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Peter Hodson and Ryan Modesto

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What is Risk in Investing?

Two views of risk 

In the context of investing, you hear the word on a daily basis. High or low-risk, risk on and off, risk tolerance, risk willingness, longevity risk, you name it. It is a single, simple word but can mean very different things to different people.

While risk can mean something different to everyone, it is a fundamental aspect of investing and one needs to understand not just what risk is but what risk means to the individual...

Ryan Modesto Jul 16, 2018

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Four Strategies to Help Fight Off a Trade War

You cannot turn on a T.V. or open up a computer without hearing about trade wars or tariffs it seems. The United States has increased pressure on China, sending the Shanghai Composite into bear market territory, down 20% from its high.

It has also impacted companies in Canada that are deemed to be susceptible to higher prices from the tariffs and almost ironically, even companies in the US that they are trying to ‘protect’ such as Harley Davidson which has noted it is moving some production to Europe to help combat higher prices from tariffs.

While how this will impact any single economy or company remains uncertain, the common thread here is that it is adding a lot of uncertainty for investors and markets hate uncertainty. For investors looking for ways to stay invested while hopefully avoiding significant trade disruptions, here are a few areas we think that an investor can focus their attention on...

Ryan Modesto Jul 04, 2018
5i Recent Questions

Q: Hi Peter/Ryan,

Most of the companies in the BE portfolio have significant US or Intl exposure in terms of operations/revenue. With a portfolio allocation of Canadian (BEReport) 50%, US (ETF) 30% and Intl (ETF) 20%, the actual allocations will be higher for US and Intl since a portion of BEReport is derived from US or Intl. Please let me know your thoughts and any suggestions in terms of portfolio allocations.


Read Answer Asked by Ninad on July 17, 2018

Q: I have been in contact with my discount brokerage and asked them about what options they offer for the criteria I asked in my previous question with parking my cash. They suggested two money market funds - DYN6000 or DYN5000? My discount brokerage is iTrade. What is your opinion of either of these two money market funds. Both pay 1.00% dividend and fully cashable at any point without losing capital?

Any help here is appreciated.



Read Answer Asked by Brendan on July 17, 2018
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