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This blog provides timely updates and opinions on market and economic trends from Michael Campbell who is one of Canada`s most respected business analysts. Michael is best known as the host of  MoneyTalks, Canada's #1 rated syndicated business radio show. He is also a familiar face to thousands of investors through his role as Senior Business Analyst for BCTV News on Global. Get more great insights from Michael and his team of contributors at

Robot Union Demands $2 an Hour

One subject that can always guarantee some angry emails and usually name-calling along lines of "I’m a moron to suggest that technological substitution has to be considered in so many areas from minimum wage, to government subsidies, healthcare reform and transit. It's a good bet these people won't want to consider the impact of technology on the Presidential election, where Donald Trump rode blue-collar job losses to the white house in some key states.

Crude oil: setting up for rare buying opportunity

Josef Schachter, President of Schachter Asset Management, sees a combination of tax loss selling and other factors setting crude up for a fabulous imminent buying opportunity at much lower levels than we trade today in the upcoming December/January period. A more than a doubling of Crude Oil prices are in the scenario he illustrates in this interview. 

Weapons of mass deception

Earlier this week in a business comment I upset some media colleagues by saying that we were witnessing not only a major decline in US democracy but also a death blow to the mainstream media as we know it.

Obviously that's a broad generalization, but I think it's valid.

Live from the trading desk: big themes making money

Michael Campbell talks to Victor Adair, Senior Vice President and Derivatives Portfolio Manager at PI Financial, who continues to remain short Gold even after a $100 drop because he's not convinced enough speculative long positions have been shaken out of the market.

Money Talks: Greg Weldon takes a shine to industrial metals

Michael Campbell interviews widely followed market analyst Greg Weldon. Greg is watching the Russian ruble and Mexican peso for clues as to how the market perceives the US election, an event which will impact on stocks, volatility, and interest rates. Greg also illuminates two key takeaways on OPEC, the impetus behind their recent short term moves where Saudi Arabia cut production, as well as the longer term, bigger picture.

Money Talks: Hillary or Donald? Who cares?

I don't think anyone in the commentariat shows any sign of understanding what is revealed by the two political quotes below. The first quote is my favorite because it sums up my sentiments.

Gary Johnson, the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party in the US was asked during his appearance on The View whether he would vote Clinton or Trump if someone had a gun to his head. He replied:

"I'd let the gun go off."

Money Talks interview: Jeff Olin warns don't be seduced by yield

Listen to why Vision Capital's President and CEO Jeff Olin would be looking to short, not buy, many high yielding REITs in the current market. Instead of fixating on yield, Jeff likes to focus on underlying cash flow and what is being paid out. Right now, Jeff has identified opportunity in multiple family housing in both Canada and the US. One of his favourite names is TSX-listed CAP REIT. (CAR.UN). He also likes the industrial REIT space which he says is a "wonderful place to be invested."

Money Talks mid-week report: Big hitters warn of market meltdowns

Recently the central bank of Switzerland bought 3,300,000 shares of Apple and Mario Draghi said they will do ANYTHING to save the economy and financial markets. Skilled investors like Soros, Gross, Icahn & Druckenmiller are saying they don't like the underlying implications of the Banks actions at all, and are positioning their portfolios for a tragic conclusion.

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