Checking the Charts with a Middle Ages Mathematician

February 07, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

February 7, 2019

The S&P 500 Index has climbed the ‘wall of worry’ impressively so far in 2019. It went from the worst December since the Great Depression to the best January since 1987. Confused? If “yes”, join the club with investors and advisors alike. It’s hard to argue with a bounce like this, but the rest of February should be interesting based on what I’m seeing on the charts. The S&P 500 has just rallied back to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level. Fibo-what?

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Look for Trends with Lasting Power

February 05, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

February 5, 2019

There’s an old saying in investing – “Follow the trend”. But of course, the hard part is in knowing how far along we are in the trend. Naturally, it’s better to get in early, rather than late, and in my view, emerging technologies represent a great opportunity for early stage exposure to a long and promising trend.

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Gold: Checking the Boxes for HGY and HEP

January 24, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

January 24, 2019

The year for gold to shine brightly may be upon us. But actually, the story began last fall as large cracks in the decade-long broader equity love-fest started to show.

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Is Chairman Powell Coming Around to Investors’ Way of Thinking?

January 10, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

January 10, 2019

The payroll report announced on January 4th may seem confusing to some people. The report revealed that non-farm payrolls surged and wages jumped – the largest year-over-year increase since April 2009 for the latter. Workers seem to be re-entering the work force in large numbers.

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Is It Really Just a ‘Glitch’?

January 04, 2019
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BY: NICOLAS PIQUARD, CFA®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

January 4, 2019

Trump’s pronouncement of last month’s market action as a “glitch”, reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A well-known scene in that film depicts a sword fight between King Arthur and the Black Knight – the latter of whom, according to Wikipedia, “suffers from unchecked overconfidence and a staunch refusal ever to give up.”

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Q4 Marijuana ETF Rebalance: Can Marijuana Stocks Rally in 2019?

December 31, 2018
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

December 31, 2018

What a difference a quarter makes. At the end of September 2018, following the previous rebalance of the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) and the Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF (HMJR), we had been very cautious in our rebalancing commentary, highlighting many of the risks of this sector after the euphoria of recreational legalization wore-off.

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Give a Gift with Impact: Consider Donating ETFs to Charity this Holiday Season

December 18, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

December 18, 2018

As the weather gets a little colder in Canada, the end of the year is a time to reflect, take stock (not just on your investments), be warm, merry and spend time with friends and family. Among many, the holiday season is also known by another name: the season of giving.

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Objects in the Future May be Closer than they Appear

December 14, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

December 14, 2018

By definition, science fiction runs ahead of reality in depicting potential future technological capabilities. We like to dream beyond our abilities, and this is frankly what makes the genre so much fun. When the film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, did viewers think it plausible that humanity could, in only a few decades, be travelling to Jupiter?

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Get Paid to Wait in Natural Gas

December 07, 2018
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BY: NICOLAS PIQUARD, CFA®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

For the past several years, it seemed that the easy trade was to go against natural gas. As fracking technology improved over the past decade and natural gas reservoirs were tapped throughout North America, it seemed that the supply was endless. In recent years, hedge funds and other investors have benefited from assuming that prices would remain low.

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Why Are Marijuana Stocks Declining?

October 26, 2018
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

Little more than one week after the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, equities in the Cannabis sector are down collectively. Investors who have entered into the most recent rally understandably want to know what has changed so much post-legalization.

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