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LETTING GO…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on LETTING GO…

LETTING GO…

    It’s been said that scars are battle wounds. Marks of survival. They’re what you’re left with following a struggle of some kind, indicating you’ve made it out the other side. Just like everyone, I have some visible scars, like the proof of a particularly nasty bout of chicken pox at the age of four – a large pockmark on the bridge of my nose, causing much ridiculing at school and never fully made invisible with time. I have an insect-shaped mark on my ribs, where the stitches following the...

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Most stock markets gain on the week

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on Most stock markets gain on the week

Most stock markets gain on the week

Global stock markets were mostly higher this week despite the lack of a resolution to the Greece crisis and concerns over when U.S. interest rates will rise. Markets moved upward earlier in the week on optimism that Greece might soon reach a deal with creditors to avoid default on debt and stay in the eurozone. However, waning optimism later in the week and comments by a U.S. Federal Reserve governor that rate increases could occur in September and December put pressure on share prices. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite gained, while Wall...

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Economic, political concerns send stock markets lower

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on Economic, political concerns send stock markets lower

Economic, political concerns send stock markets lower

Most equity markets moved lower this week. Concerns over debt negotiations with Greece, economic news and a continuing bond market selloff contributed to stock market volatility. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite retreated slightly, with volatile commodities prices adding to the impact of other global developments. Commodities and related stocks were hurt by downgraded forecasts for economic growth. The Canadian energy sector initially benefitted as oil prices reached their highest point so far this year, but then fell back on disappointing...

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DOST THOU SPEAKETH MY LANGUAGE?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on DOST THOU SPEAKETH MY LANGUAGE?

DOST THOU SPEAKETH MY LANGUAGE?

  When I decided to write this piece, an interesting factoid and accompanying statistic I read about a year ago came to mind. I’d read an article talking about how we communicate, and the propensity for miscommunication. The author spoke of The Interpersonal Gap – defined as “the degree of congruence between one person’s intentions and the effect which is produced in another person” – and stated that as high as 80% of our communication doesn’t connect the way we intend it to, leading to a very...

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Mixed news holds stock markets back

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on Mixed news holds stock markets back

Mixed news holds stock markets back

Stock markets around the world declined this week amid volatility created by U.S. and global economic data, interest rate concerns and geopolitical developments. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite index fell despite largely favourable second-quarter earnings reports, dividend increases and share buybacks from Canadian banks. The energy and materials sectors lost ground on wavering commodities prices. Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.6% y-o-y in the first quarter of the year, a sharp decline from 2.4% in the final quarter...

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5 THINGS AN AFFAIR MIGHT NOT MEAN

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on 5 THINGS AN AFFAIR MIGHT NOT MEAN

5 THINGS AN AFFAIR MIGHT NOT MEAN

  So it's finally come to this: one way or another, you're convinced your partner is having an affair. What now? In Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (link is external), Cacilda Jethá, my co-author (and wife) and I argue that there's a good reason long term sexual monogamy is hard for human beings. The evidence we present in the book shows that til death do us part may be a wonderful ideal, but it's anything but an easy (or natural) path for most human beings. Yes, we are moral beings (most...

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Global equity markets mixed on the week

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on Global equity markets mixed on the week

Global equity markets mixed on the week

Global stock markets were mixed in a volatile trading week. Renewed concerns about share valuations and mixed economic data sent markets lower earlier in the week. However, improving data, investor sentiment and political developments resulted in a late-week rebound for many markets, particularly in Europe. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite lost ground, underperforming U.S. and European indexes. Canadian energy stocks were among the hardest hit as investors considered the impact of the election of an NDP majority government in Alberta. The...

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SOMETIMES IT LASTS IN LOVE…

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on SOMETIMES IT LASTS IN LOVE…

SOMETIMES IT LASTS IN LOVE…

  This article has been a particularly hard one for me to write, because while I have written quite ‘hands-off’ and personally removed from my pieces over the last year, I am, with this, writing from a place of experience. Currently, I have felt mentally constipated if you will, trying to get all of the words, thoughts and emotions out onto the ‘page’ and it’s been a struggle bringing them forth. They’re still not all there. I am still working through it all and am only part-way into this journey,...

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COME SAIL AWAY…

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on COME SAIL AWAY…

COME SAIL AWAY…

Written by Greg Westerlund   Wanna be a pirate? Wanna sail for free?  The best summer tip that people overlook etc We have all seen sailboats in the bay or on the lake on a summer’s afternoon. Perhaps there is very little wind and a lone boat is just ghosting lazily by the beach. Maybe there is a bunch of them clustered together and you can hear their sails flapping in the breeze. They seem out of reach: you probably need to know someone with one, or take expensive lessons or go on a charter. But that is not necessarily so....

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Economic developments push shares lower

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Health & Wealth, Highlighted Features | Comments Off on Economic developments push shares lower

Economic developments push shares lower

Most of the world's stock markets retreated this week on a combination of disappointing economic data and a weakening U.S. dollar. U.S. economic growth slowed sharply to just 0.2% y-o-y in the first quarter of 2015. The situation was attributed to a harsh winter, slowing business investment, declining export growth and consumer spending weakness. The latest numbers represent a decline from 2.2% growth in gross domestic product in the final three months of 2014 and 5% in the third quarter of last year. "Economic growth slowed during...

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