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The US market has performed strongly in 2015. Across all indices, the year to date performance of the US market generated a 21.36% return. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.75%, the NASDAQ Composite Index rose 28.86%, the S&P 500 21.86%, and the New York Stock Exchange Composite PR rose 14.86%. These figures are indicative of a bullish market, and that sentiment is likely to spill over into 2018 as sweeping tax reform, interest rate hikes, and bullishness propels US markets. The performance of emerging markets in 2017 was particularly notable. They led the way with gains of around 30% in USD terms by December. Close in tow are EMU markets with gains of 23.9%, Japan with 20.2%, the US at 19.6%, and the UK at 12.6%. Share prices rose sharply in 2017, with the all country share price up 16.9% through December, emerging markets up 24.6%, the US up 19.6%, ...

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The Canadian economy has turned the corner in recent months, driven in large part by an increase in business investment, gains in household wealth, and expansionary prospects vis-à-vis fiscal policy. The Canadian economy is heavily reliant on commodity prices, and a turnaround in the price of crude oil, gold, iron ore and related commodities is helping to boost Canadian GDP. The Bank of Canada (BOC) expects inflation to surpass the 2% benchmark by the end of 2018. Wage growth is increasing in Canada, and this bodes well for clearing excess capacity currently in the market. The Government of Canada is working hard to adopt an expansionary policy with tax and government spending, to encourage economic growth. Towards the end of the year, the Canadian government is likely to pull back on quantitative easing (monetary stimulus) as the economy gains traction and growth continues. Key drivers of changing monetary policy include inflation ...

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The last week of June has been rather bearish for Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has retreated from over 21,500 to its current level of 21,367.58. While still impressive, the recent losses have dampened expectations somewhat. The S&P 500 index has also performed in a similar fashion, declining from the 2,450 support level to its current level of 2,425.63. And the tech-heavy NASDAQ composite index is down from a week high of 6,290 to its current level of 6,161.73. The weekly performance of Wall Street bourses should not be perceived as a barometer of the overall strength of these indices over 1 year. For example, the Dow is up 24.66%, the S&P 500 index is up 21.25%, and the NASDAQ composite index is up 34.11%. This begs the question: What drove the indices lower towards the end of June? There are several reasons why US equities markets are facing a risk-off ...

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Investors across the world gave a sigh of relief after Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate, won the first round of the French presidential elections. Macron defeated his anti-EU opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the runoff round of the elections. A Macron win was what every investor worldwide had been praying for. The 39-year old Macron is a former economy minister. He had never run for an elective post before. He is an ardent pro-Europe proponent known for his tolerant attitude towards refugees, Muslims, and immigrants. According to Tom Hainlin, Ascent Private Capital Management’s international investment strategist, one of the year’s biggest risk events is finally off the table and people can now focus on the fundamentals while the European Central Bank continues to be accommodating. Macron’s win was good news for investors but the elections still had already caused ripple effects on the markets. For instance, European stocks soared as the Euro ...

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The US market has performed strongly in 2015. Across all indices, the year to date performance of the US market generated a 21.36% return. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.75%, the NASDAQ Composite Index rose 28.86%, the S&P 500 21.86%, and the New York Stock Exchange Composite PR rose 14.86%. These figures are indicative of a bullish market, and that sentiment is likely to spill over into 2018 as sweeping tax reform, interest rate hikes, and bullishness propels US markets. The performance of emerging markets in 2017 was particularly notable. They led the way with gains of around 30% in USD terms by December. Close in tow are EMU markets with gains of 23.9%, Japan with 20.2%, the US at 19.6%, and the UK at 12.6%. Share prices rose sharply in 2017, with the all country share price up 16.9% through December, emerging markets up 24.6%, the US up 19.6%, ...

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The Canadian economy has turned the corner in recent months, driven in large part by an increase in business investment, gains in household wealth, and expansionary prospects vis-à-vis fiscal policy. The Canadian economy is heavily reliant on commodity prices, and a turnaround in the price of crude oil, gold, iron ore and related commodities is helping to boost Canadian GDP. The Bank of Canada (BOC) expects inflation to surpass the 2% benchmark by the end of 2018. Wage growth is increasing in Canada, and this bodes well for clearing excess capacity currently in the market. The Government of Canada is working hard to adopt an expansionary policy with tax and government spending, to encourage economic growth. Towards the end of the year, the Canadian government is likely to pull back on quantitative easing (monetary stimulus) as the economy gains traction and growth continues. Key drivers of changing monetary policy include inflation ...

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The last week of June has been rather bearish for Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has retreated from over 21,500 to its current level of 21,367.58. While still impressive, the recent losses have dampened expectations somewhat. The S&P 500 index has also performed in a similar fashion, declining from the 2,450 support level to its current level of 2,425.63. And the tech-heavy NASDAQ composite index is down from a week high of 6,290 to its current level of 6,161.73. The weekly performance of Wall Street bourses should not be perceived as a barometer of the overall strength of these indices over 1 year. For example, the Dow is up 24.66%, the S&P 500 index is up 21.25%, and the NASDAQ composite index is up 34.11%. This begs the question: What drove the indices lower towards the end of June? There are several reasons why US equities markets are facing a risk-off ...

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Investors across the world gave a sigh of relief after Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate, won the first round of the French presidential elections. Macron defeated his anti-EU opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the runoff round of the elections. A Macron win was what every investor worldwide had been praying for. The 39-year old Macron is a former economy minister. He had never run for an elective post before. He is an ardent pro-Europe proponent known for his tolerant attitude towards refugees, Muslims, and immigrants. According to Tom Hainlin, Ascent Private Capital Management’s international investment strategist, one of the year’s biggest risk events is finally off the table and people can now focus on the fundamentals while the European Central Bank continues to be accommodating. Macron’s win was good news for investors but the elections still had already caused ripple effects on the markets. For instance, European stocks soared as the Euro ...

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On November 8, 2016, America elected a new president. That the choice was Donald Trump created tremendous controversy in political and social circles, but economic markets rallied around the news. The message that the Trump campaign brought to the people resonated far and wide. Make America Great Again is more than a catchphrase, it is an undertaking to drain the swamp, bring industry back to the United States, repair healthcare, cut taxes, and boost the military. These ambitious undertakings have been promised in the past, but somehow with Trump they seemed more real. The Trump presidency brought with it tremendous optimism in the form of boosted financial markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rallied to over 21,000 in short order. Investors, traders, and talking heads believed that anything was possible with Trump. Reading the Indicators Consider the following performance data of the US financial markets: The Dow Jones is up ...

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2017 is now well underway and equities traders on Wall Street could not be happier. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has broken through the critical 21,000 resistance level and by 1 March was trading at 21,073.70. Not to be outdone, the S&P 500 index is hovering around 2,384, while the NASDAQ composite index is holding steady at 5,876. These numbers are significant in many ways. For starters, the Dow is trading at record levels. Over the past 1 year, the premier blue-chip index – the Dow 30 – is up 24.71%, while the S&P 500 index is up 20.02% and the technology-heavy index, the NASDAQ, is up 24.95%. Why are equities markets rallying on Wall Street? There are many reasons why equities markets rally, primarily sentiment about the state of the US economy. Jobs numbers, unemployment data, wage growth and the Trump factor are playing a big part in US economic robustness. ...

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