The impact of coronavirus on North American small businesses

A street filled with North American small business (SMEs)

Small businesses across North America continue to take the brunt of Covid-19, despite aggressive actions by the Bank of Canada and U.S. Federal Reserve. In Canada, a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that a third of Canadian small businesses say they cannot survive the economic impact of coronavirus for more than […]

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Bailout Nation – Six Trillion Lies – Markets Soar on QE Infinity

here comes the largest bailout in history

In what is becoming the largest bailout in US history, some investors are not rejoicing. While the markets soar and money rushes in, is anyone asking about the cost and the ability to repay the trillions upon trillions that the Fed and US taxpayers are now comitting to? Furthermore, what damage to the US dollar […]

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Why the Fed Can’t Stop Covid-19 & Economic Fallout

federal debt is about to explode

As soon as I saw the ticker tape, I knew it wouldn’t last. Dow and other U.S. index futures were down 5% Sunday, before yet another emergency Fed meeting. While the intial headlines reversed sentiment and saw exchanges up 1-2% before the open, the relief rally failed. All indices are now in the red, down […]

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Crashing Oil Demand Provides Silver Lining for Miners

oil demand crashes as the Fed begins to print

Mike Maloney outlines in “Helicopter Drops & Biggest Bailouts in History Are Here” where the markets and precious metals may be heading. With WTI crude trading in the mid-$20s, oil demand is collapsing as transportation grinds to a halt. While the energy sector is reeling amid this massive sell-off, miners and other operators are about […]

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Speculators Suffer as TSX Venture Capitulates, Again

The TSX Venture is a speculators exchange in every way. A gamblers paradise, the index rises and falls on the wings of sentiment, nothing more. In my relatively short investing life, I’ve never seen the outlook this grim. We can take solace in the fact that every pandemic in human history has ended, usually of […]

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Corporate Debt and the Great Margin Call of 2020

us corporate debt

We’re 75 days into 2020, and it’s already been one hellish year. The most powerful people in the world, from presidents to central bankers, are all trying to stop one thing right now: a global credit crisis. At the heart of their fears is record US corporate debt that stands at over $10 trillion. Despite […]

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How Can the TSX Venture Recover?

selloff on the tsx venture

This past week has been a bloodbath for investors – especially when it comes to Canadian junior exchanges like the TSX Venture. With fears over the economic impact of coronavirus rising, the TSX Venture is experiencing historic capitulation, having fallen from 582.55 on February 21 to as low as 479.09 before closing at 495 on […]

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TSX Venture Implodes – Falls 6% in Two Days

tsx venture and cse crash

The TSX Venture is in free fall as investors move to cash, and the coronavirus spreads. The risk trade is off until a massive new stimulus bill passes or the coronavirus appears to be contained. Even a new stimulus package may not have the desired effect. Not to bet against the Fed or any central […]

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Lords of Finance

Lords of Finance

Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed won a Pulitzer Prize for its detailed and entertaining breakdown of the lead up to the Great Depression, and its aftershocks. The book focuses on the decision making from four critical central banks (England, France, the United States, and Germany) and how the men leading these financial institutions were […]

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