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We hope you all enjoyed your summer. The weather in Vancouver was not always perfect, but a smoke-free August was certainly appreciated! Here is where markets stand for 2019 (year-to-date return as of August 30. Foreign market returns are expressed in Canadian dollar terms): –TSX (Canada): 14.8% –DOW Jones (U.S.): 10.5% –S&P 500 (U.S.): 13.9%… Read More

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune” – Benjamin Disraeli Be Aware: CRA Scams Abound As we enter the full swing of tax season, it is important to remember that scammers posing as CRA agents are also getting into full swing. The CRA has put together a helpful list of things they MAY and things… 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

“In the old legend the wise men finally boiled down the history of mortal affairs into a single phrase: ‘This too will pass’” – Benjamin Graham   The Stock Market Pulls Back This week, markets pulled back in a noticeable way. The S&P/TSX Composite Index finished down 3.3%; the S&P 500 was down 3.9%; the… Read More

On March 9, 2009, the Dow Jones, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ all bottomed out in the aftermath of the “Great Recession”. Since that date, all three indices have experienced rapid recoveries and expansion. We’ve now experienced nearly 10 years of expansion with few speedbumps along the way. When listening to commentary by economists,… Read More

“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