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Changing Tides

Markets | Dec 31, 2020

Closing out 2020 Last month, global equity markets surged as news around COVID-19 vaccine candidates gave investors hope that an economic recovery was plausible. Regionally, developed international equities provided the strongest returns, while beaten down sectors (real estate, energy and financials) and styles (value) came back into favour. In the…

All that glitters is not gold

All that Glitters is Not Gold

Markets | Aug 21, 2020

The price of gold has rallied this year from US$1,517 an ounce at the start of the year to US$1,975 as of July 31. What was the driver behind this recent surge? The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have caused the steepest drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in modern history….

Unknowns – Known and Unknown

Markets | Jul 30, 2020

The world is full of surprises or unknowns, some of which we can anticipate, while others are harder to foresee. “Known unknowns” are uncertainties and issues of which we are aware, but do not know the outcome. An example is this year’s U.S. presidential election. “Unknown unknowns” are events that…

When Sickness Strikes

Markets | Feb 28, 2020

Markets started the year with a lift from the phase one trade agreement between the U.S. and China and firming economic signals. However, the backdrop abruptly shifted as the outbreak of the coronavirus dashed hopes for a strong turnaround in global trade and industrial activity. While the long-term impact of…