Regular downturns are just part of being an investor

Since last week we have had noise surrounding the markets sell-off leading to a drop in stock prices. Here are a few questions I have been asked:   Why have the markets dropped?   The markets took a marked turn downward Friday after the monthly U.S. jobs report showed that wages surged in January, representing… Read more »

What happened in 2017, and what’s ahead for 2018?

The positive market performance of last year was delivered in spite of a tremendous amount of turmoil swirling around the world, and especially in the United States.  As we are all painfully aware, much of it was created, maintained and amplified by politics. US political actions and statements included international relations that offended allies and… Read more »

Astra Client Spotlight

Client spotlight features our clients and their words so that we can gain more insight and learn from each other.   Meet Astra members, Carl and Lorraine Radbruch   Tell us a bit about yourself:   Carl: During my career I was a high school teacher for 12 years, worked for a computer company for… Read more »

Health and Wealth 2 things we want more of

Generally there are two things that we want more of: Health and Wealth. Hans Rosling is a Swedish data scientist that has created an amazing video that shows the change of life expectancy as income rises, over time. This short video starts with the year 1800 when our lifespan was an average of age 40…. Read more »

September Market Update

Last Month in the Markets – September 1st – 30th, 2017   What happened in September? September was a very strong month for North American markets and oil.  The Canadian dollar ended the month almost exactly where it began and gold was considered the ‘loser’. As with all compound situations, and with economics specifically, many… Read more »

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED

Our office is  collecting school supplies for the Salvation Army Back to School campaign.  This program provides school supplies for more than a 1000 children in Regina.  Astra will be matching any donations.  Below is a list of the needed items.  The deadline is Aug. 15th.  Please call us if you have any questions. -markers, crayons,… Read more »

Astra Client Spotlight

Client spotlight features our clients and their words so that we can gain more insight and learn from each other. Meet Astra member, Rory Willis   Tell us a bit about yourself: Having played with Lego and Meccano growing up I always had a fascination for construction and building things. After Graduating from the U… Read more »

3 Tips to Creating a Positive Money Message

  I feel as though I have started late in life with attempting to share a healthy relationship with money with my daughters. I never truly began my own journey to my money story until my marriage was ending. In the early years (okay, including the present moment as well), I have made parenting mistakes… Read more »

Astra Client Spotlight

Client spotlight features our clients and their words so that we can gain more insight and learn from each other.  Feel free to let me know if you have something you would like to share. This month I asked Brenda Jacksteit a few questions.   Tell us a bit about yourself: I am married and… Read more »