Back to School Checklist

Back to School Checklist

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by admin No Comments

MyTalisman – Live the Life You Love! Logging flights as a student pilot taught me the importance of following a checklist.  When everything is going as expected, its easy to become complacent and to overlook something important.  Confirming there is adequate fuel for the flight and the weight of the load comes to mind.  Financial […]

Talisman 2016 Annual Report

Talisman 2016 Annual Report

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by David Atwood No Comments

Growth and Service Milestones Welcome to the opening weeks of 2017 and the 1st day of the rest of your life!  Thank you for sharing this important part of your journey with us here at Talisman.  Some of our best clients have decades of experience investing with us and they have witnessed quite a transformation […]

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Elizabeth Warren Video Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren speak out on behalf of those without a voice.  A giant, Wells Fargo and CEO John Stumph, is called out for cross selling to unsuspecting victims, blaming thousands of front line staff, and for pocketing hundreds of millions  in compensation.    The result – a giant takes a knee and a win for […]

Interest Rates Lower Than the Belly of a Snake

Interest Rates Lower Than the Belly of a Snake

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Low interest rates are the spawning ground for a number of different economic shifts and upheavals.  The more obvious examples are the impact on savers, largely those pensioners who may have been relying on rates in the mid single digits or higher.  Many retirees may have thought they had enough savings to carry them through […]

Price versus Value

Price versus Value

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by David Atwood No Comments

The definition of a cynic is, according to Oscar Wilde, “A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” Understanding the difference between price versus value can result in social and economic outcomes that are remarkably different than those experienced by a cynic.  A cynic is more likely to be inclined toward […]

Benefits of Bad Behavior – Confirmation Bias

Benefits of Bad Behavior – Confirmation Bias

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by David Atwood No Comments

You may know someone who would rather not think about anything that upsets their impression of who they are.  Who am I kidding, it happens to all of us at one time or another!  Speaking for myself, I have a reputation to uphold and I don’t want to look dumb, weak, or to lose face.  I […]

The Cry of the Loonie

The Cry of the Loonie

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by David Atwood 1 Comment

When our currency is devalued, our purchasing power is eroded and many of us are uncomfortable with the implications.  Last week it was reported that a head of cauliflower was selling for $7.00 in Ottawa and Toronto.  Travelling out of the country is costing 30% more than it did only 18 months ago.  Bottled water […]

Capture MegaVac Mechanical Thrombectomy System

Capture MegaVac Mechanical Thrombectomy System

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Advances in healthcare technology are increasing life expectancy.  Save the humans so that the planet we call home is inhabited by a species that can compound knowledge for the benefit of all living things.  

Do Something Syndrome

Do Something Syndrome

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by David Atwood No Comments

Reading time, 3 minutes, 5 seconds Another of the more pronounced human behaviours to influence our personal and investment outcomes is the urge to do something. The Do Something Syndrome may do more harm than good so it is worthy of consideration. Have you ever been delayed by traffic and quickly created “plan B” to […]

Redefining Risk

Redefining Risk

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by David Atwood No Comments

Reading time: Long Link: http://www.brandes.com/docs/default-source/brandes-institute/2015/redefining-risk-and-return.pdf?utm_source=RedefiningRisk Common sense investors are challenged to make sense of what is taught in business schools throughout North America as regards to Modern Portfolio Theory, particularly the use of standard deviation, beta, and the Sharpe Ratio for the measurement of risk. Regulators rely on measurements like these to categorize investments and […]