Canadian and U.S. equity markets were flat in November, while bonds declined in value on expectations of a rate increase from the Federal Reserve in the U.S., in December. Strong consumer spending and employment data in the U.S. continues to support the need for a rate increase. And we continue to see the U.S. economy as the bright spot in today’s investment landscape.
With global markets, business activity in the Eurozone grew at its fastest pace in four and a half years driving European markets to a strong November, despite the tragedy in Paris this month.
Markets in Asia were mixed as emerging market growth continues to decelerate. Fears that emerging market debt levels may be the next bubble are starting to surface, although we feel major economies, such as China and India, will be more resilient to any drawdowns by investors.
Although we do see a lower growth environment going forward, we think the risks may be overstated. And, in fact, there is a lot more confidence today in the U.S. economy. Short-term volatility remains a big part of today’s global markets so, for short-term goals, our key focus is to minimize that volatility. For those of us with long-term goals, stay the course. If you don’t have a pre-authorized contribution plan, think about adding one, it’s the best way to take advantage of markets like these.
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