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It's just doom and gloom everywhere we look. Be it headlines in the daily newspapers, the TV stations, the radio stations, the Internet... I've never seen so many media outlets following the stock market. The amount of disinformation being circulated is doing a very good job of scaring…

It was a nasty day on Monday that reminded me of the technology melt down in 2000 and Black Monday in 1987. The selling capitulation was evident, as about 2.8 billion shares traded on the NASDAQ, but the volume was not that bad given the degree of selling.…

You can't say this is not an interesting time for stock markets. Not only are the bulls looking for positive news, but now, for the time being, bears cannot even short some 799 U.S. financial stocks and, in Canada, you cannot short banks. The government and Fed have lots…

News that the U.S. economy lost 63,000 jobs in February, the biggest drop in five years, has more than just Americans concerned. Earlier this week, Canada reduced its key interest rate by an unexpected 50 basis points over concerns that weakness in the world's largest economy would have…

The Canadian corporate landscape is notorious for either hollowing out or for fearing to venture out of its comfort zone -- the country's own borders. Why the latter? After quite a number of failed ventures into China, Canadian businesses are convinced that risks in emerging markets far outweigh…

Last week, one of my favorite investment analysts predicted an enormous bull market in agricultural commodities and continuing weakness in the U.S. dollar, and lambasted the Federal Reserve for creating an inflationary environment. Jim Rogers is no stranger to investors and he is a fellow who puts his…

About three years ago, just before the commodities' boom, there was a following of analysts who expected our loonie to hit parity in the near future. I'm not sure if that "near future" extended for three years or so, but the Canadian dollar got there eventually. And then,…

Many different types of commodities have increased in value since the tech bust of 2000. Cooper, platinum, silver, uranium -- they are all up significantly in price over the past seven years. Today, however, I’m going to focus on two essential commodities that I believe will play an…

A few weeks ago, my teenage son showed me an online virtual world, aptly called "Second Life." It is literally a parallel world where people can create perfect, dream lives that would otherwise be impossible in the real world. Let me tell you, it is very, very easy…

The good news in this reckoning is that attractive new investment opportunities are beginning to appear out of the blue. I've already come across four great stocks worthy of further investigation. Earnings season is always the best time to look for new stocks to consider. The market's recent…

High-grade copper prices are close to a contract high for the September expiry. The September contract is approaching $3.70 after rebounding off some minor technical support at $3.20 in late May. The previous surge to nearly $3.80 in early May failed to hold on demand concerns relating to…

Canadians living in the Province of Ontario have had a rather annoying situation to deal with recently, as they have had to experience a gasoline supply shock. The shortage was due to a fire that occurred at one of Imperial Oil's refineries last week, which caused a gas…

Well, according to most Lombardi Financial editors, that distinctive edge that small-cap investors have would be liquidity, or rather, the lack thereof. Please don't think that we have lost our collective marbles. There is logic to our madness. On any given day, the so-called "smart money" or big…

I know this doesn't sound terribly patriotic, but after the head gasket on our brand-new Oldsmobile Alero literally melted (because it was made of plastic???), we decided never again to own a North American car. Now we drive a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and let me tell you, what…

On February 14, 2007, U.S. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made his semi-annual trip up to Capitol Hill to present the latest U.S. Monetary Policy Report to Congress. Though not omitting the obligatory words of caution, his testimony was taken by investors as a confirmation that the "Goldilocks" economy,…

Although Canada is in a deep freeze now, it's a fact that winter has been unseasonably warm until recently. As an illustration, the second day of the New Year, I went biking on Toronto's miles- long trails. The day was too warm to pass by. I also remember…

Income trusts in Canada are still fuming over Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's decision to tax trust distributions. They are counteracting the Minister's so-called intervention at leveling the playing field by saying that income trusts are now labeled as pariahs when accessing money pools, which is ultimately likely…

Since 1932, some of the smartest Canadians would gather every summer at the Couchiching Conference to discuss progress: What drives it, what brings it, what creates it. Some of the early topics contemplated facets of the New World, peace, democracy, as well as Canada's place in that ever-changing…

For years, Canada was happy and content to stay in the box--as long as it meant being together with the U.S. Yet, after the recent G-8 summit, it became clear the box is no longer enough. The world is changing, rapidly, and if we don't catch on, the…

There are some stocks out there that worry me. If you check up on Intel, you'll find a stock that's been going down since January of 2004. Since the beginning of this year, the stock market has been particularly unkind to this stock, even though the technology sector…