The You First Blog

We hope you all enjoyed your summer. The weather in Vancouver was not always perfect, but a smoke-free August was certainly appreciated! Here is where markets stand for 2019 (year-to-date return as of August 30. Foreign market returns are expressed in Canadian dollar terms): –TSX (Canada): 14.8% –DOW Jones (U.S.): 10.5% –S&P 500 (U.S.): 13.9%… Read More

“Trade does not require force. Free trade consists simply in letting people buy and sell as they want to buy and sell. It is protection that requires force, for it consists in preventing people from doing what they want to do” – Henry George Boris Johnson Confirmed as New British Prime Minister In the wake… Read More

“We really can’t forecast all that well, and yet we pretend that we can, but we really can’t” – Alan Greenspan 2019 Mid-Year Outlook During this time of year, most investment firms release a mid-year or 3rd quarter market outlook. As usual, some indicators are supportive of a rising market, while others are not. We’ve culled… Read More

“Try not to become a (wo)man of success. Rather become a (wo)man of value” – Albert Einstein Victoria Day Office Closure Please be advised that our office will be closed on Monday, May 20th to observe the Victoria Day stat holiday. We will resume normal office hours of 8am-5pm on Tuesday, May 21st. On behalf… Read More

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing” – Jean-Baptiste Colbert Market Rise Again on Brexit & U.S.-China Trade Optimism Markets rose to five-month highs to close out the Friday session. Renewed optimism on the U.S.-China trade front, combined… Read More

“Keep every promise you make, and only make promises you can keep” – Anthony Hitt  2019 B.C. Provincial Budget Announced The B.C. New Democrats released their second provincial budget this week. While the budget mostly stuck to the script, there were a few surprises. Here are some key takeaways: The B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit. A… Read More