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Monday Morning Briefing: How low can yields go?

Monday Morning Briefing: How low can yields go?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated some individual and business trends, including increased work from home and online shopping activity. The movie industry has also been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Production of many movies has been halted, while cinemas remain closed, resulting in the delay of feature presentations. Home video streaming services such as Netflix […]

August 10, 2020

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Tuesday morning briefing: McDonald’s not lovin’ it

Tuesday morning briefing: McDonald’s not lovin’ it

U.S. economic growth plummeted in the second quarter of 2020 in response to lockdown measures. Gross domestic product shrank 32.9%, annualized, but was slightly better than the 34.5% decline economists had expected. Now the recovery is expected to begin, but how quick will it be? Rising COVID-19 infections in some states are forcing reopening efforts […]

August 4, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Concerned consumers

Monday morning briefing: Concerned consumers

Let’s play ball! Major League Baseball had its opening day last week, with other major sports leagues returning to play – or kicking off their seasons – in the next few days and weeks. Sports is a significant contributor to local economies, as fans buy tickets and purchase concessions, while hotels and local restaurants benefit […]

July 27, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Is it Netflix’s turn to chill?

Monday morning briefing: Is it Netflix’s turn to chill?

Central banks were in the spotlight last week, as the Bank of Canada, European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan all made their interest rate announcements. The message from all three was largely the same: wait and see. The central banks left key interest rates unchanged and maintained their bond-buying programs, believing the current […]

July 20, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Gold bugs are buzzing

Monday morning briefing: Gold bugs are buzzing

With more cases of COVID-19 challenging the global economic recovery, and potentially more stimulus on the horizon, is US$2,000 within reach?

July 13, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: A welcome rebound

Monday morning briefing: A welcome rebound

The U.S. economy and equity markets got some welcome news last week as 4.8 million jobs were added, surpassing market expectations of 3.2 million jobs. This lowered the U.S. unemployment rate to 11.1%. Rising job numbers bode well for the health of the U.S. economy and should help in its recovery. Consumer and business spending […]

July 6, 2020

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Monday morning briefing – Reverse swoosh

Monday morning briefing – Reverse swoosh

Speculation became reality when Canada lost its AAA-rating from Fitch Ratings last week. Fitch dropped Canada’s rating to AA+. This was largely in response to Canada’s rising debt-to-GDP ratio, which ballooned as the government initiated spending programs to help Canadians amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This could raise the cost of capital for Canada, hinder investor […]

June 29, 2020

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Your virtual meeting playbook

Your virtual meeting playbook

Tips for running great online meetings – and looking good in the process

June 26, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Shutting down sales

Monday morning briefing: Shutting down sales

Fear of a second wave of COVID-19 infections is intensifying. There has been a spike in cases in many states across the U.S. California had its largest one-day jump in COVID-19 cases, while Texas has seen a surge in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. In China, Beijing was forced to close schools and cancel flights in […]

June 22, 2020

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New normals vs. eternal truths

New normals vs. eternal truths

Let’s explore the things that have changed forever and those that will remain the same for the financial industry.

June 18, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Is Hertz back in the driver’s seat?

Monday morning briefing: Is Hertz back in the driver’s seat?

As economies begin to reopen, businesses are thinking about how to get their employees back to the office.

June 15, 2020

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8 social media tips during these challenging times

8 social media tips during these challenging times

These are unprecedented times. Investors need guidance from their advisors more than ever before, and social media can help – if it’s used correctly.

June 12, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: The people want to work

Monday morning briefing: The people want to work

U.S. labour market numbers for May were released last week and stoked optimism that the U.S. economic recovery may be upon us.

June 8, 2020

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YOUR HEDGE FUND CLIENTS DESERVE REASSURANCE AMID COVID-19

YOUR HEDGE FUND CLIENTS DESERVE REASSURANCE AMID COVID-19

Communicating through a crisis is always difficult, but communicating through COVID-19 presents new challenges that many hedge fund managers haven’t faced before.

June 4, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: A look back at Q1 GDP

Monday morning briefing: A look back at Q1 GDP

Increased tensions between the U.S. and China might impact global trade activity and financial markets. Economic reopening efforts continue across the U.S. and Canada. Investors are closely monitoring economic results to see if the worst is behind us. The “Big Six” Canadian banks put aside a total of $10.9 billion for credit loss provisions, given […]

June 1, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: This would make Sam Walton proud

Monday morning briefing: This would make Sam Walton proud

Perhaps a sign of the new normal, Shopify Inc. announced its employees will work from home permanently. This is not specific to the tech industry, however. Many major banks across the U.S. and Canada have announced they are considering how, when and where their employees will be working in the post-pandemic world. Economic/industry news Canadian […]

May 25, 2020

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Tuesday morning briefing: Retail sales way down in the U.S.

Tuesday morning briefing: Retail sales way down in the U.S.

Some investing heavyweights recently sounded the alarm on equities. Stanley Druckenmiller believes the risk-reward tradeoff for equities is not attractive, while David Tepper thinks the market is overvalued. U.S.-China tensions appear to be growing as the U.S. Commerce Department looked to put restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and […]

May 19, 2020

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COVID-19 is changing financial services marketing. Are you ready?

COVID-19 is changing financial services marketing. Are you ready?

COVID-19 has led to widespread business shutdowns in the hope of containing the spread of the virus. This has, in turn, resulted in a severe global economic disruption and financial market volatility. It’s safe to say that most investors are facing financial stresses to some degree right now. And the way they interact with their […]

May 12, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: GDP down … but is it out?

Monday morning briefing: GDP down … but is it out?

In the U.S., federal and state governments are planning to ease restrictions and allow some businesses to reopen. In Canada, various provinces have already started to reopen as well. These provinces have taken small steps and are demanding reopened businesses maintain proper health and safety measures. Germany, Italy and France, among other European nations, are […]

May 11, 2020

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Monday morning briefing: Markets rise while economies struggle

Monday morning briefing: Markets rise while economies struggle

Potential COVID-19 drug showed positive results. The keys to running a successful remote meeting. Could M&A be banned during the pandemic? And much more in this week’s briefing. Economic/industry news U.S. economic expansion ends: US GDP shrank 4.8% in the first quarter amid biggest contraction since the financial crisis Europe’s GDP contracts: Europe’s economy just […]

May 4, 2020

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