The You First Blog

“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

“I’m amazed how little politicians seem to have learned from history. Nobody is benefiting from a trade war” – Carlos Moedas China-U.S. Trade Negotiations Update In recent weeks, as we’ve written about, there has a been an overall increase in drama surrounding the ongoing trade dispute between China and the U.S. Here is a more… 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

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language” – Henry Jam Trade Concerns & More Tariffs Lead Markets Downward As efforts to strike a trade deal continued, markets were less-than-optimistic about a resolution. Monday saw more threats from Washington, as U.S. President Trump threatened… Read More