How Are Markets Shaping Up for the New Year?

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 ...

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Investing in Canadian Stocks

Is it a Good Idea to Diversify Your Financial Portfolio into Canada as Well?

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, ...

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The Markets Have Stalled: What Factors Are Weighing In?

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 ...

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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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