Happy Financial Literacy Month! We've rounded up some of our most valuable money lessons at the Invisor office to share with you. What are some lessons you swear by, or things you've learned while navigating your own financial journey? Pop down into the comments and let us know!
After three quarters of mostly slow and steady growth, October saw a correction in global financial markets with volatility doubling from its September levels. The S&P 500 fell by 6.8%, emerging markets were down 5.7% in CAD terms, while Canada was the biggest loser down 7.4%. Despite the risk averse sentiment, fixed income markets were also down by month end due to rising interest rates.
Sharing our take on current news stories.
Last week, global equity markets partially corrected, causing an onslaught of worrisome media pieces. We addressed this with our clients, and want to share our thoughts on this event with you, as well.
In this month’s market update we discuss September’s global economic and market highlights, which includes an update on financial markets, the global trade situation, the developing narrative in emerging markets, and a particularly interesting 10-year anniversary of note.
Throughout September, we saw developed markets end the month on a positive note. Specifically, the Dow and S&P 500 set new highs, the Nikkei closed at its highest level since February, and global developed markets, including Canada closed even higher. On the other hand, emerging markets posted a negative month due to ongoing trade and credit concerns, as did the bond market with central banks continuing to raise interest rates.
Life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will, and sometimes we find ourselves scrambling to regain control of our financial situation. Illness, job loss, emergency expenses, less-than-ideal money choices – these can all trigger us to dip into our savings prematurely.
This month we’re discussing what drove markets throughout August, including signs of strength in the US market, slow-progressing trade negotiations, and news out of emerging market economies.
US economic reports released in July showed increasing strength, breaking past the 2% real growth rate which has been somewhat of a norm since 2009. Real growth is up 2.8% in the past year, while real GDP growth in the second quarter alone grew at 4.1% annual rate which is its fastest pace since 2014. Wages and salaries are growing at its fastest pace in nearly a decade and, as a result, consumption numbers are also solid. The strong economic data can be attributed to tax cuts and increased government spending.
The story of June 2018 in the markets has been dominated by headlines surrounding global trade tensions. Other themes persist throughout the market such as rising interest rates, geopolitical uncertainty, and volatility in the financial markets.
Thinking about our loved ones ageing – and the challenges that may come with it – is not always at the top of our priority list. It’s a difficult topic – one that many of us prefer not to confront until it’s absolutely necessary.