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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Covered Call Stories – Rhetoric, Reality and Volatility

October 26, 2018
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

China’s economic growth recently slowed to its weakest pace since the first quarter of 2009. President Trump sure knows how to whip his rally attendees into fervour, but he really isn’t helping their cause much.

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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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