Allan Small

Investors brush off the bad news

The North American markets are off to a great start in 2012. The U.S. had the best first 10 days of trading at the beginning of the year that they have experienced in many years. Why has sentiment changed? Why has this market gone from accentuating the positives instead of worrying about the...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 2:45 PM

Questions for the year ahead

With the broader North American markets off to a good start in 2012, some may be thinking of the saying is, “as January goes, so goes the rest of the year.”I am not so sure I agree with this, but it is nice to see such a good start after the difficult and volatile ride investors experienced last...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2:45 PM

A weak November is cause for concern

Historically, Thanksgiving tends to be a positive week as people rush off to the malls to snap up those Black Friday sales. But this year was the worst we have seen since 1932 for the broader U.S. equity markets.In the past, November in general has been one of the best months for market returns but...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:16 PM

Frustrated with the market? Focus on the positives

Another week has gone by and the volatility continues.The global markets continue to take cues from Europe, where economic stability is called into question on a daily basis.Many investors thought that when announcements were made just a month ago on how Europe was going to handle Greece,...

Monday, November 21, 2011, 10:30 PM

The benefits of spousal RRSPs

With the end of the year quickly approaching, many investors will again focus on their RRSPs and what contributions they would like to make. However, there are a growing number of investors that have decided not to invest into RRSPs, believing they are not worth making if they will have to pay tax...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 5:30 PM

Clear skies ahead? First, let's deal with Italy and the looming U.S. deficit deadline

In Europe, it seems like whenever one issue is dealt with another one appears!We are finally beginning to see Greece work through its political issues to be able to accept the bailout package outline by the European Union. That should have brought on a sense of calmness to the European markets....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:11 AM

We're not out of the woods, yet

The month of October was one of the best months for stock market returns we have seen in quite a long time.Everything seemed to come together at the end of the month with Europe saying they came to some agreement to stop the European crisis; the U.S. reported surprising growth numbers (GDP 2.5%)...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 11:48 PM

The market continues to wait on Europe

After the past four months of negativity, October is proving to be a great month for the broader North American markets. While the U.S. markets have fared better than the Toronto Stock Exchange due to the underperformance of our materials sector, overall investors have fared well on both sides of...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 8:30 PM

Don't worry, this decline is different than the last

European discussions and the macro economic data that has recently been released in Canada and the United States have clearly had a positive effect on the North American stock markets.The Canadian and U.S. economies are not falling into recession – recent unemployment numbers, U.S. manufacturing...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 12:01 AM

The EU wakes up to the sick men in their midst

The European Union has finally woken up to the issues at hand, yet the market seems to be as fragile as ever. Many analysts and investors are finally getting what they want, which is a large co-ordinated response by all 17 nations to the crisis at hand the in EU.This is a crisis that seems to be...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 9:25 PM

Signs are there for a positive end to the year

Has the tide finally turned for stock markets around the world? When you see the U.S. central bankk, the Japanese central bank, the Swiss central bank, England’s central bank and the European central bank all come together to provide liquidity for the European banking system, I believe this may be...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 9:25 PM

Will anything lift the spirits of investors?

Over the years, September has been known to be one of the worst performing months for the broader North American stock markets. This September has been no exception. The market this month got off to one of the worst starts in history, falling substantially over the first few days. There has been a...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 9:40 PM

Shake your portfolio of summer doldrums

The major North American stock markets are continuing to show very few signs of life as the summer season quickly comes to an end. The markets are still well off their high points for the year, which were reached back in the spring. However, with September just around the corner and many returning...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 9:40 PM

Stick to the stocks you know

Growth investors continue to be disappointed by the headlines coming out of Europe and the U.S. Many I have spoken with are frustrated by seeing the value of their portfolios drop seemingly week after week. These investors would like to know why this market is falling and who can help solve the...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 9:40 PM

Don't run from the roller coaster market

Just when investors thought the markets could not get any more volatile, we have a week like last week which takes everyone on the ultimate roller coaster ride. Never in history has the Dow Jones moved plus or minus 400 points in a day for four straight days. This does not include the intraday...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 9:40 PM

Global worries wreak havoc on the markets

The market volatility has been tremendous over the past week with the North American stock markets rising and falling 200 to 300 points in a matter of hours. What a ride.More often than not during the past few weeks, the markets have finished the trading daysubstantially down, leaving many...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 9:40 PM

Debt woes are plaguing investors

Volatility continues on the broader North American Stock Exchanges as good corporate earnings are offset by debt worries in Europe and the United States. Investors I have been speaking withh seem a little confused by market reaction as of late. Individuals are hearing about great corporate earnings...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:40 PM

Don't worry, the jobs are coming

When I speak to investors considering an investment in a U.S. company, one of first things that comes to mind, other than the U.S. debt levels, is the lack of job growth in the country. A lack of job growth coupled with a high debt level and a struggling housing market makes investors leery about...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6:30 PM

What do dismal job numbers in the U.S. mean for Canada?

June jobs reports for the U.S. and Canada were released last Friday with some surprising results. Beforehand, the consensus for U.S. growth was in the area of 125,000 jobs. The actual number was a pitiful 18,000 jobs created. In comparison, Canada, a country with one tenth the population of the U.S...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6:30 PM

Meet the new year, same as the old year

The North American markets seem to have hit a bit of a wall as of late. For the longest time, the markets have climbed higher and higher, even in the face of some difficult economic news. Is this the beginning of a downward move that could eat away at the profits investors have enjoyed for the last...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 6:30 PM