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Q3 2018
The Canadian economy shot ahead in the second quarter after a surge in exports of energy, aircraft and pharmaceutical products. However this came with little momentum and is unlikely to be sustained over the remainder of the year. Consumer spending growth has moderated since 2017 and is not expected to...
Q2 2018
Across the financial landscape all anyone is talking about is Trump, tantrums and tariffs. Tensions are not going to disappear, but they are going to ebb and flow. However, looking below the surface, things are a little more placid. Certainly, investors' nerves have been rattled. While there have been several...
Q1 2018
The turbulent start for financial markets so far in 2018 has left few places to hide. Investors have had a lot thrown at them; escalating tensions over global trade, major tech sector wobbles, increasing turmoil at the White House and an onslaught of stock volatility. Certainly, the markets were overly...
Q4 2017
The world is entering a period of synchronized economic expansion that has a long way to run, albeit with less scope for upside surprises. Markets will likely not continue to be as stable as last year, but there are a few signs of leverage building in the financial system which...
Q3 2017
Aside from the occasional wobble, investors exercised patience and caution despite the apparent threats of military conflict and outright whimsical bluster. The global economy appears to be in much better shape than just three months ago, with clear signs of a synchronized global expansion. The financial markets were propelled higher...
Q2 2017
After nearly a decade of flooding the world with easy money to jump-start sluggish post-recession economies, central bankers are changing their tune. Investors have ramped up expectations that tight monetary policy and stimulus are coming to an end as Canada, the U.K. and Europe will soon be following the U.S....
Q1 2017
During the first quarter of the year, investor optimism has been freckled with plenty of worries. Still, the world’s financial markets have been buoyant. While a bullish mood can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and lead to continuing gains, the opposite is just as true. Certainly there are numerous harbingers of...
Q4 2016
Dramatic twists and turns in politics, economics and finance have turned 2016 on its head. Extreme events have bombarded investors virtually every day of late but thankfully they appear to be isolated occurrences. Still, the potential blight on the global economic and financial markets (i.e. political uncertainty; the steep increases...
Q3 2016
The tranquil summer that investors were enjoying came to an abrupt end towards the latter part of the quarter as negative events triggered a brief wake up call and volatility crept back into the picture. While short term news may twist the market's tail, it will be the major fundamental...
Q2 2016
Uncertainty has always been the main source of angst for investors and there has been no shortage of that lately. The last few months have been a frenzy of dire predictions and hyperventilated commentary which has caused significant swings in the financial markets. However, at the end of the day,...

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