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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Indices in February
Global markets were relatively flat with investors still undecided on whether to embrace growth in major markets or worry about state impact. Political uncertainty has marred the potential boost from positive global corporate earnings.
*Equity Indices - FTSE Global Indices in CAD, Bonds - Barclays Global Aggregate Canadian Float Adjusted Board Index
It seems as though the first thing on everyone's mind when thinking about January 2017 is the inauguration of Donald Trump and the effect his first few weeks in office have already made globally. Trump's 17 executive orders have stirred reactions which have lifted the Dow Jones Index past 20,000 for the first time, and have simultaneously launched more protests in two weeks than it seems possible to count. Where will this new source of volatility lead us, and what does the resulting unpredictability really mean for your portfolio?
Last year, regulators announced the Client Relationship Model - Version 2 (CRM2), which included a key requirement that financial advisors explicitly disclose all investment fees charged to clients. The regulation, which went into force in July 2016, is required to be implemented by all financial advisors by January 2017.
2016 was a year shaped by surprises and drastic changes in sentiment. How investors feel about the economy is what’s reflected in prices. While major equity markets had a generally positive 2016 – driven by strong US economic data and improving conditions in Europe – there was a lot of global negativity for equities going into the year, fueled by China’s slowing economy, dropping oil prices, and geo-political uncertainty. Investors had more cash parked on the sidelines than ever before. However, major equity markets had a positive 2016 climbing the walls of worry, mainly driven by strong economic data out of the US (jobs, in particular) and improving economic conditions in Europe.
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With the US election results now behind us, many economic forecasters have been using their crystal balls to figure out what Trumponomics would mean to the US and the global economy. Prior to the election markets had a negative view of the proposed Trump economic policies, but views seem to have since changed. Most equity markets reached all-time highs and bond yields increased on the expectation that the proposed tax cuts and infrastructure spending would increase government debt, inflation and borrowing costs, while in the long term, these policies and deregulation would increase economic growth.