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Economics Made Easy

It's later than you think

Aug 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

I’ve been writing about the potential for an upcoming financial crash for the past two and a half years. It would appear that we are closer than ever to this event; we may even experience it before year end. On Monday of this week China experienced its second largest stock market crash in...

Economic ecosystems

Jun 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

I’m continually taken aback and appalled by government’s complete lack of understanding of markets and business in general. This is only exceeded by my shock and bewilderment of government’s misguided belief that they can grow an economy and create jobs. You hear it all the time...

Parking meter conundrum

Apr 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Two days ago I drove downtown for a business meeting. When I returned to my car I had a parking ticket on my windshield. Being the critical thinker that I am, I began to mentally dissect the mythology behind the parking meter. Roads, streets, sidewalks, parking meters, street lights are all paid...

Have a heart

Feb 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Last week I walked by the Have a Heart Radiothon in the Orchard Park Mall. The goal of the radiothon was to raise funds for the pediatric ward at the Kelowna Hospital. Tears filled my eyes as I listened to the heart wrenching stories. At the same time my spirit was elevated as I witnessed over...

New boss same as the old boss

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

So Kelowna has selected a new city council and we can look forward to “change”. It amazes me how politicians cling to the word change when they are conducting election campaigns. Politics is as distant from the word “change” as the Mafia is from the word “peace”....

America has fallen

Jan 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

It is quite surprising that main stream media has paid little attention to this fact, but as of December 4th of 2014 the US economy is no longer the largest economy in the world. The title of “World’s Leading Economic Powerhouse” now belongs to China. Not since the presidency of...

Long live gold

Nov 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is a little known landmark decision coming up in Switzerland on November 30th of this year which could affect the currency market around the globe. It could actually turn the financial world on its head. The people of Switzerland (notice I said people, not government or central bank, but...

Got currency broker?

Nov 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I want to talk about the incredible volatility that we have seen in the currency market over the past few months. The reason that we are seeing such drastic moves in the currency market is because we are presently in the midst of a global currency war. I have written about this in a past...

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Oct 31, 2014 / 6:00 am

The murder of Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa on October 22nd was a heart breaking tragedy for this soldier, his family and humanity in general. It’s hard to believe, but there is an even greater tragedy that has come from the death of this innocent person: and that is the disgusting way that...

Hidden inflation

Oct 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

I’ve addressed inflation many times before in this column, but today I want to look at a little more camouflaged form of inflation. Twenty years ago I bought my first investment property in Calgary. At that time durable goods (items that have a life expectancy in excess of three years i.e.:...

Impeach Christy Clark

Sep 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

So it looks like we are finally coming to the end of the government’s bullying of our teachers and our children as B.C. schools are poised to open next week. Without a doubt this has been handled in the worst way possible. But as I always say, if you want something screwed up, managed...

Show me the money

Jul 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

I’ve been monitoring the provincial school teachers strike quite closely and am surprised by the fact that one of the questions on the forefront of my mind seems to be absent from others. My concern is that the B.C. taxpayer, regardless of whether they have children in the public school...

Patriotism = Blind Faith

Jun 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

So once again the patriotic holiday season is upon us in Canada and the U.S. with Canada Day and Independence Day on the horizon. For the past couple of years I’ve been finding myself questioning why everybody is getting so gosh darned excited on these two days. What’s up with this...

Government shuns education

May 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

So here we go again, our teachers in District 23 will be invoking strike action once again on Monday. Even with all of the money that is stolen from us by government through taxation, (see my last article) government refuses to channel a sufficient amount of those funds taken at gun point towards...

A day in the life of a Cdn taxpayer

May 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

I awoke this morning hoping that it was simply a nightmare. Unfortunately it was no nightmare…it’s real…it’s Tax Time! Realistically if you eat, sleep, breath or simply have a pulse in this country, it's Tax Time 365 days of the year. Ninety-seven years ago Prime...

Canada should mind its own beeswax

Mar 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

I’m not sure if you are up to date on what is going on in the Ukraine, but here’s a quick break down. Crimea, which is an autonomous republic in the southern region of the Ukraine, has elected a new government and has held a referendum which resulted in the people wanting to join the...

Government: the most organized crime

Feb 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Two weeks ago I was drinking a morning coffee in Calgary whilst reading the Calgary Herald. I nearly choked when I read an article that stated Alberta Premier Alison Redford had spent $45,000 of the Alberta taxpayer’s money on a five day trip to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s...

The Emperor has no clothes

Feb 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

I have written about inflation vs deflation in a previous article (Deflation: Friend or Foe) , however I feel it warrants addressing again as our economically-challenged Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is once again arguing the merits of an economy that must sustain inflation. Bankers,...

War is over

Dec 27, 2013 / 5:00 am

I feel like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire when he writes his mission statement. I have one hundred things on my desk and about 15 minutes to write this article before the cutoff deadline. Here goes. If I could only choose one thing from my Christmas Wish List it would be without a doubt to abolish...

Canada: The 51st State

Nov 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

As goes the US, so goes Canada. When the US decided, as incorrect as it was, to invade Afghanistan; Canada followed suite. When American unilaterally decided to bomb Libya, the Canadian lap dog blindly followed. When the US government decided to bailout failing auto company GM, after all fascism...


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