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“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

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” – David Brinkley Toronto Stock Exchange and Wall Street Finish June on the Upswing The S&P/TSX Composite rode gains in the discretionary sector to a 74.47-point gain on Friday, finishing June at 16,382.20. April GDP data showed… Read More

“Summertime is always the best of what might be” – Charles Bowden US Fed Holds Rate Steady, Hints at Future Cuts; S&P 500 Hits Record High Close The US Federal Reserve opted to hold its key rate steady on Wednesday but hinted that its patience is waning regarding a near-term adjustment. Stating that it would “act… Read More

“Poets are never unemployed, just unpaid” – Kathy Skaggs TSX Rises on Strong Jobs Report The Canadian economy added 27,700 jobs in May, per the Statistics Canada jobs report released this week. Stats Canada reported on Friday that the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4%, down from 5.7% in April. Canadian unemployment is now the lowest… Read More

“Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there” – J.R. Rim TSX Posts Small Weekly Gain The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index closed unofficially down 70.03 points on Friday to finish the week at 15,633.33. This represents a small, yet positive, gain over last… Read More

As discussed in the Anthony’s 2019 Outlook, political concern persists but economic fundamentals are still strong. The optimist sees opportunity in every challenge, and here we provide some context to support a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2019. Here are 10 charts providing a case for optimism in 2019: 1: The U.S. economy heated up in… Read More