I am so busy right now its difficult to post regularly but here is what I've been thinking this week.
1) Mohican gives the fall mini-budget a B+ mark for a balanced approach to lowering taxes for individuals, consumers, and corporations. It makes Canada more competitive in an investment sense and helps us all keep more dollars in our pockets. I am a big fan of consumption taxes rather than income taxes so the mini-budget loses marks for the further cut to the GST. I would rather see that money spent on a broader income tax cut. That said, lower taxes are good for everyone.
2) The US Federal Reserve cut rates this week, prompting a broad selloff in the US dollar and a substantial rise in Gold and Oil. I don't see how the US economy is going to avoid a recession given the inflation outlook in the country to the south. Fuel prices alone could be enough to slow the economy into recession given the weak housing market already in place.
3) The Stingy Investor has some great research on various investment techniques and stock picking strategies. I highly recommend reading about them if you are into that sort of thing.
4) The REBGV and FVREB will release statistics on real estate sales, inventory, and prices for October early next week. I'm curious what sort of price action we will see. Clearly the FVREB is leading the march toward a declining market before the REBGV tips. Time will tell.