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Economic Update: July 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on August 02, 2019

The bull market in equities continued its march forward in July and hit new record highs. Developments in global trade and monetary policy dominated market movements throughout the month.

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Economic Update: June 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on July 04, 2019

Global equities markets sharply recovered from the losses incurred during May, resulting in one of the best Junes in equity market history. This change was fueled by positive outlooks towards global monetary policy and increased optimism surrounding global trade policies.

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Economic Update: May 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on June 10, 2019

Global equities closed the month lower due to continued trade tensions and concerns of a global slowdown in growth. Although volatility has picked up, there hasn’t been any significant deterioration of fundamental conditions. Volatility in a market cycle is normal and expected; while we ideally don’t want too much volatility as markets advance, our minds can be eased knowing that markets have climbed over different walls of worry at different periods in time.

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Economic Update: April 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on May 09, 2019

After a strong first quarter, markets continued their rally which has been driven by more accommodative central banks, expectations of a recovery in Chinese growth, and improving trade conditions.

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Economic Update: March 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on April 04, 2019

Amid week after week of gains at the start of 2019, we have largely recovered from the lows experienced in Q4 2018. March saw the return of some volatility due to mixed economic data as well as an important development in the bond market.

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Federal Budget 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on March 21, 2019

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The 2019 federal budget was unveiled March 19th  by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Key elements included housing affordability measures for first time home buyers, post- secondary student financing and debt repayment, professional development training opportunities, and securing your retirement. Keep in mind this is a pre-election budget and there are elements sprinkled in it for everyone. Funding for many of the commitments will only start to kick in after October’s election, giving voters the chance to weigh in their thoughts at the ballot box.  

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Economic Update: February 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on March 11, 2019

The month of February has been a continuation of what we saw throughout January, with gains being registered on major indices week after week. 

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Economic Update: January 2019

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on February 11, 2019

Global equity markets made an impressive comeback in January after a poor end to 2018. Equities were boosted by signals from the US Federal Reserve that they will be more patient with the path of future rate hikes amid mixed global economic data. Emerging economies continued their rally fueled by a less hawkish sentiment across global central banks, the S&P/TSX hit its highest level since October, and the Canadian dollar strengthened relative to its US counterpart. We also saw signs of progress on the US-China trade negotiations.

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Economic Update: 2018 Year in Review

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on January 08, 2019

Looking back over the past year, markets had a strong start, hit record highs, and were ultimately bookended by a historically weak December,  closing the year in the red. Themes such as the central bank interest rate tightening, tariff wars, global growth concerns, and even a twitter account certainly contributed to the volatility and the sell-off we experienced in equities during 2018.

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Economic Update November 2018: All Eyes on US - China Trade Spat

by Blake Whiteley Last updated on December 06, 2018

As on trend for 2018, geopolitical events dominated market movement throughout November. The Democrats took control of the House and the Republicans gained on their majority in the Senate. As a result, it is unlikely that Republicans will be able to extend their fiscal stimulus as a method to further grow the economy.

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