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Vancouver’s Housing Bubble Fueled by China’s Credit Bubble

Jul 2016 Issue

Many of us are under the impression that there is an endless supply of multi-millionaires in China who are intent on scooping up Vancouver properties at any price, often before they even hit the market. But the underlying source of the money does indeed have a limit, and we might…

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Global Markets Trying to Overcome Economic Challenges

Jun 2016 Issue

The chart below looks at the return of the stock markets from the ten largest economies in the world. It shows how far those markets have dropped from their prior high (peak level) and how long ago that peak was reached. The data shows that the US equity market has…

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The Limits of Economic Experimentation

Apr 2016 Issue

Pacifica Partners Spring 2016 Quarterly Commentary: This quarter’s newsletter gets its title from the growing global trend towards the acceptance of negative interest rates as a component of mainstream economic policy.  Negative interest rate policy (NIRP) is increasingly being seen as an act of economic desperation by the markets. Currently,…

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Taking an Inventory of Investor Worries

Jan 2016 Issue

The Pacifica Partners Winter 2016 Quarterly Commentary: Most years, financial markets tend to rally in the month of December. As the 2015 holiday season wound down, investors found that Santa had deprived them of their traditional yearend rally. Instead of a rally, investors were left showered with volatility to close…

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US Consumers Riding to the Rescue Again

Oct 2015 Issue

The Pacifica Partners Fall 2015 Quarterly Commentary: There are not many things in finance that one can find a near perfect consensus on. One that comes close to unanimity is the notion that the current regime of low interest rates globally has about run its course in being able to…

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Mr. Xi Goes to Washington

Sep 2015 Issue

One would have to go back a long way to remember when China’s place in the world was even up for debate. As Chinese President Xi Jinping came to the US for his first state visit last week and second visit as President of China, many are looking at China…

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