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Last week, we presented our Q2 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) blog post. Today, we would like to present the first half 2020 market update with some charts of interest. 1. 2020 Equity returns year-to-date The first half the year saw a continuation of market increases until late-February, when COVID-related fears took hold of… Read More

We hope everyone remains healthy and well. We would like to answer some frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the current state of markets and the global economy. We culled responses from various economic strategists and portfolio managers. As usual, we are dealing with a mix of positive and negative data and ultimately, “the virus has… Read More

The last decade was very rewarding for investors and at almost 11 years, we are still in the midst of the longest U.S. bull market ever. However, most major economies are exhibiting late-cycle signs and are posting lower GDP growth. This stage precedes a recession and is typically characterized by economic activity that is still positive but slowing. Interest… Read More

“I’m amazed how little politicians seem to have learned from history. Nobody is benefiting from a trade war” – Carlos Moedas Trump Tweetstorm – Following New Chinese Tariffs on Imported US Goods – Pushes Markets Lower to End Week Investors flocked to safe-haven assets on Friday following President Trump’s tweetstorm in response to the Chinese… Read More

“I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed” – Julia Glass Tempered Fed Cut Hike Speculation Leads Indexes Lower Major U.S. indices dipped to end the Friday trading session after a strong opening. The Wall Street Journal reported the coming Fed Cut would be 25 basis points; however, comments on Thursday by Fed officials inferred a… Read More

“Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it” – Chinese Proverb CMHC Updates Canada’s Housing Market Risk Levels The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has lowered the country’s housing market from “highly vulnerable” to “moderately vulnerable” in a statement this week. The Crown Corporation reported on Thursday that an… Read More