John Carswell has been a Financial Pipeline contributor since 1996 and was one of the original founders of the Financial Pipeline website. John graduated from the Royal Military College with a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and served as an Air Force navigator. He then earned an MBA degree from Queen’s University (Dean’s List, Award in Finance) in 1985. John completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program and was awarded a CFA charter in 1988. He began his investment career at Mutual Life of Canada in 1985 where he was an Investment Analyst in the Private Placement and Corporate Debt area. He then moved to TAL Investment Counsel Ltd. In 1988 where he was Vice President, Fixed Income, responsible for credit analysis and specialty fixed income products. In 1992, John moved to Foyston, Gordon & Payne, and was the Partner responsible for fixed income and preferred shares. He founded Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. in 1997.
What causes financial bubbles?

What causes financial bubbles?

What causes financial bubbles?

Financial bubbles don’t just happen by accident – they’re the result of behaviours humans just can’t seem to shake
Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

The movements of markets aren’t random. But while there are legitimate reasons markets rise and fall, trying to predict their behavior isn’t a wise investment philosophy.
Summary: Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

Summary: Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

Summary: Why Do Financial Markets Go Up and Down?

The movements of markets aren’t random. But while there are legitimate reasons markets rise and fall, trying to predict their behavior isn’t a wise investment philosophy.
Hot Air Markets

Hot Air Markets

Hot Air Markets

Financial markets go up and down – always have, always will – and it’s a fool’s errand to try to time them.
What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

What Happens To Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

The bond market is confusing to most people since bond prices have an inverse relationship to interest rates. When interest rates and bond yields drop, bond prices rise. When bond yields rise, the prices of existing bonds will fall.
Where To Find Information About Investment Managers

Where To Find Information About Investment Managers

Where To Find Information About Investment Managers

What you need to know if you’re looking to find out more about investment counseling firms.
How the Professionals Select Managers

How the Professionals Select Managers

How the Professionals Select Managers

Historical record and investment style are two key areas to look at when choosing an investment counsellor.
Inflation Machinations for the Nation

Inflation Machinations for the Nation

Inflation Machinations for the Nation

Leave the statistics to the statisticians: CPI (Consumer Price Index) as a fairly accurate measure of inflation.
Financial Panics

Financial Panics

Financial Panics

In 1997, Alan Greenspan, the Fed Chairman at the time was being lauded for “The Great Moderation” and ending economic and market cyclicality once and for all.
Mortgage Backed Securities

Mortgage Backed Securities

Mortgage Backed Securities

The direction of interest rates and pre-payment risks are of paramount importance when deciding whether to invest in mortgage backed securities.
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