CLOSING THE GAP – Dividend paying stocks have been very popular with investors in recent years due to weak returns in the bond market. That picture appears to be shifting in Canada for the first time in almost a decade. As the Bank of Canada has slowly tightened monetary policy, bond yields have naturally risen, yet still remain well below the levels seen before the financial crisis. As bond yields rise, investors may cut their exposure to equities. Historically bull markets tend to end once interest rates have risen too much, too fast. The current long-lasting uptrend is beginning to show signs of entering the euphoria stage. If dividend yields drop below bond yields it could be another indication that the high-flying stock market is headed for a correction.
Click here to read more: Monthly Insight – May 2018 – Closing the Gap
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Market Comment – The turbulent start for financial markets so far in 2018 has left few places to hide. Investors have had a lot thrown at them; escalating tensions over global trade, major tech sector wobbles, increasing turmoil at the White House and an onslaught of stock volatility. Certainly, the markets were overly greedy and downturns are normal but what has investors in a tizzy is the abrupt and perhaps savageness of the swings. However, while the ride was bumpy the final outcome was not overly hideous or cataclysmic.
Last year the Canadian economy expanded at a much stronger pace in comparison to the previous year and the outlook for 2018 remains positive…..
Click here to read more: Investment Review – Q1 2018