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10 Potential Black Swans And Opportunities For The U.S. Economy In 2017

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Posted by John Maulding via Seeking Alpha

on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 08:24

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* We've reached that wonderful time of year when financial pundits pull out their forecaster hats and take a crack at the future.

* This time the exercise is particularly interesting because we're at several turning points.

* Any one of them could remake the entire year overnight.

We've reached that wonderful time of year when financial pundits pull out their forecaster hats and take a crack at the future. This time the exercise is particularly interesting because we're at several turning points. Any one of them could remake the entire year overnight.

I should probably say up front that I am actually somewhat optimistic about 2017 - optimistic, meaning I think we will muddle through - but that's a lot better outcome than I was expecting five months ago. However, mid-course corrections may be warranted.

Instead of trying to answer questions about the future, I'll try to list those we should be asking as 2017 opens.

We can't afford for any of the major components of the global economy to break down; so, it's smart to ask, "Where are the weak points?". That's what we'll do today. We'll poke at the economic mechanism as it grinds along.

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...continue reading HERE

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The 27 most important finance books ever written

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Posted by Business Insider

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 07:18

"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none," Charlie Munger, the vice chairman at Berkshire Hathaway, once said.

With that in mind, we've highlighted 27 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.

Many of these books show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.

Topics covered include everything from the most important principles of investing to inside stories of the worst financial crises in modern history.

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....continue HERE for each of the 27 books with summary (top right will be arrows to move forward, or back through the 27 books)



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The Implosion Of The Global Markets Has Started And Can’t Be Stopped

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Posted by Steve St. Angelo - SRSrocco Report

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:11

Global-Asset-Universe-2015NEWThe world doesn’t realize it yet, but the implosion of the global markets has started and can’t be stopped.  While the financial networks continue to focus on the rising U.S. stock market and Dollar, this represents a mindset that has totally gone insane.

Why?  Because the rapidly increasing Dollar and broader U.S. stock market do not represent a healthy economy, rather it reveals the swelling of the cancerous U.S. financial tumor.  The faster and larger it grows, the more it will endanger the U.S. economy.

I am completely surprised by the lack of wisdom in the Mainstream and Alternative media analyst community.  While many Mainstream analysts are probably paid to put out positive financial or economic propaganda, a good portion of the alternative media has no clue about the key factor that is driving the world straight over the cliff.

Furthermore, many precious metals investors are throwing in the towel and getting into the greatest overvalued stock market frenzy in history.  

....read more HERE

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips

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Posted by Philip Kuzyk, Canaccord Genuity

on Friday, 16 December 2016 16:38

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As 2016 draws to a close, now is a good time to plan ahead to take advantage of tax savings, particularly as tax rates increased this year across the country. In addition to maximizing your RRSP and TFSA contributions and realizing any capital losses, make sure that any payments that may be eligible for tax deductions or credits are made ahead of the deadline.

Here are some key CRA dates for consideration:

Payments due by December 31, 2016:

• Investment counsel fees, interest and other investment expenses

• Medical expenses

• Child and spousal support payments

• Charitable donations

• Deductible legal fees

• Interest on student loans

• Contributions to your RRSP if you turned 71 on or before    December 31, 2016

You also have until December 31, 2016, to:

• Rebalance corporate class mutual funds tax-free

• Benefit from tax-loss selling

• Delay RRSP withdrawals under the Home Buyers Plan or Lifelong Learning Plan (until January 1, 2017)

• Make TFSA contributions as well as any necessary withdrawals

• Make RESP contributions to qualify for CESG

• Convert your RRSP to a RRIF if you turned 71 in 2016

• Benefit from the Children’s Fitness and Arts Credit

Payments due by January 30, 2017:

• Interest owed on spousal loans

Payments due by March 1, 2017:

• Contributions to your own RRSP or a spousal RRSP

• Contributions to federal or provincial labour-sponsored venture capital corporations

• RRSP repayments under a Home Buyers’ Plan or a Lifelong Learning Plan

 

Philip G. Kuzyk FCSI, CIM

Portfolio Manager, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

609 Granville Street, Suite 2200, Vancouver BC V7Y 1H2

T: 604.699.0869 | F: 604.643.1802 | TF: 888.589.9591

E: philip.kuzyk@canaccord.com |www.canaccordgenuity.com



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ECB surprise places Euro on chaotic ride

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Posted by FXStreet.com

on Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:13

53-636168038982780966The Euro/Dollar was exposed to extreme levels of volatility during trading on Thursday following the European Central Bank’s market shaking decision to taper its monetary stimulus to the Eurozone from April 2017 until the end of December 2017 or beyond. Although the central bank has decided to maintain its monthly purchases by 80 billion euros until March 2017, the reduction to 60 billion euros from April 2017 till year end could spark fears of a taper tantrum potentially sabotaging growth and pressuring the ECB to take further actions. With concerns still elevated over the health of the European economy and mounting political instability from Italy weighing heavily on sentiment, investors may turn to Draghi for further clarity on why the ECB made such a move.

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