Canadian Trading Trends
Everybody wants to make a buck on the markets. The problem for so many of us is that the financial markets can be confusing and intimidating at times. The S&P/TSX is the premier stock exchange for Canadians. It lists a large selection public companies and the market capitalization was reported at $2.2841 trillion as at 30 March 2017.

There are multiple indices on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) including the S&P/TSX Completion Index, the S&P/TSX 60 and the S&P/TSX Composite Index. Recently, the Toronto Stock Exchange hit an 8-month low. This presents many challenges to Canadian investors are looking to profit off the appreciation of stocks.

Why are Markets Bearish in Canada?

It’s important to understand that the Canadian economy is driven largely by commodities, notably crude oil. On Friday, 7 July 2017, the TSX plunged to a near 8-month low at 15,027.16.  This was driven by multiple factors including weakness in oil prices and a desire for an interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada. Investors don’t miss an opportunity to make a buck on the markets. Since then however, the TSX has rallied. By Monday 17 July, 2017 the TSX was trading at 15,175.76 and is on a gradual uptrend. This is also being fuelled by rising oil prices, spurred by strong demand from China.

In June 2017, Canada’s jobs numbers were better than forecast. Pundits were expecting 10,000 new jobs to be added, but the Canadian economy added an incredible 43,500 jobs. Of course, the US economy performed more robustly, given its size and sheer volume with 222,000 new jobs added in June. South of the border, analysts were anticipating 179,000 new jobs. Equally surprising was the yield on 10-year bonds in Canada, now at 1.884%. Every time bond yields rise, traders retreat from equities markets.

Oil prices have whipsawed in recent weeks. Lower prices were driven by increased production with US shale oil producers. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), 2017 production will increase by 270 K per day, while 2018 production will increase to 320 K per day. With such dramatic increases in production, it’s no wonder that oil prices are being depressed and the TSX is affected. Fortunately for the bulls, rising oil prices can turn markets around and this is what we have been seeing recently.


Charles Mandel, an acclaimed equities trader, routinely directs traders to didactic resources to understand how macroeconomic activity impacts individual stocks. One such example is the Stern Options Facebook page which lists economic news releases, stock price movements and other economic data for Canadian traders.

Canada’s economy is largely driven by crude oil. It is the world’s third-largest source of crude oil reserves, and it ships more to the US than all other countries combined. WTI crude oil rig counts have been increasing for 23 weeks on the trot. There is still tremendous potential for output to increase further. As a trader, this information can be put to effective use with put options on oil-producing companies across the board.

How Can Canadians Benefit from Bearish Markets?

While markets are trending bearish, it’s important to understand that there are options available. If you are interested in equities trading, your strategy should be one of short-selling weak companies. Weak companies may include the energy companies such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, Sunor Energy Inc, and Cenovus Energy Inc.

Note that the market capitalization of these companies has decreased significantly since the oil heyday a few years ago when prices were $100 + per barrel. Markets have absorbed much of the weakness in energy stocks, and further depreciation of prices will have a much lesser effect on overall market performance.

While a bear market is taking place, it’s important to identify all the companies that meet these criteria. Things to look for include companies that are operating in a declining ‘economy’, companies that are operating in a weak ‘sector’, or companies with little or no earnings to speak of. If the stock that you’re considering is rapidly approaching a sell signal, or it is performing poorly relative to overall trends, it should be identified as a bearish stock.

There are many tell-tale signs of how to identify the development of a bear market in Maple Country. Equities markets will typically decline before the economy starts to move into recession. Interest rates usually start to rise at about the same time that the market starts to turn and there are bare alert signals on the bullish pattern index indicator. Regardless, there is always money to be made in bear markets!

By Charlie Brown

Are you buying or selling your home in Vancouver? Maybe you want to be part of one of the most vibrant property markets in the world today? If you are interested in the city’s real estate, it is advisable to work with an established realtor to get the best returns. While there is a lot of information available about this market, you still need professional assistance to make the most informed decision. For instance, do you know whether it is a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

Whenever you are investing in a property market, it makes a lot of sense to use a local realtor who has the prerequisite expertise and resources to guide you through the process. These experts know the pulse of the property market in the city and will advise you accordingly. While you might be in a rush to buy or sell, it pays to get real estate services from a reliable realtor.

Professional Real Estate Services

Why invest in these professionals when you can go ahead and sell or buy on your own? Truth be told, closing even a presumably simple deal in the real estate market can take months if not longer. If you are planning to sell your home fast, for instance, you might be forced to do it at a loss if you are not willing to use a realtor.

To appreciate the role of by a realtor in a real estate transaction, consider the following services:

– Market overview

This is one of the major roles played by a realtor. These professionals work with you to help you understand the property market in order to know what to expect. In a hot property market like Vancouver, many investors are going to the market based on incomplete information. Your realtor will advise you on the real situation based on the latest sales and purchases. They know what is happening in the market and this is the information they will then use to help you close a deal.

– Home Selling/Buying


By Charlie Brown

Every child needs a juvenile lawyer during their hour of need. They are aware of the needs of a juvenile, and they know their way around the court systems. The job of a juvenile lawyer is to make sure that the child does not face unwarranted charges. He will always ensure that the child gets his rights in court.

Juvenile law applies to teens and children. You can easily define it as anyone who is less than 18-years old. As a result, the penalties are far less severe than that given to adults. The system works differently from adult court too. All names and credentials are confidential. The Yost Law Firm will make sure of this. He will further help the minor understand the particular judicial system and protect his rights too.

Trials and mistrials that demand good lawyers 

Courts in the USA see over 250,000 juvenile cases each year, where the court tries and sentences juveniles as adults. The juvenile law need not always be criminal. Education, family and child custody laws also form a part of the juvenile law. Urban bar associations have their specialists who can refer you to reliable lawyer services. Finding competent lawyers can be difficult in such cases since the court seals juvenile records. This makes it difficult to judge a juvenile attorney based on his old records.

How to find a reputable juvenile lawyer?

If you want to find a good attorney, you may want to ask him a few questions before hiring him. (more…)

By Charlie Brown

Flooding can occur at any time and affect various buildings regardless of where you live or the steps you take to prevent it. Water can be intrusive and this leads to the challenge of trying to get back on track after heavy rain, burst pipes and flooding. Dependable restoration services can dry your floors and upholstery with the assurance that mold or rot will not arise in the future.

Evaluating the Damage
– The cleaning process consists of a number of important steps that will ensure your home fully recovers from the damage.
– Before cleanup begins, it is important to evaluate the damage, which typically requires professional assistance.
– Professionals have access to equipment for water removal as well as the knowledge regarding where to inspect for mold.
– All damaged flooring and walls should also be professionally repaired.

Prompt Cleanup
It is essential to dry items such as furniture that are water-logged within a period of 48 hours to prevent mold. Mildew stains are likely to appear on items that remain wet. Equipment such as a dehumidifier is useful for aiding air circulation.

Cleaning and Salvaging Upholstery
Regular or domestic vacuuming will not be sufficient after exposure to excess water in a flood. This is a job that can be efficiently handled by professionals who have the equipment they need, experience and training to do what it takes to salvage your items.
– Removable area rugs and carpets should be handed over to professional cleaners. Professionals can also advise you on what to do with installed carpeting. Furniture should be removed, thoroughly cleaned and allowed to dry.
– Upholstered furniture requires professional cleaning. If upholstered pieces have been contaminated by water, the upholstering can be replaced.
– Professional upholstery cleaning services are cost-effective in comparison to the cost of replacing furnishing and carpets. Investing in professional services is an economic choice that will help to increase the life expectancy of soft furnishings and carpets. (more…)