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Market Review – January 2020

Happy New Year! In this month’s Market Review, our Chief Options Specialist, Jason Ayres, reflects on the January market and provides his predictions for what’s to come in 2020. Here’s our overview: There was little holding stocks back in December as investor optimism pushed stocks higher Much of this optimism is supported by the following: […]

Economic Data Shows Canadian Economy Is Slowing Faster Than Thought

Despite the U.S.-China trade war, the Canadian economy had been reporting decent, but not robust, economic growth. All that has changed though. For the first time in 2019, economic data is rolling in that suggests the Canadian economy is slowing down faster than what analysts forecasted. This does not bode well for the Canadian economy […]

North American Stocks Stall as U.S./China Trade War Tensions Rise

Despite signs that the U.S. economy is slowing and concerns about a global recession, North American stocks have rallied to record levels in 2019, fuelled most recently, by stronger than expected third quarter results. But the run of record closes on the TSX, NASDAQ, NYSE, S&P 500, and Dow Jones Industrial Average recently hit a […]

Stocks at Record Levels But Business Insolvencies Increase for the First Time in Two Decades

Despite the TSX being at record levels, there are warning signs that the Canadian economy isn’t doing as well as everyone thought. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the number of corporate insolvencies is on the rise. And this upward trend is expected to reach into 2020. Personal bankruptcies are up too. With […]

Canadian Economy to Slow in 2020 as Global Manufacturing Recession Takes Hold

On the surface, the Canadian economy seems to be doing well. The country’s job market is on track for one of its best years ever and the economy is improving, albeit at a snail’s pace. Still, there is growing consensus that the Canadian economy will slow in 2020 as a result of the global manufacturing […]

Bank of Canada Holds Rate Steady Despite Gloomy Economic Outlook

On October 30, the Bank of Canada announced that it was keeping its key overnight lending rate at 1.75%. Keeping interest rates pat generally means the central bank is optimistic about the economy, which is good for the Canadian dollar. Not this time. The Bank of Canada forecasted a weaker domestic outlook over the next […]