2023 ReCap

2023 ReCap

As we start the new year, let’s quickly review 2023. Investors faced many challenges last year, including elevated inflation, interest-rate hikes, geopolitical conflicts, and a slowing global economy. That said, those who were patient and rode out the volatility were...

Investment Focus | Issue 17 | Keep Looking Long Term

Investment Focus | Issue 17 | Keep Looking Long Term

It’s fair to say that everyone is happy to see September end, at least from an investing standpoint. It was a month full of market volatility due to stickier inflation data and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s commitment to higher-for-longer interest rates. The markets had been expecting central banks to already be discussing rate cuts, but that hasn’t been the case. On top of that, September tends to be one of the worst months historically for the stock market, and this year was no different.

Near the end of September, the markets were looking toward the risk of a government shutdown, that ended up being kicked down the road.

Investment Focus | Issue 16 | Staying Steady Amidst Economic Shifts: US Debt, Canadian Rates, and Recession Outlook

Investment Focus | Issue 16 | Staying Steady Amidst Economic Shifts: US Debt, Canadian Rates, and Recession Outlook

The likelihood of a recession in Canada is a topic creating buzz among experts. Accountancy firm RSM Canada projects a 60% chance of a recession occurring by the end of 2023, although they believe it would be relatively mild and short-lived. They anticipate that specific sectors, like the labour market, could potentially shield a significant portion of the economy from recessionary effects.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I’m thinking of the chorus of that great song by David Bowie from many years ago: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)” Bowie nails it. Change can be strange: it brings the unknown, the uncertain, the stressful. But we face it every day and we go on, and...