The Influence of the French Election on the Market

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, ...

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What has Happened to Trump Trade?

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 ...

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Wall Street

How Long will the Wall Street Rally Last?

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 ...

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Is Low Unemployment Good For the Stock Market?

When the unemployment rate is very low, it is often due to the economy doing very well. In fact, very low unemployment often translates to already high stock prices and for investors buying at that particular stage in the cycle is often detrimental to their portfolio returns. What we know about the stock market is prices are dependent on the business fundamentals, meaning what the business has done since its inception in addition to the future opportunities and future profits. As North American investors ...

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