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The Canadian insider blog discusses news and insight found among insider and significant shareholder filings in Canada.
 
Ted Dixon is co-founder and CEO of INK Research. He is the creator of the INK Canadian Insider Index, and is the editor of the daily Morning INK and weekly Market INK reports. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail's Globe Investor pages and has also worked as a part-time lecturer in corporate finance at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before starting INK, he worked at the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group where his responsibilities included portfolio strategy and product development. He has also been an analyst at the Fraser Institute and a treasury specialist at the TD Bank. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of CFA Vancouver. He holds an MBA in Financial Management from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC. Listen to his weekly economic commentary on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio FM 98.3.

Nicholas Winton contributes technical commentaries on the INK Canadian Insider Index. Nicholas also writes the High on the Hog blog.

INK Canadian Insider Index beat the S&P/TSX Composite by 5% annually

Over the years, at INK we have been sharpening our focus on insider commitment: the amount of stock that public company officers and directors are buying and holding. Insider commitment forms the foundation of the rules-based INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. Our index process equally considers insider commitment with valuations and price momentum to identify 50-stocks which as group should offer attractive opportunity in the Canadian market.

Does it work? Or as a Globe and Mail writer recently asked when looking at the Horizons Cdn Insider Index ETF (HII) which uses the index, is it a solid strategy or gimmick? Instead of relying on opinion, let's look at the data.

INK Canadian Insider Index Rebounds Strongly After Pullback

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. Last week, the INK Canadian Insider Index dipped to the 1250 area (1246.94 in actual fact) before catapulting higher as I speculated in my last blog. In all, the INK CIN added 4.85 points while closing nearly 22 points off its week's low, and remains near its all-time highs of 1273.62 reached on November 1st.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Vision Risk

There has been building enthusiasm towards stocks focused on or even having exposure to blockchain technologies or cryptocurrencies. Last week, Bitcoin made a new high of over US$7,000, up from just under US$1,000 at the end of last year. While we do not have an insider sentiment indicator on the group, it is worthwhile for investors, speculators or those thinking of speculating in this space to have a sense of some insider dynamics going on within the Bitcoin community.

Sound Bites: the case for inflation and Canadian stocks

In my interview this week with Jim Goddard at Howestreet.com, I make the case that increases in government spending may wake the inflation bear out of its hibernation. In such an environment, the Canadian stock market could do quite well.

Interview: Time to buy Kirkland Lake Gold?

Kirkland Lake Gold (KL) continues to rank highly our INK Edge V.I.P. screens of value, insider commitment and price momentum. It is the largest stock in our INK October Top 20 Gold Report grabbing the number 7 spot. I recently discussed our take on the company with Sara D’Elia at TD Money Talk.

Sound Bites: Money laundering industry a big winner in Trudeau's war with small business

From a Vancouver perspective, the Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau war with small business over proposed tax increases makes no sense. If this duo are really interested in tax fairness, why are they not devoting the same energy and government resources to cleaning up the money laundering industry and its related big dollar tax evasions?

All normal as Canadian stocks break out

What a difference a week can make. All summer the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian (CIN) Insider Index had been trading in a range between 1,150 and 1,180. It was never able to fully break free of its 200-day moving average leaving sceptics to wonder if Canadian stocks were doomed for a year of poor performance on the back of poor oil markets and housing worries.

Last week the Index once again tried to muster the strength to breakout finishing at 1,190. This was the second time in a month it had pushed through 1,180, but this time it might be for real.

Sound Bites: A taxing risk to Canadian growth

Strong Canadian growth on the back of net tax cuts unleashed by the federal government in its 2016 budget, along with infrastructure spending that is just starting to kick in, should add some fuel to the fire for domestically-focused Toronto stocks. On Monday, the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index moved through 1,190 which is a key technical level

Second half outlook: Insiders cautiously bullish towards Canadian stocks

As we make our way through the second half of the year, insiders remain cautiously bullish on the Canadian market. This can be seen by looking at trends with our INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index rebalancing process.

The INK Canadian Insider Index reaches decision point

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. Last week the Index popped up to highs at 1176 but couldn't hold those gains and slid to end the week at 1166.84, down 3 points for the week.

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