Market. To some extent, weak consumer sentiment is holding back Canadian stocks. The consumer in Canada is largely overspent. Debt levels have been rising to very, very high levels, which would put a lot of pressure on a lot of people if interest rates were to go up very much. Also, our economy has been a little more tepid than what has been in the US. There is a lot of expectation built into the US market that could prove to be somewhat disappointing down the road. This is a time to be cautious, paying really hard attention to valuations, what you are paying for stocks, why you are buying them, what is your holding period and how does it fit into your portfolio. This is a good time to have a reserve on the side.
President, Sprung Investment Management http://www.sprunginvestment.com/