Markets stabilized today after yesterday’s sell-off in U.S. equities left the S&P 500 Index down -3.1%, with losses in 13 of the last 14 days. Mixed corporate earnings and weak housing data fueled concerns that rising prices driven by the U.S.-China trade war, along with rising interest rates, are beginning to crimp economic growth.
This quarter, Wayne Gillespie, Director & Senior Portfolio Strategist, discusses how trade wars, interest rates and monetary policies are affecting Canadian and international markets. He also speaks to “market noise” and why recent downturns are a sign to be cautious not fearful.
The U.S. stock market has declined for six straight days. The S&P 500 dropped 3.3% on Wednesday – its largest single day drop since February 2018. By market close today it had dipped a further 2.06%. Stocks also fell in Canada and in markets across the globe.
Selling a business or passing it on to the next generation can be the most important financial event in an entrepreneur’s lifetime. But Canadian small business owners are not succeeding when it comes to succession planning, reveals a new IPC Private Wealth poll.
It was about a generation ago when many low-risk fixed income investments could not only anchor a portfolio – they could boost overall performance. In 1995, a Government of Canada 10-year bond yielded 8%. A 5-year GIC, in 1990, paid over 10% annual interest.