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Malcolm Morrison spent 15 years as Markets Editor with The Canadian Press News Agency after successfully completing the Canadian Securities Course. He produced stories on the Toronto and New York markets that were published daily by major news outlets across the country, including the major dailies in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Malcolm is particularly interested in investor education and turned out scores of personal finance stories while at CP, including everything from borrowing to invest to getting a good divorce settlement.
What is GDP and What Does it Mean to the Investor?

What is GDP and What Does it Mean to the Investor?

What is GDP and What Does it Mean to the Investor?

Gross Domestic Product data isn’t perfect but it’s still the best economic growth gauge available.
Who Should Bother With an RRSP?

Who Should Bother With an RRSP?

Who Should Bother With an RRSP?

RRSPs are great for the average Canadian but not so great for very low and very high-income earners. RRSP pros and cons.
How Do U.S. Presidential Elections Impact Stock Markets?

How Do U.S. Presidential Elections Impact Stock Markets?

How Do U.S. Presidential Elections Impact Stock Markets?

Historical data shows correlation between U.S. stock market performance and presidential elections.
When is Hedging a Good Idea?

When is Hedging a Good Idea?

When is Hedging a Good Idea?

Hedging is always a good investment play and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
The Futures Contract an Essential Element of Commodities Trading

The Futures Contract an Essential Element of Commodities Trading

The Futures Contract an Essential Element of Commodities Trading

The futures contract an essential element of commodities trading but not everyone uses it in the same way.
Deposit-Taking Institutions an Essential Part of The Canadian Economy

Deposit-Taking Institutions an Essential Part of The Canadian Economy

Deposit-Taking Institutions an Essential Part of The Canadian Economy

Deposit-taking institutions one of the three main legs of the financial system and an integral part of the economy
What is a Credit Union – History, Uses and How is it Different From a Bank?

What is a Credit Union – History, Uses and How is it Different From a Bank?

What is a Credit Union – History, Uses and How is it Different From a Bank?

Credit unions offer a wide range of financial services but unlike banks, are owned by their customers
How to Protect Yourself Against Investor Securities Fraud

How to Protect Yourself Against Investor Securities Fraud

How to Protect Yourself Against Investor Securities Fraud

Investors are still gullible when it comes to securities fraud, despite a wealth of available financial information. But there are ways to protect themselves.
What is a Callable Bond?

What is a Callable Bond?

What is a Callable Bond?

Callable bond is a type of bond that offers higher coupon rates in return for uncertainty about when they will be redeemed
What is a Covered Bond?

What is a Covered Bond?

What is a Covered Bond?

Covered Bond is a type of bond growing in popularity because of their high level of safety and credit ratings.
What is Yield Curve and What Does it Tell Us About The Economy?

What is Yield Curve and What Does it Tell Us About The Economy?

What is Yield Curve and What Does it Tell Us About The Economy?

The Yield Curve is a closely watched bit of financial data that can tell investors about future moves in interest rates and the economy.
Borrowing to Invest

Borrowing to Invest

Borrowing to Invest

Borrowing to invest can help to bulk up your portfolio – but great caution is advised.
New Basel III Rules and What They Mean for the Banks’ Capital Structure

New Basel III Rules and What They Mean for the Banks’ Capital Structure

New Basel III Rules and What They Mean for the Banks’ Capital Structure

New international regulations, known as Basel III guidelines, aim to put more responsibility on investors in case of a future banking crisis.
What is a Balanced Fund?

What is a Balanced Fund?

What is a Balanced Fund?

A balanced fund offers a combination of equities and fixed income, ideal for many intermediate investors
The Price Earnings Ratio, a Useful Measure For Stock Valuation

The Price Earnings Ratio, a Useful Measure For Stock Valuation

The Price Earnings Ratio, a Useful Measure For Stock Valuation

The Price Earnings ratio is a useful tool for stock valuation. But it’s vital they be used in context.
What is Geopolitical Risk and Should Investors Worry?

What is Geopolitical Risk and Should Investors Worry?

What is Geopolitical Risk and Should Investors Worry?

Understanding geopolitical risk helps you assess the risk you want to take for your holdings
What is Bankruptcy and What is The Alternative?

What is Bankruptcy and What is The Alternative?

What is Bankruptcy and What is The Alternative?

You’ve hit the wall financially – but that doesn’t mean filing for personal bankruptcy is the only way out.
Deciphering Your Mortgage Statement

Deciphering Your Mortgage Statement

Deciphering Your Mortgage Statement

It’s easy to ignore your mortgage statement but there are good reasons for understanding the information about what is likely your single biggest investment.
What is Margin Trading?

What is Margin Trading?

What is Margin Trading?

Margin trading allows you to buy more investments while not using all of your own money – but there are risks.
What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Who Should Have One?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Who Should Have One?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Who Should Have One?

A prenuptial agreement is a useful estate planning tool for couples about to tie the knot for a second or third time.
Having an Honest Discussion About Finances Before Marriage

Having an Honest Discussion About Finances Before Marriage

Having an Honest Discussion About Finances Before Marriage

It’s vital for a couple to have an honest discussion about finances before marriage.
What to Consider in a Mid-Life Career Change

What to Consider in a Mid-Life Career Change

What to Consider in a Mid-Life Career Change

Choosing a second career requires a solid plan to deal with personal and financial challenges
Divestment Can Be the Hardest Part of Investing

Divestment Can Be the Hardest Part of Investing

Divestment Can Be the Hardest Part of Investing

Divestment is the opposite of investment and it’s something the smart investor must be prepared to do with an under-performing stock.
Handling a Financial Windfall

Handling a Financial Windfall

Handling a Financial Windfall

Being faced with the challenge of handling a financial windfall sounds like a nice problem to have – but that doesn’t meant you won’t need professional help to figure out how to manage such a large amount of money.
When Should I Start Collecting CPP Payments?

When Should I Start Collecting CPP Payments?

When Should I Start Collecting CPP Payments?

People about to celebrate their 60th birthday have a serious question to ask – should I start collecting Canada Pension Plan benefits early?
Getting Divorced?

Getting Divorced?

Getting Divorced?

A couple wanting to be divorced will find that a fair settlement can be negotiated a lot easier if both parties can rein in their emotions.
How To Read Your Credit Card Statement

How To Read Your Credit Card Statement

How To Read Your Credit Card Statement

Ignoring your credit card statement won’t make it go away – and it can cost you more than you realize.
What is Insurance and How Much Insurance is Enough

What is Insurance and How Much Insurance is Enough

What is Insurance and How Much Insurance is Enough

Emotions, finances make it easy to buy too much insurance – or too little.
How Taxpayers Can Make Amends with Canada Revenue Agency

How Taxpayers Can Make Amends with Canada Revenue Agency

How Taxpayers Can Make Amends with Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency offers voluntary disclosure program to those taxpayers who have provided erroneous information
Unboxing Your Mutual Funds Statement

Unboxing Your Mutual Funds Statement

Unboxing Your Mutual Funds Statement

Deciphering your mutual funds statement is essential in understanding how much you made or lost – and what components were responsible.
Why Is The Canadian Dollar So Low And How Can I Protect Myself?

Why Is The Canadian Dollar So Low And How Can I Protect Myself?

Why Is The Canadian Dollar So Low And How Can I Protect Myself?

There are many good reasons why the Canadian dollar can plunge in value.
What is an RRSP?

What is an RRSP?

What is an RRSP?

Registered Retirement Savings Plans likely the best tax shelter available to most Canadians.
What Can Investors Expect in 2016?

What Can Investors Expect in 2016?

What Can Investors Expect in 2016?

It looks like this year investors will be grappling with the same issues that made 2015 challenging.
What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates From a Fed Rate Hike?

What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates From a Fed Rate Hike?

What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates From a Fed Rate Hike?

The happy times of cheap money are drawing to a close and that likely means a changing interest rate landscape in Canada.
What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates And The Loonie From a Fed Rate Hike?

What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates And The Loonie From a Fed Rate Hike?

What Are The Effects on Canadian Interest Rates And The Loonie From a Fed Rate Hike?

The era of cheap money is starting to come to an end, leaving investors and consumers wondering what the various knockon effects will be.
You’re Fired: Now What?

You’re Fired: Now What?

You’re Fired: Now What?

Dealing with a big lump sum like a buyout or severance payment can be complicated.
What Is a GIC?

What Is a GIC?

What Is a GIC?

Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) Offer Safety to Investors – But There’s a Price
Why Seniors Need a Different Investment Mix

Why Seniors Need a Different Investment Mix

Why Seniors Need a Different Investment Mix

When investing for retirement, many seniors need to have a different asset mix to take into account shorter time horizon, different taxation issues.
Making a Will: an Essential Aspect of Estate Planning

Making a Will: an Essential Aspect of Estate Planning

Making a Will: an Essential Aspect of Estate Planning

Making a Will: Don’t Leave This World Without One
Keeping Your Head During a Market Correction

Keeping Your Head During a Market Correction

Keeping Your Head During a Market Correction

A good time for stock investors to relearn some basics is in the midst of market corrections.
Critical Financial Conversations You Should Have With Aging Parents

Critical Financial Conversations You Should Have With Aging Parents

Critical Financial Conversations You Should Have With Aging Parents

Children must eventually understand where their parents stand financially – and that means having an important conversation about your aging parents finances.
Investing in Corporate Bonds

Investing in Corporate Bonds

Investing in Corporate Bonds

Investing in Corporate bonds can offer a predictable yield for investors – but these types of bonds are riskier than their government counterparts and can be hard to get.
The Canadian Securities Course

The Canadian Securities Course

The Canadian Securities Course

Taking control of your investments: The Canadian Securities Course offers a wealth of knowledge for the serious investor
How Can Bond Investors Protect Themselves From The Effects of Rising Interest Rates

How Can Bond Investors Protect Themselves From The Effects of Rising Interest Rates

How Can Bond Investors Protect Themselves From The Effects of Rising Interest Rates

There are several things bond investors can do to protect themselves from the effects of rising interest rates.
Where To Get Investment Advice

Where To Get Investment Advice

Where To Get Investment Advice

Getting investment advice starts with doing your homework, asking tough questions.
What is an ETF?

What is an ETF?

What is an ETF?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) offer investors wide exposure at lower costs than traditional mutual funds.
Choosing a Financial Advisor: Advisor-Client Relationship

Choosing a Financial Advisor: Advisor-Client Relationship

Choosing a Financial Advisor: Advisor-Client Relationship

When choosing a financial advisor, bear in mind the advisor-client connection has lots of emotional investment, just like any other relationship.
Preferred Shares VS Common Shares

Preferred Shares VS Common Shares

Preferred Shares VS Common Shares

Preferred shares are a good option for anyone looking for a steady stream of income and tax break
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