In February, we saw a reintroduction of volatility in the market. The steep drops early in the month were partially clawed back as cooler heads prevailed, but that left many investors with chilly reminders of the recession of 2008. Despite the perceived similarities, we believe this situation is far from the economic fall 10 years ago, as stated in our letter to investors here. Having said that, we see higher volatility persisting in the near future. In this economic update, we’ll talk about why volatility is here to stay and how to manage it. First, let’s start with a note on the Canadian economy.
Global equity markets have had a solid start to the year, particularly outside of Canada. Even with the stronger Canadian dollar offsetting some gains, most developed markets still performed very well. Emerging markets have also kept a strong pace as the China’s response to tighter credit quieted doubters as the market has chugged along.
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It’s almost time to get your 2017 income tax statements ready, and while we’re well into 2018, there is one more thing you can do to increase your 2017 tax return: contribute to your RRSP.
One of the biggest advantages of investing in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is that any contributions you make will reduce your taxable income in the year the contribution is applied to. While the prior tax year is over, the government allows you to also apply contributions to the prior tax year if they are made in the first 60 days of the following year. The deadline for 2017 RRSP contributions is March 1, 2018.
Looking back over the past year, global equites ended up performing stronger than most analysts predicted, consumer confidence improved, volatility was down, and central banks kept inflation in check. All in all, besides weakness in the US dollar and underperformance in Canada, portfolios had a very strong year.
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Following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, the outlook for the year ahead held the promise of political volatility and, as a result, economic volatility. It’s fair to say that politically, we’ve been let down, but the market has actually had one of its least volatile years on record, and global markets are all in the black. In this update, we’ll look at the key drivers to this low volatility and discuss whether the trend will persist going forward.