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November 19, 2017

I am concerned about Canada says Niall Ferguson

With a flair for the dramatic, Niall Ferguson, is saying he is concerned for Canada. Ferguson likes to remind us that he predicted the 2008 crisis and was shouted down. He is now sounding a warning for Canada. Read the full article here.
Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University in California and a senior research fellow at Oxford. He is a prolific author on history, economics and colonialism and has written and presented five major television series, including The Ascent of Money, which won the 2009 International Emmy Award for best documentary.
"It seems to me unnecessary because Canada doesn't have a major fiscal problem," he said. "It's not as though Canada needs to sell its assets, so I don't see the need for a major realignment of its position as the United States' little brother."
On a recent visit to Australia, Ferguson recalled remarking to an Australian acquaintance: 'You realize you're gradually becoming a Chinese colony? "He said, 'No mate, it's more like a semi-autonomous republic. It's a good place to start (when discussing Canada-China relations)."
"I don't think China makes a massive distinction between Australia and Canada," said Ferguson. "These are thinly populated (nations) with huge quantities of resources that China needs. The question (for China) is: How best to access those? Do you do it by straight forward purchases on the open market or do you want to own them? And if you own them, how far can you go before there is a political backlash. This is what China is asking about a lot of countries."

Fintech innovation and Switzerland

It was an honour to be the guest of the Switzerland Innovaton Enterprise and the Swiss Consulate to their Toronto conference. We were talking Fintech and innovation.
Jacoline Loewen
In the past month, the Switzerland Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) opened an office in Geneva, the group announced in a press release. Launched in January 2017 during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the GBBC is a platform bringing together leading businesses and executives from around the world to educate on the latest innovations in blockchain technology and advocate for its widespread adoption. 

It serves as a global forum for information, collaboration and partnerships. Leading full service blockchain technology company The Bitfury Group and international law firm Covington are behind the initiative.
A global center for international cooperation
By locating in Geneva, the GBBC will work side by side with an array of international organizations active in uniting global causes and industries, such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Speaking on the decision to house the platform in Geneva, Tomicah Tillemann, GBBC Chairman, explained that the Swiss city has “a long history as a place where people come together to reach consensus”, and that it is “already home to some of the world’s most important and effective international institutions”. 

November 18, 2017

How to Use Grief to Change the World

A father who lost his three daughters to Middle East violence has turned this tragedy into change for the region. Last night, I was part of The Daughters for Life Gala fund raiser which educates middle eastern girls here in Canada. The belief is that these women will change the region's attitudes to hatred and genders.
Jacoline Loewen, Daughters for Life Gala
What a steep hill Izzeldin Abuelaish has chosen to climb.
Izzeldin says it was the death of his daughters which pushed him to create change. The women at my table agreed that to push on after such a loss due to a bombing, was remarkable.
We then listened to the scholarship winners all in STEM studies at Canadian Universities. These young women travelled to Canada to go through university programs donated by Brock, Trent, Laurier and York. They each made us laugh, cry and understand that maybe, just maybe, this intervention would be a keystone to changing the whole Middle East.
I just know that if one of those girls was my daughter, I would be very proud of her. I also believe that each of these girls will indeed make a big difference.
Then Izzeldin gave Margaret Atwood a Lifetime Achievement award.  Margaret epitomizes what one woman can achieve. Her book The Handmaiden's Tale did inspire me to move beyond my original life goal to be a good wife and to get an MBA and get into the male area of business - finance.
Margaret Atwood's speech was a reminder of how far I personally have journeyed while reading her books all the way.
Daughters for Life Lifetime Award Recipient
When I - at first read Atwood - I did so reluctantly. Atwood was holding up a picture of Canadian society that I did not want to acknowledge. She also showed females in not always a positive light, showing our deepest fears and pain in our relationships. Such disappointments because of our place in society. She really spelt out for me that I needed to change and to take the harder road. I learnt through her novels how women needed to get their own income and it did inspire me to have a good career. Through out most of my adult life, Margaret has inspired me. My book club is currently reading Alias Grace and I look forward to our discussion, but my best book of hers is Oryx and Crake, a Booker Prize winner.
This evening, Margaret reminded us how far Canada has come in its gender roles. She told us that early in her career she was advised to stop her scribbling and find a good husband. She did not stop her scribbling and she did find a good man though - Graham Greene, her partner for decades. I am thankful she did find true love and she shared her views so bravely.

November 15, 2017

How can you grow your money?

How can you make money?

I suggest that you steal a page from the wealthy.

Business e-Volution, by Jacoline Loewen
The Spectrem Group found business owners account for 6% of seven-figure households — triple that of doctors and lawyers.

Don’t expect to get rich quick; the payoff comes when you sell. There is a great deal of that so-called sweat equity that is not seen or experienced by the average tax payer in Canada.

The median price for a web-design firm last year was $687,500, according to BizBuySell. I write about how to use the Internet to grow your business in my book, Business e-volution.

Construction firms tend to fetch $2.1 million. The bricks and mortor businesses still deliver a good return Not shabby amounts to add to your investment portfolio.

Two demographic trends to keep markets rising

Next week, I am running a breakfast session with our economics strategist and the topic is "Is it Getting Late?"

Jacoline Loewen
This long run is worrying many investors. As we all know, change is constant so what could keep the markets trending upwards?

Here are two demographic developments that I believe are likely to move the markets for decades:

1. Canada’s echo boom

As the ratio of a country’s middle-aged (35- to 49-year-olds) to young (20 to 34) rises, so do stocks, says Brookfield research.
Why? As people age, they start to save more for retirement, which is good for the markets. The Canadian and U.S. M/Y ratio surged in the ’80s, sank in the 2000s, but is expected to turn around next year, thanks to the aging of the millennials.

2. China’s baby boom

Beijing is easing its one-child policy, starting off by allowing parents who are only children themselves to have a second child.
“Think about what that means for demand for infant formula, food, education, and housing,” says David Winters, manager of the Wintergreen Fund.

What do you think? Continue the conversation on Twitter: jacolineloewen