The large stimulus packages announced by G7 governments to support the economy during COVID-19 have led to massive deficits and debts for all nations.
Since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, governments and large institutional shareholders have been putting a massive amount of pressure on Big Oil to do more to reduce greenhouse emissions.
On the shareholder front, many of the largest pension, endowment, and sovereign wealth funds have decided to reduce or eliminate the energy sector from their portfolios since Big Oil was not moving fast enough.
With many global stock markets hitting all-time highs, investors feel optimistic despite the negative news of rising daily COVID-19 cases. To better understand what is happening, we need to look below the surface to see how professional investors position their portfolios.
In my last blog I showed that Mr. Trump is not the stock market president, in that the U.S. stock market has had better returns under various presidents during their term and that since 1948, the U.S. stock market has done better under a Democratic president than a Republican.
President Trump has often bragged about how well the stock market has performed since he was elected. With the U.S. stock market recovering all its losses since its March lows and recently hitting a new all-time high, it’s time to do some fact checking
Recently there have been media reports of a few companies that had purchased pandemic insurance. Two notable examples are the Wimbledon Championship Tennis Tournament and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently posted a blog about corruption and COVID-19.
Pink Floyd’s classic song ‘Comfortably Numb’ sums up the current state of global markets and the economy. Central bankers (‘the doctors’) have successfully revived the global economy (‘the patient’) from the COVID crisis through massive injections of liquidity
Like the Netflix hit series ‘Stranger Things’, the global COVID crisis has turned the lives of billions of people upside down for the last three months.
Since March 22nd, global stock markets have had a powerful rally with Canadian and U.S. stock markets, up 36% and 34%, respectively as of April 29th.
Given the stalling of the global economy in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, central banks and governments are forced into a corner to do “whatever it takes” to dampen the impact of a recession.
On the weekend, Saudi Arabia cut its official crude selling prices for April, effectively launching an oil price war against Russia. The price cut was a result of Russia and Saudi Arabia failing to agree on terms surrounding further production restrictions that were slated to begin April 1st.
Since February 21st, investors have been gripped by the fear of the Coronavirus spreading globally and causing the next recession. Unfortunately, given the digital age we live in, fear, bad news and fake news all spread faster than good news.
News that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading outside of China, has caused investors to hit the panic sell button. With Covid-19 not yet contained, the economic damage continues to spread from China and across multi-national companies in the airline, hotel, cruise, casino, entertainment and logistics sectors.
This morning one of the Fund’s top ten holdings (with a 3.7% portfolio weight) – Northview Apartment REIT announced a takeover proposal at a 12% premium to yesterday’s closing price. The all cash deal is expected to close in the third quarter.
As of Feb. 4th, Tesla’s stock year to date has gained 112% in less than 24 trading days. Is this parabolic move based on fundamentals or just irrational exuberance? We looked under the hood to check out the facts.