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Peer-to-Peer lending: A beginner’s guide

In Advice, Financial, Fresh on December 2, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Today, when you have money left over after paying your bills, you invest in big and distant corporations. You don’t even think about it. The government incentivizes you to save for your future through RSPs and TSFAs. You invest in stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Basically, all of our money goes to the financial markets. The financial system has been designed to funnel our our collective savings in that direction. As different as you might try to be, we all own a slice of the financial markets at large. Alternatively, you could start your own business or purchase an investment property, but this is a lot of risk, costs more in legal fees and taxes, and most importantly, it may entail work that you don’t have time for. So you invest in passive financial instruments. And until now, passive financial instruments basically meant big corporations. 2016 marks the year where we, individual Canadians, can re-channel some of those investments from large and distant corporations to local small businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Being a Bank

In Financial, Fresh on March 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Banking is the best business in the world. People give you money, trusting you to keep it safe. In exchange, you pay them a tiny amount of interest. You then have the right to lend a portion of that same money and charge a higher interest rate, keeping the difference as profit.

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Where is My Father’s Money?

In Advice, Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Uncategorized on January 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

As some of you know, I’ve been working on a book for the last few years. Here is a sneak peak.

The LIBOR Scandal

In Financial, Fresh on July 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

“This is the banking industry’s tobacco moment,” says the chief executive of a multinational bank, referring to the lawsuits and settlements that cost America’s tobacco industry more than $200 billion in 1998. “It’s that big.” 

The Economist

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Praying for Euro

In Criticism, Financial, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on June 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Panic over the potential break-up of the Euro is at its highest point. People are withdrawing wads of Euro cash from Spanish and Greek banks, hiding it under the mattress and bracing for the fallout. In the Strictly Monetary Series (Part V), I told the story of how an American bank averted crisis during the panic of the Great Depression. It’s a textbook example of how banks can survive the shock of everyone demanding their money at once (bank-run) if they can secure additional cash to appease the frantic public. You don’t beat panic with prayer; you beat it with action.

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Can Currency Be Greater Than Country?

In Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on December 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

2011 was a landmark year. Villains were captured and killed, dictators were overthrown, and the initial step was taken in releasing an HIV vaccine. But the financial story of the year was, and continues to be, Europe’s financial crisis. It is viewed more as an inconvenience than a global cultural change. However, the world may be watching the failure of an extremely bold globalization experiment called the Euro.

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Strictly Monetary V: Run on the bank

In Financial, Strictly Monetary: A Series on February 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

This story was originally reported by Milton Friedman. While he was renowned for his theoretical accomplishments in economics, I admired him most for his ability to reach the general public through stories. A bank run, inspired by people demanding their money all at once, demonstrates the original purpose of the Federal Reserve and also serves to provide insights into the anatomy of crisis. While most bank run stories end poorly, this is my favourite example of how to successfully avert crisis.

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Strictly Monetary Part III: The Game of International Reserves

In Financial, Strictly Monetary: A Series on January 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Parts one and two covered the essentials about monetary systems and how we control them. But with exponential increases in the speed and amount of international trade, suddenly there is very little separating monetary policy from political games.

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Strictly Monetary Part I: A Primer

In Advice, Financial, Strictly Monetary: A Series on January 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The global system of money is going through some drastic changes. It is one of the more complicated economic topics, but it is worth a deeper look as the dynamics of this change will have a tremendous effect on our lives. This is the first piece on the topic of money, covering how the monetary system works. Each piece will build on the knowledge from the previous one.

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Canada’s Subprime Problem

In Criticism, Financial on March 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM
The Globe and Mail broke this story. Canada’s subprime problem appears to be a West coast thing, B.C. and Alberta in particular. But when I first saw the headline on the front page of Saturday’s Globe and Mail, I panicked. I’ll tell you why.