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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

“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

“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