Economic Update: 2017 Year in Review

by Josh Miszk Last updated on January 04, 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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Economic Update November 2017: A Look at Volatility in the Rear-view and Ahead

by Josh Miszk Last updated on December 06, 2017

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.

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Economic Update October 2017: Is There Room to Go From Here?

by Josh Miszk Last updated on November 03, 2017

Global markets surged in October setting a series of records throughout the month. For many investors, the question now is whether the current valuations are stretched or if there is still room to go. While there is no shortage of black swan events that could derail the current rally (i.e. North Korea and Washington), market fundamentals support the current valuations. 

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Economic Update September 2017: Resilient Markets

by Josh Miszk Last updated on October 03, 2017

North American equity markets showed resilience to significant geo-political tensions and natural disasters in September. On one hand, the North Korean threat to the world escalated significantly with the latest nuclear test, while on the other hand hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused devastation in various parts of the US and the Caribbean.

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Economic Update August 2017 - A Closer Look at the US Economy

by Josh Miszk Last updated on September 07, 2017

In Canadian dollar terms, global developed markets evened out in August. While the month was relatively tumultuous from a geopolitical standpoint, economic news has remained much the same. The Canadian dollar has kept its relative strength versus the US dollar, driven partially on expectations of rising Canadian yields but, more importantly, on weaker demand for USD.  

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Economic Update July 2017: Trust the Fundamentals

by Josh Miszk Last updated on August 02, 2017

With seemingly endless surprises coming out of Washington this past month, the lack of confidence in US politics has put pressure on the US dollar. In Canadian dollar terms, that pressure has manifested in weak returns across global developed markets.  

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Economic Update June 2017: Hawkish Central Banks Take a Bite Out of the USD

by Josh Miszk Last updated on July 07, 2017

In their local currencies, global equity markets were relatively flat in June (see Canada below). However, a devaluing US dollar and a stronger Canadian dollar were reflected in negative returns for Canadian portfolios. In this market update, we'll look at the cause of the devaluing US dollar, and what it could mean going forward. 

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Economic Update May 2017 - All Quiet on All Fronts

by Josh Miszk Last updated on June 01, 2017

Markets have continued to tread along, not disrupting the pace set over the past few months with the UK, Japan, and emerging markets showing the strongest returns. While fundamental data continues to support the rise, the real surprise is that this positive move has done so with little volatility.

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Economic Update April 2017 - Opening Borders

by Josh Miszk Last updated on May 04, 2017

Over the past 3 months, global markets have lifted thanks to solid fundamental indicators and positive sentiment. In this economic update, we’ll look at the news driving the returns, and discuss what Trump’s first 100 days in office can tell us about what to expect going forward.

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Economic Update March 2017 - The Signal and the Noise

by Josh Miszk Last updated on April 06, 2017

At first glance, it appears to many that the “Trump bump” finally subsided in March after shares in the US rose by 12% from the election to March 1st.

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