A lot has changed…

Technology has made the world smaller. Things move fast and things change even faster. The news, views, and concerns of the world make it to our screens in the matter of seconds. When it comes to wealth management and investing, it can be hard to keep perspective.

October 4, 2021

RESULTS at a glance – 3Q21

Markets in North America maintained their outsized return despite the quarter largely seeing its upwards progress erased by concerns around the downfall of Chinese behemoth Evergrande (see blog post here) and rising rates, although yields were only up marginally for the quarter. Elsewhere returns remained muted. The loonie strengthened on […]
September 27, 2021

Evergrande – What Is It and Why Are Markets Worried?

If you’ve been tuning into any financial news outlets lately, chances are you’ve been hearing the name “Evergrande” floating around as the reason for last week’s market volatility, with many comparing the company’s imminent collapse to that of Lehman Brothers, the American financial institution who’s bankruptcy kicked off the 2008 […]
July 23, 2021

RESULTS at a glance – 2Q21

With COVID-19 waning, markets are shooting for new heights. While the US and international markets fared well, Canada actually outpaced its neighbour to the South thanks in part to a stark recovery in oil prices. The strong performance has allowed the Loonie to appreciate to levels not seen since 2015. […]
April 15, 2021

RESULTS at a glance – 1Q21

The lingering COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent markets from reaching new highs in the first quarter. Canada experienced the strongest run up, followed by the US and then international markets. Our Northern advantage is partly thanks to rising oil prices. Generous stimulus packages and the improving economy have some economists […]
January 25, 2021

RESULTS at a glance – 4Q20

Despite going through a pandemic and a tumultuous US election, the S&P 500 continued upwards to hit new highs while other markets (including our own) ended the year positive. Bond yields fell in Canada and the US while the loonie appreciated amid US inflation fears. Oil, while still meaningfully down […]
October 2, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 3Q20

A resurgence of COVID-19 cases is keeping the market on its toes. Stocks remain down year-to-date in most regions, however the S&P500 hit new highs in September, demonstrating a divergence between the economy and the stock market in the States. Bond yields moved up marginally from Q2 but remain low […]
October 2, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 2Q20

While COVID-19 continued to stifle business activity, markets recovered some of their losses from the Q1 nose dive. Stocks in Canada, the US and internationally managed to reduce their year-to-date losses to the high-single-digit/low-double-digit range. Policy rates remain close to zero and governments continue to explore further stimulus options. Oil prices […]
April 3, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 1Q20

COVID-19 hit markets hard in the first quarter of 2020. With countries restricting travel and populations practicing social distancing, markets in Canada, the U.S., and internationally fell by approximately 20 to 25 per cent from their 2019 year-end values. Emergency rate cuts in Canada and the U.S. effectively brought policy […]
January 24, 2020

RESULTS at a glance – 4Q19

Markets had a tremendous year, fully reversing the slump that occurred in 2018 and pushing past new highs in Canada and the U.S. Yields fell in Canada and the U.S., with three Federal Funds rate cuts causing a steeper decline in the States. Oil prices rebounded following rising tensions with […]
July 19, 2019

RESULTS at a glance – 2Q19

Canadian and U.S. markets hit new highs this year, recovering their losses from the December drop of 2018. A pause in rate hikes has led to a decline in bond yields, and the Federal Reserve’s dovish tone towards the economy has allowed the Canadian dollar to appreciate. Oil prices have […]
October 15, 2018

RESULTS at a glance

U.S. stocks continue to recover from their tumble in February while Canadian markets remain flat year-to-date. This divergence reflects in the CAD/USD exchange rate, which is down 2.5% year-to-date. Long-term bond yields continue to climb in both countries, and while oil has seen a strong rebound, gold has fallen further […]
September 24, 2018

Are the Markets Expensive?

“Buy low, sell high” may be the most renowned catchphrase in all of finance, and rightfully so. It’s a beautiful summation of a sound investment strategy, an adage to help maintain discipline through tough times and exceptional times alike. Even those with little to no investment experience are likely familiar […]