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On Tuesday, the TSX eclipsed the 21,000 mark for the first time before closing at 21,087.00. Toronto’s main index closed Friday at 21,216.15 after hitting its all-time intraday high of 21,265.76 earlier in the day. The TSX is now up 21.70% year-to-date and is one of the top-performing major domestic indexes thus far in 2021…. Read More

A raft of risk-related news temporarily halted the global economy’s post-pandemic march in September. Here’s a summary of the notable events during this past month that steered the markets: COVID-19 and market developments U.S., Canadian and global stocks dipped over concern about inflation, the U.S. debt ceiling, the Evergrande crisis in China, and speculation on… Read More

The effect of central banks and monetary policy on equity and fixed-income (and real estate, and cryptocurrency) markets cannot be understated at the moment.  An average daily market recap will contain terms like Federal Reserve, Quantitative Easing, Stimulus, Tapering, Interest Rates, and Inflation to explain market activity. In this article we breakdown these terms and… Read More

By most definitions, markets are up right now.  A market high isn’t immediate cause to reassess your long-term investment strategy, but it’s a great time to consider your short-term options. If you are thinking about accessing funds from your portfolio in the next three years and you have yet to inform us of this plan,… Read More

The next Canadian Federal election is Monday, September 20th. Recent polling data indicates a minority government is the most probable outcome, with a small chance of a majority government being formed. RBC GAM looked back at the last 13 federal elections to gauge their impact on financial markets. They found that markets typically look through… Read More

In August, the global economy continued to recover and expand, but it was a topsy-turvy month due to events in Afghanistan, the Delta variant spreading and speculation about the Fed’s “bond taper”. Here’s a summary of this past month’s notable market-related events. COVID-19 and market developments U.S., Canadian, and global stocks notched a seventh straight… Read More