Monday morning briefing: Tesla in overdrive

Why value may not bounce back as high as some think. Not so fast on a cashless society. Don’t assume that all high-net-worth individuals are the same. And much more in this week’s briefing.

Economic/industry news

U.S. economy added jobs in January: January adds a much stronger-than-expected 225,000 jobs, with a boost from warm weather

Canadian unemployment rate moved lower in January: Canada’s labour market picks up steam for second straight month

Why value may not bounce back as high as some think: Why value investors shouldn’t expect a ‘massive’ comeback

Why factor ETFs could become more popular: After trailing market, factor ETFs may shine in a low-return environment

Don’t overlook farmland as an asset class: A high-return, often overlooked, asset class is getting easier to invest in

Chart of the week


What a ride it’s already been in 2020 for Tesla Inc. Shares of the electric car company have risen almost 80% thus far in 2020, hitting an intra-day high of $969 on February 4. Why the huge run up in share price? Many believe the company should ramp up production in the coming years, while others believe it is rising on pure momentum and investors’ fear of missing out. Let us know what you think.

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News and notes (U.S.)

Two Sigma looking to attract outside investors for its private equity fund: Inside Two Sigma’s billion-dollar private-markets gambit

Not enough consistent data for ESG decisions: Why hedge fund managers say they avoid sustainable investing

Fund giant to enter private equity: Vanguard to enter private equity space

Future popularity of nontransparent ETFs unknownNontransparent ETFs: Transformational or just another product?

Mutual fund sales and performance over the past two weeksMutual funds scorecard: February 4 edition

News and notes (Canada)

TD launches real estate alternative fund: TDAM launches real estate fund

First Trust launches new ETF: First Trust launches buffer ETF

Horizons launches three total return ETFs: Horizons ETFs launches three new total return ETFs

ETFs inflows were $4.1 billion in January: Flows into Canadian ETFs top $4B for third straight month

Are annuities coming to the TFSA?: CLHIA recommends TFSAs be allowed to hold life annuities

Canadian DB plans rose 2.52% in the fourth quarter: Canadian DB plan returns rise in fourth quarter as equity markets rebound 

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

The difficulty in completing a digital transformation: Digital transformation requires more than technology upgrades

Potential trends in data for 2020: Is data our most valuable commodity? 2020 data trends

Not so fast on a cashless society: Cashless shopping may be here … but a cashless society? Nah!

Considering the development of a cloud-based platform specifically for financial institutions: Goldman mulls industry-specific financial cloud

The state of cybersecurity: The state of the cyber security market, according to BlackBerry’s CTO

Silicon Valley Bank partners with Mastercard on virtual card launch: Silicon Valley Bank launches virtual cards in the UK

High-net-worth topics

Don’t assume that all high-net-worth individuals are the same: Avoid the ‘assumption trap’ with your high-net-worth clients

The importance of cash for the high-net-worth: Founder of investment club for ultra-wealthy sees value in cash despite Dalio calling it ‘trash’

Polls & surveys – What financials are saying

Bank customers receptive to digital advice (J.D. Power): Retail bank customers keen to receive advice digitally: study

More Canadians have RRSP accounts (BMO): RRSP account size rose in 2019, finds BMO study

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