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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.

Weekly sound bite: Doha's failure revealing that inflation is far from dead

On Sunday in Doha, major oil exporting countries failed to come to an agreement with respect to limiting production. Despite the collapse in talks, oil has bounced back from its initial sell-off early Monday. It appears that Doha's failure is actually giving our theme that growth may surprise on the upside a boost. With oil production still going full-steam ahead outside of the United States, there must be something at work to keep prices from collapsing.

Weekly Sound Bite: Stocks showing possible breakout and Bank of Canada's Monetary Policy Report has a glaring omission

Toronto stocks appear to be at a decision point of having to pick between a breakout or breakdown. Both the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) and S&P/TSX Composite indices have been flirting with their 200-day moving averages for some time. As we start the trading day Thursday, it looks like stocks want to move higher with both indices trading above their long-term averages. In fact, the INK CIN Index has closed above its 200-day average for 3 days in a row.

Weekly Sound Bite: Looking for signs that the global economy may surprise on the upside

For the past year or so we have been getting used to bad news on the world economy with the IMF, OECD, and the Fed taking a downbeat view on world growth, particularly China. However, North American insiders have not been so negative recently.

First live year: INK Canadian Insider Index beats S&P/TSX Composite by 7.8%

Monday November 16th marked the first full live year of the INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. The period was dominated by a collapse in crude oil prices and the stunning fall from grace of Canada's drug giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (INK Edge outlook: rainy; VRX). In this down market environment, the INK CIN Index beat the S&P/TSX Composite Index by 7.76% on a total return basis.

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