Recreational Marijuana is Legal in Canada. Now What?

October 17, 2018
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

A lot of the momentum of investing in the Marijuana equity sector has been driven by pending legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Now that we’ve actually reached that day where the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana is legal, investors may get to learn about the sector’s winners and losers.

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Right on Cue: The Return of October Volatility

October 05, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

The U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders. Earnings have been terrific. Unemployment is low and jobs are actually in short supply for the first time in many years. Amazon just announced higher wages, complementing a higher minimum wage in the U.S. and Canada. Tariffs will be inflationary and GDP is finally above potential – we may very well see more serious signs of inflation in the next year.

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What’s New with SKEW?

September 25, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

The SKEW Index is surging to near all-time highs and it’s making some investors nervous. Should it?

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Where Are the Opportunities in Marijuana Investments?

September 24, 2018
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

Marijuana investing is not a slam dunk. As we’ve seen over the last year, while many Marijuana stocks have generated eye-popping returns, the sector has also experienced large drawdowns. With the sector currently flirting with all-time highs, it’s forcing many investors to question if they’ve missed out.

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Option Selling – It’s a Good Business to Be In

September 11, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

When observing option pricing, we should always remember that premiums, while certainly linked to reality, are somewhat of an imperfect predictive tool. Option prices attempt to forecast movement in equities or indices for a given period into the future, but they are unlikely to be entirely correct in the end.

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There’s More to ETF Costs than Management Fees

August 21, 2018

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

Why are ETFs so popular? One reason is that they typically provide a lower-cost way to invest in a given asset class, versus the fees charged by comparable, regular mutual funds.

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Marijuana ETF Rebalance Update: The Race To October!

May 09, 2018
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BY: STEVE HAWKINS, PRESIDENT AND CEO, HORIZONS ETFS

It’s summertime in Canada, but the Canadian Marijuana industry clearly has its sights set on the fall. That’s because October 17, 2018 has been officially set as the date for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada.

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The Gold Bubble - Why Not? There's a Pill for That Too.

April 06, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

I believe central banks are pretending things aren’t, or haven’t been, out of control. In an effort to manage every problem, major or minor, printing money has become quite a popular pastime among these institutions.

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Cannabis and the Greatest Tailwind

June 11, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

As we approach the final destination in Canada’s journey toward legalized recreational cannabis, it’s important to recognize that we’re about to experience a big moment. After all, it’s not every year that prohibition ends for a controlled substance! The steps taken have been significant and brave, but as they say, every journey begins with a first step – what was once thought almost unthinkable is almost upon us.

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Terri MacKinnon Wins the Weekly Prize in the Biggest Winner 8

May 29, 2018
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Congratulations to Terri MacKinnon of Cobourg, Ontario. She is $500 richer for having the best single-week returns during the first week of The Biggest Winner 8 trading competition.

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