President’s Message – April 2018

Q1-2018 The most turbulent in the history of financial markets!

April 12, 2018

The first quarter of 2018 has been one of the most turbulent in the history of financial markets – this after experiencing exceptionally low volatility in 2017.

On interest rates, both the Bank of Canada (BoC) and the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) raised rates. The BoC increased rates in January and then put the brakes on at the next meeting. The Fed did nothing in January but did the opposite by raising rates in March. Again, uncertainty is the word when we speak about interest rate changes. Read More…

President’s Message – January 2018

2017 - A Most Bizzare Year

January 10, 2018

2017 was a most interesting year in so many ways. In fact, I think it was the most bizarre year that I can remember in terms of geopolitics and investment markets. Pretty much whatever most people thought would happen, didn’t. With enormous uncertainty on so many levels, volatility dropped to new lows and many markets rose to new highs. There was a disconnect that I, in truth, had never before seen. Read More…