Monday morning briefing: 30,000 reasons to love the Dow

Canada’s economy expanded 40.5%, annualized, over the third quarter of 2020. This was a record expansion that followed a record 38.1% drop in the second quarter. While gross domestic product is within about 5% of its pre-pandemic level, making up that 5% difference might be difficult and could take some time. With COVID-19 cases rising and new restrictions across the country, Canada’s economic growth slowed to 0.8% in September, down from 0.9% growth in the previous month. Statistics Canada projected an even weaker growth rate of 0.2% in October.

Economic/industry news

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Reasons for hope

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Adapting your business

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Chart of the week: 30,000 reasons to love the Dow

Not only did the Dow Jones Industrial Average close above 30,000 points for the first time ever in November, but it also posted its best month since 1987 – with a return of 12%. The Dow benefited from expectations that a COVID-19 vaccine will be deployed in the near future.

Leading the charge were companies expected to do well as the economy recovers. These companies included The Boeing Co., American Express Co. and Chevron Corp. While the S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ Composite Index reached record prices over the previous few months, it was finally the Dow’s time to shine. As we appear to be getting closer to a vaccine, the Dow may further demonstrate its strength in the months to come.
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News and notes (U.S.)

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News and notes (Canada)

Mackenzie to purchase an environmental investment firm: Mackenzie Financial to acquire Greenchip

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The number of women on Canadian boards is rising: Women on boards jump 30% in last six years

TD launches ESG ETFs: TD Asset Management launches three ESG Exchange-Traded Funds – helping clients align their investments with their values Tax rules for employee stock options are changing: Employee stock option changes to take effect July 1

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