The You First Blog

The new First Home Savings Account (FHSA) is expected to be rolled out in 2023 and once it has launched, every prospective first-time homebuyer will want to open one. A truly revolutionary new account structure, the FHSA is a best-of-all-worlds mix between the RRSP, the TFSA, and the Home Buyers Plan (HBP) programs: never has… Read More

Market Update – By The Numbers Here are the weekly and year-to-date figures for several major North American, European and Asian stock markets. North America Friday Close Weekly Change Weekly % Change YTD % Change Canada – S&P TSX Composite 20,111 -69 -0.34% -5.24% USA – S&P 500 4,228 -52 -1.21% -11.29% USA – Dow… Read More

It’s been a difficult first half to the year, with equities, bonds, precious metals and cryptocurrencies all suffering losses. Markets are grappling with issues like the COVID reopening, inflation, central bank rate increases, the Russia-Ukraine War, and recession risk. The charts below provide reason for optimism. As you’ll see, this is indeed an extraordinary decline… Read More

How have markets performed in 2022? While markets prospered under the accommodative monetary policies brought on at the start of the pandemic, it now faces a change in policy. With U.S. inflation at a 40-year high, the market has begun pricing interest rate hikes from near zero to 3% by the end of 2022.  This… Read More

It has been a bumpy ride so far this year, but the global economy and markets are capable of coping. The Russia-Ukraine conflict is concerning and continues to affect investor sentiment in the short-term. More rate hikes are coming to combat inflation, which will likely stay high in Q2, but should cool later in the… Read More