The Bull and the Bear

What is Meant by Bull and Bear Markets? No one really knows the exact origin of the terms “bull” and “bear” to describe the stock market, but their meaning is clear.  The most important thing to know about these terms is that they describe long-term trends, not short-term changes.  Bull and bear markets are usually… Read more »

The Money Bomb

It’s a new year, and now is a great time to get back to basics.  This month I am sharing my money bomb story with you.  The Money Bomb Talking $$$ with your partner     At some point, as a relationship grows and becomes more serious, questions start to arise about long-term plans and… Read more »

Share The Gift That Keeps Giving

Share The Gift That Keeps Giving Here are a few ideas to share with family and friends to help promote financial literacy this holiday season.   Kids aged five and under: Give books There are plenty of great reads for kids five and under who are just starting to formulate a concept of money. Among… Read more »

Post-Election Take on Taxes

This month’s newsletter comes to you as a quick video. Find out some of the upcoming tax changes that might affect you. Click below to watch the video.  November Newsletter

Astra 3rd Quarter Commentary

Below is our commentary that went out with our 3rd Quarter reports: Any decline in the stock market is often accompanied by dire newspaper and news headlines, often with words like turmoil or crisis. But a more accurate word would be Normal. There is no exact reason for the current decline but it seems the… Read more »

Astra New Team Member

Meet our new team member  Welcome Kristina! At Astra our number one priority is to provide superior advice and client service.          Kristina Jackson brings knowledge and skills that will ensure that we continue to do this.  She is our manager of client service and administration.   With Kristina’s experience in a… Read more »

Mortgage Insurance -Yes or No?

In the last few weeks I have been asked more than a few times to give my opinion regarding mortgage insurance from the bank.   Do you really need mortgage or line of credit insurance from the bank? The answer is NO and here’s why….. You have bought a new house or cottage and you… Read more »

What is a Grexit?!!

Greece Fact of the Day: A Grexit Probably Doesn’t Apply to You   I am a fan of Carl Richards, the author of The Behaviour Gap.   Here is his recent post that I think you will enjoy.        Just in case you missed the headlines, news reports, and talking heads, I thought you… Read more »