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.

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 […]
March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Uncertainty – Framing the Situation

Many are concerned that a new strain of coronavirus that has ravaged China may prompt the recession we have been expecting for so long, spreading globally and forcing factories to shut down, consumers to stay home and businesses to shrink operations. The concern has led to a newsworthy sell off […]
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 […]
November 22, 2019

Deflating the Index Fund Bubble Argument

Back in September, Bloomberg released an interview with hedge fund manager Michael Burry (link). Burry is famous for predicting the housing market bubble of 2008; he is even depicted by Christian Bale in “The Big Short” film, based on the book by Michael Lewis. In this interview, however, Burry expressed […]
November 9, 2018

Attention to Detail – November 2018

Seth Klarman’s 3 Pillars of Investing (GuruFocus) Investment risk is not the same as volatility. This is a particularly topical axiom given the two market corrections we’ve experienced so far in 2018, and it’s one that’s highlighted by this month’s article (link) which shares the three-pillar investment strategy of Seth […]
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 […]
August 13, 2018

Attention to Detail – August 2018

High Quality Vs Low Price (The Safal Niveshak Post) Value investing is often generalized as an approach whereby investors look for “bargain” stock prices, sifting through low price-to-earnings companies to find buy ideas; however, true value investors understand that a low price is no substitute for a quality business. This […]
June 19, 2018

Tariffs and Trade War – What They Mean for Us

Threat of a “trade war” has made the headlines lately. It started with President Trump’s tariffs on China, aimed at pressuring that country to allow more American investment and discourage further abuses of intellectual property. Now it’s hit us. Steel and aluminum tariffs, from which Canada was initially exempt, are […]