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By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, May 25, 2018

By Mike Keerma

A 5.3% slide in the price of crude oil this past week hit energy stocks, and contributed to lackluster performance by the major North American stock indices. With no major economic data points making an appearance last week and the geopolitical situation at somewhere near a status quo, markets marked time trading in a narrow range through the week. Toronto’s main benchmark, the S&P/TSX Composite Index, lost 0.5% on a shortened week of trading, mostly a result of crude oil’s price slide reverberating through the market’s heavily weighted energy sector. The big U.S. blue-chip S&P 500 Composite Index scarcely did any better, gaining only 0.3% on the week, as the price of crude oil reacted to reports that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and Russia were planning to increase crude production after a period of cutbacks. In addition, trading volumes declined ahead of the U.S. Memorial Day long weekend. The outlier was the Nasdaq Composite Index, which gained 1.1% on the week, propelled by strength in the Internet and technology sector.


By Robyn K. Thompson | Friday, May 25, 2018

Q –– I consider myself a middle-of-the-road investor, with exposure to both stocks and bonds in my portfolio. But I’m seeing negative numbers on my quarterly performance reports, by my advisor assures me that I have done better than the “market.” I’m not quite sure of what he means. How can I figure out if I’m outperforming the market? What benchmark should I be using for a balanced portfolio like mine? – Rick T., Mississauga, Ontario


By Bruce Loeppky  | Thursday, May 24, 2018

After a bit of volatility early in the year, things have returned to “normal” again. The small correction we experienced was the first real volatility after a number of years of smooth sailing, which is unusual. This long bull market started after the 2008-09 credit crisis with much government stimulus and is now mostly running on its own stream. We have increased synchronization with the world’s top economic areas (Europe, U.S., China, and Japan), and all are performing well, which doesn’t often happen. That is why markets continue to trend upwards, and why most economic news is positive.


By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

With Canadian interest rates likely moving higher in the next few months, many investors are looking for fixed-income exposure outside of Canada. The actively managed Renaissance Global Bond Fund is one of the more compelling choices available in the Global Fixed Income space.


By Gordon Pape | Tuesday, May 22, 2018


The bull market hit its ninth anniversary in March, making it the second-longest in U.S. history. Don’t bet on it reaching the age of 10. The caution lights are flashing.


More recent articles

By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, May 18, 2018
By Samantha Prasad | Thursday, May 17, 2018
By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By Tyler Mordy | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
By Margaret O'Sullivan | Monday, May 14, 2018
By Fund Library News Wire | Friday, May 11, 2018
By Robyn K. Thompson | Friday, May 11, 2018
By Susan Yates | Thursday, May 10, 2018
By Dave Paterson | Wednesday, May 09, 2018
By Knowledge Bureau | Tuesday, May 08, 2018
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