canada. When moving between Canada and the USA, there are common challenges that individuals often face. Aside from the practical aspects of the move, there are also tax and financial considerations to assess. In particular, you may have accumulated savings…
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