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Weekly Insights: Bonds Still Work

The market gyrations of holding 100% equity is simply too great for most and combining some bonds reduced the overall
portfolio volatility. This diversification, of adding various asset classes, is at the heart of modern portfolio theory and how most portfolios have been constructed.

Weekly Insights: This time is different

Those four words are arguably responsible for more loss of capital than any other phrase. While certainly these can be
“dangerous” words when used to cajole the unsuspecting, markets are in fact always changing. They change because the behaviour of market participants changes. Whether the players are central bankers, active portfolio managers or a group of investors influenced by a crowd-sourcing platform, their actions constantly change and that alters how the markets function.

Canadian Entrepreneur Report 2020: Highlighting Three Farmers’ CEO Natasha Vandenhurk

In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, we are highlighting our female entrepreneurs for the month of March. First up is Natasha Vandenhurk, CEO of Three Farmers. Three Farmers believes that everyone should have wholesome food to eat, an understanding of where it comes from, and how it’s made. They are real farmers, committed to preserving the land through sustainable growing practices and providing nourishing foods grown on Saskatchewan family farms.

March 2021 Investor Strategy: The Yields They Are A-Risin’

February’s frothy backdrop was comprised mainly of (1) a successful continuation of COVID-19 vaccination administrations across
the globe; (2) patient and (seemingly) stubborn signalling from the Federal Reserve and other central banks in combination with
newly awoken hopes for additional fiscal stimulus; (3) ever-growing interest in investing from the retail community, as exhibited by
Reddit’s r/wallstreetbets user growth to ~9.3mn (+40% m/m); (4) sustained idiosyncratic pockets of speculative mispricings across a
variety of assets/securities, most notably in thematic highflying equities and cryptocurrencies; and (5) a steady rise in global yields,
followed by a last-minute inflection to pre-election highs during the month’s last week.

Weekly Insights: Valuations – Not As High As You Think

High valuations and rising bond yields are not a friendly environment for investors. And while that likely means correction risk is elevated, bond yields and earnings growth are moving higher for good reason. The economy is recovering and in the longer term that is very good news.

Weekly Insights: Waves of Money

Money that flows into or out of an asset class, sector or individual company matters, sometimes a lot. Consider the fact that apart from initial or secondary public offerings or option-related issuance from a government treasury, the number of shares available for purchase in a given company is relatively stable. We are simplifying things here, but if a group of new investors, perhaps Reddit followers who just received a fresh cheque (or check) from their new President, decide to put some money into “ABC Co.”, all else being equal, the share price will rise. It will rise until enough pre-existing or new investors decide that they are willing to sell their shares given the new price. Of course, this works in both directions.

Weekly Insights: Cyclical Yield

Dividend-focused investing is at the core of most Canadian investors’ portfolios, and for good reason. As bond yields grinded lower for much of the past 40 years, the quest for other sources of cash flow fed a steady stream of investors and capital into dividend-paying equities. And it has been a relatively pleasant ride, as this portion of the market has historically enjoyed good returns and less volatility than the overall TSX (a strong combo). Throw on some preferential tax treatment and we continue to believe dividendpaying equities should remain at the core of most portfolios.

February 2021 Investor Strategy: Little Mania to Start 2021

It appears that we have reached a critical moment in the market cycle. Speculative froth has stretched equity markets beyond what was initially expected, with S&P 500 and TSX forward P/E ratios appearing overextended at 22.1x and 16.6x, respectively. Despite hopes for a less eventful year, we may not be party to that pleasure after all if this month is any indication of what is yet to come.

Weekly Insights: Crying Wolf on Inflation, Again?

Once again we are emerging from a period of economic contraction with monetary policy breaking all previous records of just how accommodative central bankers can be. And once again there is a rising chorus of alarm about potential inflation on the horizon. Similar alarm bells were raised following the 2001-2002 bear market and the 2008 financial crisis. They also chimed in 2011 when commodity prices rose sharply, in 2013 during the taper tantrum and in 2016 shortly after Trump was elected. Each time, however, the inflationary wolf failed to materialize.