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ADVISOR FOCUS - a newsletter from
20 March 2003

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SPOTLIGHT ON WAR: Sit Tight As US Girds For Battle

Groupthink, Asia, and Two Minutes with Rob Carrick

  • Following The Crowd Not The Best Route
    Self-styled market experts don't always beat the odds; indeed, as VOX columnist Fabrice Taylor notes, often they can't even meet the odds. How to avoid investment groupthink? Seek out the contrarian view. Read Fabrice Taylor's analysis.
  • Asia Looks For Market Saviour
    Even as war strife roils world markets, the emerging economies of Asia offer promise and growth, some observers say. This story sums up the prospects and names various successful funds that allow your clients to diversify into this region. Read Investment Reporter Carolyn Leitch's report.
  • Revamped 2-minute Portfolio Set To Beat Index
    We've received e-mails asking, "What's going on with the Two-Minute Portfolio?" Here's an update on this Rob Carrick invention, which follows a strictly disciplined approach and has racked up a nice track record over its lifetime.

Two Views on a National Securities Regulator

  • Manley Confronts Two-Bit Regulation
    John Manley has thrown his hat in the ring for leader of the Liberal Party, and Bay Street likes what he has to say: that Canada needs a national securities regulator. Read Eric Reguly's analysis.
  • MacKay Not Pushing Securities Body
    Ottawa's point man on reform is not pushing the concept of a national securities commission. Studies and interviews continue as corporate Canada grumbles and grapples with red tape. Read Andrew Willis's analysis.

Microsoft Says Windows Flaw Needs Fix

  • Microsoft Corp. says a serious flaw in almost every version of its popular Windows software could allow hackers to seize control of a person's computer when victims read e-mails or visit Web sites.
    Read the full report
    Go to to download a free repairing patch