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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, July 14, 2017

By Mike Keerma

The major U.S. and Canadian stock indices posted strong weekly gains, despite softer U.S. inflation and retail sales reports. Both gold and crude oil also rose on the week, as the U.S. dollar faded on soft inflation and retail sales data. Toronto’s benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index advanced 1.0% on the week, fueled by a 5.1% weekly gain in the price of crude oil, a 1.3% rise in the price of gold. The Canadian dollar continued to climb against the U.S. dollar, closing the week at US$0.7905, as the Bank of Canada hiked its policy rate to 0.75%. The blue-chip U.S. benchmark S&P 500 Composite Index climbed 1.4% on the week, closing at a record high on Friday, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed just shy of its record, gaining 2.6% on the week.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, July 05, 2017



In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the potential for a big market correction as we head into the summer and the fall, which has historically been the most volatile period for stocks. There are many reasons for some concern, with valuation levels leading the pack. While lower rates may help justify inflated valuations, it’s difficult to believe that price-to-earnings ratios of more than 21 times is sustainable into the future, particularly when the longer-term average is closer to 15. If we get a regression to the historic average, that’s a nearly 30% drop in value.


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By Gordon Pape | Monday, March 27, 2017

BUILDING WEALTH WITH GORDON PAPE
 

Two of my recommended U.S. bank stocks JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) announced two very different sets of financial results for their 2016 year-end. The former blew by analysts’ estimates with a year-over-year earnings gain of 24%. The latter left investors deeply disappointed, posting a profit drop of 5.4% from the year before. What accounts for the wide disparity in two of America’s largest financial institutions?


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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, February 24, 2017

By Mike Keerma

* More records for U.S. indices, TSX backs off.
* EdgePoint closes Series O portfolios.
* BMO lists ETFs on NEO Exchange.
* LOGiQ shuts down Macquarie infrastructure fund.


* More records for U.S. indices, TSX backs off. The major U.S. market indices went on to close at fresh record highs again last week, while Canadian stocks retreated. The U.S. blue-chip S&P 500 Composite Index closed the week with a 0.7% advance, following the lead of the roaring Dow Jones Industrial Average, which gained 1% on the week, pushing it into new high territory with a record close of 20,821.76 on Friday. The Nasdaq Composite Index logged a hairline 0.1% advance on the week, closing Friday just marginally below a record advance. The U.S. indices were led higher by gains in utilities and telecom stocks, even as lagging energy and financial stocks put a damper on the ebullience. Toronto’s benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index, however, lost 2% on the week, retreating in the face of sliding energy and financial stocks, which are overweighted in the index. Gold, meanwhile, gained 1.8% on the week, while crude oil advanced 1.3%.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, October 21, 2016

By Mike Keerma

* TSX rallies on energy, gold.
* First Asset launches three ETFs based on CIBC Index Strategies.

Pressured by the prospect of another quarter of fading corporate profitability, and troubled by uncertainties surrounding the U.S. election and the timing of the Fed’s next rate hike, the S&P 500 Composite Index edged up a barely visible 0.4% on the week, while the Nasdaq Composite Index posted a 0.8% advance. Toronto’s benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index, buoyed by a rally in energy issues and a 1.2% gain in the price of gold, posted a more robust 2.4% advance on the week.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, October 14, 2016

By Mike Keerma

* Markets fade on Yellen’s ‘high pressure’
* NEI launches demographic-focused fund.
* Sphere debuts sustainable yield index ETF.
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Vanguard introduces Asia Pacific and Europe ETFs.
* First Trust introduces sector rotation ETF.


A 1.5% rise in the price of crude oil helped keep Toronto’s benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index just above breakeven on the week, while the U.S. blue-chip benchmarkS&P 500 Composite Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index both lost ground for the second week in a row as Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen affirmed the central bank’s dovish stance in remarks on Friday.


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By Gordon Pape | Monday, October 03, 2016

BUILDING WEALTH WITH GORDON PAPE
 

This is the best of times to be an income investor. The market value of almost every income security you own has shot up in recent months, making you much richer than at the start of the year. But this is also the worst of times to be an income investor. The yields on your securities have tumbled as share prices rose. So what’s a yield-seeking investor to do?


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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, September 30, 2016

By Mike Keerma

North American stock markets advanced marginally on the week, closing an uninspiring and volatile September, but posting solid third-quarter gains overall. Last week saw markets react to signs that Opec may implement a production cap in coming months. Crude oil prices surged by $3 per barrel on the week, climbing 7.4% to US$47.98 per barrel, lending support to the flagging S&P/TSX Composite Index, which nevertheless managed to eke out a 0.2% gain on the week. Rumors swirling about the financial stability of German banking giant Deutsche Bank AG also abated by the end of the week, as the S&P 500 Composite Index rallied to end the week with a hairline advance of 0.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index edged up 0.1% on the week.


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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, September 23, 2016

By Mike Keerma

* Market wrap: Fed decision revives sentiment
* 3 new Forstrong Global funds from iA Clarington.

* RBC adds 4 income ETFs.
* Horizons debuts 2 currency-hedged ETFs.

The main North American stock indices came back to life last week following the decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board to keep its trend-setting federal funds rate unchanged. And while the price of crude oil skidded -3.5% on Friday, oil still gained a respectable 3.4% on the week overall, lending at least some additional support to Toronto’s S&P/TSX Composite Index, which advanced 1.7% on the week. Likewise the main U.S. blue-chip benchmark, the S&P 500 Composite Index, and the tech-gauge Nasdaq Composite Index, both advanced 1.2% on the week. The S&P/TSX Composite is now up 13% on the year to date compared with 6% for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.


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By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, September 14, 2016

   

Historically, the U.S. has been one of the toughest markets to beat on a consistent basis. Beutel Goodman American Equity Fund consistently pulls it off, and is one of the higher quality U.S. equity funds. Its performance has earned it the annual Fundata FundGrade A+™ Award for three years running and places it regularly on the monthly FundGrade A-Grade list. Here’s a look at how the managers do it.


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