Chime is now worth $14.5 billion, surging past Robinhood as the most valuable U.S. consumer fintech

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Description: The fintech world has a new heavyweight. Chime, the start-up that delivers banking services through mobile phones, has closed a fundraising that values the company at $14.5 billion, CNBC has learned exclusively. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/18/chime-is-now-worth-14point5-billion-surging-past-robinhood-as-the-most-valuable-us-consumer-fintech-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say to help explain the success of… Read more »

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch

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Description: Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/singapore-to-pay-citizens-for-keeping-healthy-with-apple-watch?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Describe the partnership plan between Apple, government,… Read more »

Yes, It’s a Stock Market Bubble. That Doesn’t Mean Trouble for Investors Just Yet.

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Description: Every stock market bubble begins with a story, and make no mistake—this is a stock market bubble. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/articles/the-market-is-a-bubble-but-that-doesnt-mean-troubleyet-51599862332?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the current state of the market? Do you agree with this assessment and advice? What should investors do with this information,… Read more »

Why the stock market and the economy actually aren’t disconnected

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Description: What’s up with this crazy stock market anyway? Apple, Tesla, Zoom and their ilk have been going nuts, driving the Nasdaq and S&P 500 to record highs—and greatly enriching the billionaire class—(only to drop precipitously late this week.) All this while the economy is in recession and millions are unemployed—some even unable to put food… Read more »

Tesla Won’t Be Joining the S&P 500

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Description: The S&P Dow Jones Indices announced changes to the S&P 500 index, effective at the open of trading Sept. 21. The addition list did not include Tesla  (TSLA) – Get Report, which was in the running to join the elite index. Source: TheStreet.com – video report Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/tesla-wont-be-joining-the-s-and-p-500?jwsource=cl Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Why the TSX is heading to an all-time high of 18,200 by year-end: BMO’s Brian Belski

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Description: Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist at BMO Capital Markets, speaks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about what might affect stock prices and why the TSX is headed to an all-time high by year-end. Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Sep 02, 2020 Link: https://youtu.be/z7cLq6Hwd24 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this interview… Read more »

Founder of world’s largest hedge fund doubles down on ‘cash is trash’ argument, warning of debt-fueled inflation

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Description: Ray Dalio says government spending will soon erode the value of the U.S. dollar Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 09, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/founder-of-worlds-largest-hedge-fund-doubles-down-on-cash-is-trash-argument-warning-of-debt-fueled-inflation-2020-04-08?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the inflation scenario painted by Ray Dalio? Do think this is likely? What should investors do if they agree with this scenario?

Forget Unicorns. Startups Should Be Camels.

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Description: Startup ‘camels’ prioritize sustainability by balancing growth with cash flow. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 07, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347659?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What is the fundament difference between growing a unicorn versus a camel? What are the financial recommendations for start-ups and the reasons given for those choices? Do you agree with these suggestions?

How the coronavirus crash is setting the stage for the next oil boom

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Description: Tom Bradley: When someone tells you that oil is dead, don’t believe them Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Apr 09, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/coronavirus-crash-next-oil-boom?video_autoplay=true Questions for discussion: Explain why oil will rise again, according to the theory presented in the article? How should investors approach this sector at this time?

Cash crunch and layoffs: Inside small businesses’ fight for survival

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Description: It’s been a tough month for Canada’s small businesses. A significant part of Canada’s economic engine, many small businesses across the country have laid off staff as COVID-19 threatens to close their doors permanently. To avoid this, Ottawa has announced a ?wage subsidy program for companies, charities and non-profits to help cover three-quarters of employees’ salaries… Read more »