Low and Negative Global Rates!

Nov 21, 2019 |Mark Porretta
I recently came across a great discussion piece about structural change in the global interest rate market. The change is lower and negative interest rates globally. I think this is something that everyone needs to think about in greater detail. I believe...
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Rising tides for athlete's earnings

Aug 02, 2019 |Mark Porretta
There's no perfect formula for how much money people make. This has never been more evident than in professional sports. Athletes’ salaries illustrate one of the basic economic theories; you get paid as much as someone is willing to pay you. Last week...
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Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work

Jun 11, 2019 |Mark Porretta
My associate recently showed me this video that discusses why work doesn't happen at work. In this Ted Talk by Jason Fried, he discusses the issues that he finds of why people have trouble getting work done in the office. He touches on the fact that when...
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A Guide to Recession

May 31, 2019 |Mark Porretta
Last week we had a meeting with one of our investment partners and were handed an internal marketing item that we found rather interesting. It discussed a topic that’s on everyone's mind – when will the next recession start. What we liked about this marketing...
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The future of the American Mall

May 03, 2019 |Mark Porretta
I'm guessing that you think you already know what I'm going to say. Physical stores are dying and the future of shopping is online. As time moves forward, I too adhere to this message. I came across an article published on Bloomberg this weekend that...
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2019 Federal Budget

Mar 22, 2019 |Mark Porretta
The Liberal government tabled its pre-election budget on March 19, 2019. The budget announced spending initiatives with a special focus on housing, skills for a changing job market, targeted measures for seniors, new support for zero-emission vehicles...
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The robots may be coming to healthcare — but so are the jobs

Mar 08, 2019 |Mark Porretta
Over the past few years, people have become increasingly worried about their job security with the rise in robotics and artificial intelligence. This article highlights the need for humans, as our society becomes more technologically developed and dependent...
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Changing profit environment for U.S. companies

Feb 15, 2019 |Mark Porretta
Much of the last 8 years has been a prosperous time for many investors. With the most recent Q4 correction, investors recently became worried that it was something more. While we haven't experienced a worse December for the S&P 500 since 1930, it has...
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Starting a business? How to plan for success as an entrepreneur

Feb 08, 2019 |Mark Porretta
I came across this great article that highlights the story and experiences of Dr. Marjorie Dixon. She goes through the ups and downs of starting and growing her own business from eight employees to 80 full time employees. She goes in depth describing...
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Strategic Alliance Between RBC GAM and BlackRock

Jan 29, 2019 |Mark Porretta
Some interesting news came out on Tuesday between RBC GAM and BlackRock. RBC GAM and BlackRock are forming a strategic alliance to bring together the ETF families to create RBC iShares and a $60 billion pool of index-based investments. This is another...
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