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“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends” – Herbert Hoover Anthony’s Financial Brief – 2018 Mid-Year Review Following a particularly volatile start to the year in the first quarter, many global equity markets delivered somewhat steadier returns in the second quarter. The MSCI World Index finished the period with… Read More

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffett Bank of Canada Raises Overnight Rate to 1.50 Per Cent  The Bank of Canada, as widely expected, hiked its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday. The rate now sits at 1.50 per cent. Two key growth engines –… Read More

“Never let facts get in the way of a good story” – Mark Twain Weekly Market Wrap-Up On Friday, US President Trump announced a 25 per cent tariff on strategically important Chinese imports, worth around $50 Billion, along with the threat of further tariffs should Beijing impose their own tariffs in kind. Chinese President Xi… Read More

“As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed” – Mark McKinnon Canada, U.S. Impose Tariffs On One Another Thursday saw volleys of trade tariffs imposed. Citing “national security”, United States Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross… Read More

“Nobody likes high interest rates” – Chanda Kochhar Bank of Canada Raises Five-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate The Bank of Canada raised its conventional five-year fixed mortgage rate on Wednesday, from 5.14% up to 5.34%. As we all now know, the BoC’s five-year fixed rate is a crucial piece of information for prospective home buyers in… Read More