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Sound Bites: Pot stock consolidation and the cryptocurrency trust factor

In my latest interview with Jim Goddard on Howestreet.com, we discuss how Canadian marijuana firms are scrambling to increase capacity through expansion, mergers, and takeovers in preparation for legalization later this hear. Investors seem to be betting that these companies will be ready to deliver big profits soon. Meanwhile, insiders were selling the recent rally. So, was the sell-off last week a short-term buying opportunity?

Canadian prosperity on the line as Poloz plays with housing fire

In our most recent market update to clients and my regular interview with Kirk Lapointe on Monday, I explained that the Bank of Canada needs to start talking about normalizing interest rates, because the economy is now growing and the rationale for having ultra low rates is evaporating. Indeed, we saw insiders anticipate the recovery in Western Canada during last fall's rebalancing of the INK Canadian Insider Index when the index make-up tilted towards Energy and Canadian retail names.

Poloz forced to admit responsibility in driving up home prices at Senate testimony

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz admits in testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce that it is the Bank of Canada's low rates, and not China, that is primarily responsible for inflated housing prices. In refreshing and remarkably direct questioning on October 19, 2016, Committee Chairman David Tkachuk asks, "aren't we at fault for the ease of people getting into a house, and it's driving the prices up?" The central bank chief's answer surprised me. He says it is indeed true.

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