Return of the Bear Market: Are You Ready?
On Thursday, March 12, the US stock market entered a bear market. US stocks enter bear market territory after Trump’s travel ban ~~CNN A bear market, which is defined as a 20% drop in the stock market, officially brings to an end the longest bull market the world has ever seen. And it was caused by this. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was sharply restricting travel to the United States from more than two dozen European countries, a drastic step he framed as an attempt to contain a spreading public health crisis that has engulfed his presidency. ~~ Trump says he’s […]
Is the Coronavirus the next Black Swan Event?
The definition of a black swan event is an unexpected event with major negative consequences, and the key word in that description is “unexpected.” If you had asked me at the beginning of 2020 (and many people did) to guess what would cause the next stock market crash, I would have said the US-China trade war, or maybe Brexit, or at very least something to do with Trump and the upcoming US election. A coronavirus pandemic? No way in a million years would I have guessed that. The coronavirus known as COVID-19 has dominated the news coverage in a way […]
Worried About The Coronavirus Impact On Markets?
At the end of 2019 after the Portugal Chautauqua, we decided to fly over to Asia to spend the winter months escaping the snow and chilling out on the beach. We’ve been to Asia before and loved it, but this time something was different. In the middle of December, we started hearing about a mysterious flu-like disease coming out of Wuhan, China. Little did we know that we were witnessing the start of the coronavirus epidemic that would eventually spread all over Asia, and then even beyond that. This isn’t the first time we’ve ran into news events during our […]
Investment Workshop 56: How Does the WealthSimple Portfolio Stack Up?
Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. Last week, we took a look at WealthSimple’s user interface. Since the entire point of Robo-Advisors is to be user-friendly, I was expecting a pretty, easy-to-understand flow and in this case, WealthSimple didn’t disappoint. But to be honest, pretty much every Robo-Advisor is user-friendly. A Robo-Advisor that opens up with a view of complicated charts and spreadsheets wouldn’t last 2 days in this space before going down in flames. But we do know that behind that user-friendly sheen is […]
Investment Workshop 55: Wealthsimple
Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. So today we’re going to take one of these Robo-Advisors out for a test drive. Sound like fun? That’s because it is! Our Robo-Advisor that we’ll be evaluating will be WealthSimple. Why WealthSimple? I’ve actually been following WealthSimple for a few years now and have really been impressed by their company’s growth from a relatively small Toronto-based fin-tech startup into the stable, mature company it’s become. At various times, I’ve also played around with their interface and have always […]