In order to assist investors we have compiled the following list of our preferred third-party online resources.
Although the sources provided are considered reputable, Pacifica Partners cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information that is presented. As a result, we recommend that investors verify any financial information with multiple sources and with a trusted financial advisor prior to making any investing, planning or other financial decisions.
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• Business & Financial TV
• Business News
• Financial Planning
• Investment Portals
• Investor Educational Resources
• Canadian Real Estate
• US Real Estate
• Government Agencies
• Professional Organizations
• Crossborder Investing Information
Business News Network: Canada’s premier national business new channel providing in-depth daily commentary on global equity and fixed income markets with an emphasis on the Canadian market place. Historical interviews are archived for convenient access and viewing. Live streaming of BNN broadcasts are available through a subscription. Pacifica Partners is a regular commentator on Business News Network.
CNBC: US based CNBC is an industry leader in providing US and global market commentary. The website is comprehensive and contains an excellent earnings calendar as well as numerous additional informational services. Live streaming of CNBC broadcasts are available through a subscription.
Bloomberg: Bloomberg television is streamed live without the need for a paid membership. US, Europe, or Asian focused news broadcasts and interviews are available from the same site.
Financial Post: Canada’s premier national business news publications providing timely business commentary. Pacifica Partners writes a weekly column for the Financial Post.
Globe Investor: One of Canada’s leading news and market data information providers. Globe investor provides the most thorough Canadian market data resource that we have come across to-date. Of particular value is their wide-ranging Canadian mutual-fund data source.
Barrons: One of the most thorough and informative US news publications providing compelling and often unique articles.
Bloomberg: A comprehensive news and data resource for global markets, including, stocks, bonds commodities, as well economic and geo-political news.
Market Watch: Another thorough news source and market data portal which provides a very easy to navigate interface and convenient links to partnered investment news providers.
Baystreet: A Canadian centric news and investment portal which provides a thorough level of Canadian economic commentary, stock movements, earnings announcements, analyst recommendations and more.
Money Sense: Operating under the heading “Canada’s Personal Financial Website” provides users with financial calculators for their RESP, Mortgage, University Costs, and more.
Get Smarter About Money: This website was established by the Ontario Securities Commission to provide the public with a comprehensive investor education resource. The website is an excellent unbiased resource for financial and investment planning information. Calculators are available for RRSP savings, housing expenditures, mutual fund costs, and credit card cost, among others.
Choose to Save: The Choose to Save program was instituted by the US Employee Benefit Research Institute and paid for by their Education and Research Fund. The site is a non profit educational resource intended to spread awareness of personal saving for the purposes of combating high US personal debt levels. The site contains a wide assortment of links to calculators from everything from Auto calculators to Roth IRA and Tax calculators.
Canadian Business: The Canadian Business Magazine’s online content which in addition to comprehensive news and market data provides a “My Money” tab that provides information on education, estate, insurance, and retirement planning.
Between the following four investment portals almost all general information sought by most investors on a day to day basis can be found. Each portal has its own strengths and weaknesses and one is often favoured over another simply based on personal preference.
Seeking Alpha: is a unique and in-depth news and investor information site which features a one of a kind online forum that allows registered contributors to post comments outlining their perspective on market movements. Pacifica Partners is a “Seeking Alpha Certified” contributor to the Seeking Alpha website.
AAII (American Association of Individual Investors): AAII is a non-profit organization which provides excellent resources on mutual funds, financial planning, stock screening, and investor education. Optional paid services are also available at highly competitive prices.
Investopedia: is an online financial dictionary and encyclopedia designed to clearly and concisely explain even complex or obscure financial terminology.
House Price Index: Teranet and National Bank jointly publish this Canadian home price index at a national level, as well as for six major metropolitan areas. Home price index values are published with a two month lag from the current month. However, a download of historical index levels and sales volume data is available in excel format.
Canadian Housing Price Charts: (chpc.biz) Brian Ripley's Plunge-O-Meter and Scorecard compares Canadian real estate market values for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal against a backdrop of gold, oil, CPI, interest rates, employment earnings and mortgage affordability. This website is one of the best resources for Canadian real estate charts that we could locate.
Vancouver Condo Info: Is a community blog with daily discussions revolving around timely news and reports on Canadian and Vancouver real estate.
The Greater Fool: Is a daily commentary by former Canadian Minister of National Revenue, Garth Turner. Discussion topics include Canadian real estate, economics, and Canadian politics.
Centre for Urban Economics and Real estate: Is a centre within UBC's Sauder School of Business. The centre publishes regular discussion papers and housing price data for eight metropolitan areas in Canada.
Zillow: A comprehensive real estate database which uses a proprietary algorithm for appraising real estate across the US.
S&P Cash Shiller Home Price Index: The leading index for measuring real estate markets within the US. Historic data is available in excel format.
Calculated Risk: One of the most highly regarded US economic blogs who are recognized for calling the US housing bubble in advance.
The CFA Institute: CFA Institute is the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals that awards the CFA and CIPM designations.
CFA Vancouver: CFA Vancouver, formerly The Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts (VSFA), was founded in 1965, is a local Society within the CFA Institute, the leading professional organization for financial analysts and portfolio managers.
Market Technicians Association: The Market Technicians Association oversees the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) Program which is a certification process in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in a broad range of technical analysis subjects.
Financial Planning Standards Council: A not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring Canadians’ financial planning needs are served by developing, promoting and enforcing professional standards for financial planners.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.: The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning.
The Canadian Expat Network: is an online community site geared for Canadian expats living in the US. The site supports regional Canadian expat groups in the US and provides regular stories of interest, expat webinars, groups, forums, and Canadian news feeds.
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