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Dear reader,
As we adjust our lifestyles to enjoy warmer weather so too have we made changes and enhanced our investment platform by launching our new TriDelta 'Pension' and 'Core Performance' portfolios. These are designed conservatively and constantly seek value regardless of market conditions.

This April issue provides insight into TriDelta Investment Counsel and our portfolio managers who discuss aspects of their investment selection process.

We also feature the World Health Organizations first-ever report on the global impact of dementia, some incredible photographs, the value of segregated funds and Claire's sought after book and movie picks.

Enjoy and be well,

TriDelta Financial

TriDelta Investment Counsel - A Disciplined Stock Selection Process
The process for managing the Equity investments in each client's portfolio begins with the overriding principal of "put the odds in your favour".

To do this we follow a multidisciplinary approach to investing using Quantitative, Technical and Fundamental analysis.

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How TriDelta Investment Counsel Gets Better Performance on Your Bonds
Our investment team comes from a disciplined institutional investment background which means that they can provide TriDelta clients uncompromised access to securities, markets and investment platforms.

Our access to a variety of institutional bond desks allow us to get the very best possible prices when buying and selling bonds. This access can add anywhere from .25 of a percent to 2 percent on pricing on every buy and sell as compared to retail bond pricing. As your financial partner, we pass every cent of these trade advantages along to you.

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Alzheimer's - a ticking time bomb


TORONTO, April 11, 2012 - Landmark data released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) in their first-ever report on the global impact of dementia: Dementia: A Public Health Priority show that around the world a new case of dementia occurs every four seconds. That is the equivalent of 7.7 million new cases each year. In the words of global health expert Dr. Peter Piot, dementia is a 'ticking time bomb.'

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Incredible Images
National Geographic recently considered photo submissions for its 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.

Over 20,000 photos are competing in three categories -- people, places and nature. The top winner will be selected among the finalists in these groups and will be awarded $10,000 among other coveted prizes.

Here are some of the finalists, which provide sheer visual delight, enjoy:
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Segregated funds - can make sense despite high fees
TriDelta Insurance Solutions are specialists in segregated funds, which often satisfy investors requirements for guarantees and other specific features. This video clip features Asher Tward, VP Estate Planning discussing the merits of segregated funds with Rob Carrick. This video was done for the Globe and Mail and the Investor Education Fund.

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Claire's reading pick
by Gregory David Roberts

This has to go down as one of my favourite books of the last few years. Once you pick it up, you are destined for many late nights. Following the exploits of the lead character, from prison in Australia to immersing himself in the rich culture of Mumbai, India you are sure to get an understanding why so many people are drawn to visit and revisit that country. As my sister-in-law states on why she loves to visit India so often, "It is a place that makes you laugh, and it also makes you cry". This book is guaranteed to draw from you many of those extreme emotions as you get a glimpse of a culture and life very different from what we know in Canada.

After escaping prison the lead character lives for a time in the slums of Mumbai, a squalid place that is home to many thousands of people that one can picture from the opening scenes in Slumdog Millionaire. From there he visits rural India then back to a better quality of life in the city, while not forgetting those who helped him on the way. With each stop on his journey he introduces you to life in India through wonderful characters and descriptions that make you believe you can taste and smell what it is like to live there. A definite page-turner this book has drawn great reviews and a movie is in the works, which I can't wait to see. I hope you love it as much as I did and as much as all my friends who have also loved it.

By Claire Corrie - Director, Client Service.
Claire's viewing pick
My Week With Marilyn

This movie received little attention when it was released in 2011 but recently garnered notoriety as a result of an Academy Award nomination for Michelle Williams as best actress in her portrayal of Marilyn Munroe.

Having seen most of the nominated movies I left this one to last not expecting too much from it, but to my surprise really enjoyed it. Although it did not have the pizzazz and quirkiness of some of the main contenders it is a well-acted movie full of rich characters with the added attraction that it is based on a true story.

Structured around a book by Colin Clark, who had been given the enviable but difficult job of escorting Munroe when she was in London in 1957 for the filming of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl. Clark ended up developing a short but close relationship with a much-troubled Marilyn who was refreshed by Clarke's naivety and youth and saw him as one of the few people she could relate to, unlike the rest of the men in her life who were out to exploit her. The leading man is played by Kenneth Branagh who delights in his portrayal of the frustrated and flamboyant Laurence Olivier, having to deal with the ditzy Marylyn. While complete opposites, Olivier and Marylyn end up making the highly regarded movie due mainly to Clark's ability to keeping Marilyn sober and on side. An enjoyable romp with neat glimpses into movie making in the 50's. Sure it's a chick flick, but a chick flick that your man is sure to enjoy, mine did.

By Claire Corrie - Director, Client Service.