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February 6, 2020
Record highs across the board. Coronavirus had an effect on the market, but people realize it can be controlled, especially outside China. In Canada, there's a lot more transparency than with SARS. It's hard to get transparency in China. China is a bigger part of the economy now than back then. Slower growth over first quarter, but then we'll move on from there.
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February 6, 2020
Record highs across the board. Coronavirus had an effect on the market, but people realize it can be controlled, especially outside China. In Canada, there's a lot more transparency than with SARS. It's hard to get transparency in China. China is a bigger part of the economy now than back then. Slower growth over first quarter, but then we'll move on from there.
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February 6, 2020
How long with the party south of the border continue? Looking at the US stock market, if you have single digit earnings growth, that translates into single to mid-double digit returns, which isn't bad. The US consumer continues to hold up. ROE in the US is higher than in rest of the world. You pay more, but get a bigger bang for your buck. With interest rates, equities are still attractive. Stay liquid but don't leverage yourself.
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February 6, 2020
How long with the party south of the border continue? Looking at the US stock market, if you have single digit earnings growth, that translates into single to mid-double digit returns, which isn't bad. The US consumer continues to hold up. ROE in the US is higher than in rest of the world. You pay more, but get a bigger bang for your buck. With interest rates, equities are still attractive. Stay liquid but don't leverage yourself.
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February 6, 2020
Too late to deploy new money? If you have a long-term view, consider whether it's a good company and if it meets your requirements. Whenever you buy a stock, there's a good chance it will fall below your purchase price very quickly. Pullbacks can be very short. Sometimes with waiting, you can miss a gain. Consider your risk allocation. Put some in equities, and some in bonds, since on a really bad day in the markets, bonds will rally. Develop a personal investing and risk management philosophy. Stock volatility is much higher nowadays. If a stock falls a lot, he goes back and reassesses. If he still likes the company, he buys more. Also if a stock gets to be a substantial part of a portfolio, trim a bit.
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February 6, 2020
Too late to deploy new money? If you have a long-term view, consider whether it's a good company and if it meets your requirements. Whenever you buy a stock, there's a good chance it will fall below your purchase price very quickly. Pullbacks can be very short. Sometimes with waiting, you can miss a gain. Consider your risk allocation. Put some in equities, and some in bonds, since on a really bad day in the markets, bonds will rally. Develop a personal investing and risk management philosophy. Stock volatility is much higher nowadays. If a stock falls a lot, he goes back and reassesses. If he still likes the company, he buys more. Also if a stock gets to be a substantial part of a portfolio, trim a bit.
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February 6, 2020
Are stock splits a thing of the past? Back then, it was hard to buy an odd lot, but today it's easy and it doesn't cost you anything more. You can buy one share of any company you want. The multiple determines how expensive a company is, not the actual dollar amount of a share.
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February 6, 2020
Are stock splits a thing of the past? Back then, it was hard to buy an odd lot, but today it's easy and it doesn't cost you anything more. You can buy one share of any company you want. The multiple determines how expensive a company is, not the actual dollar amount of a share.
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February 6, 2020
Gold. Doesn't own any gold or gold companies right now. It's doing well because negative interest rates are helping, as it doesn't cost you to hold gold anymore. Trade issues and coronavirus have helped, because people see gold as a safety asset. A feeling that central banks will keep the market liquid, and this will continue to help.
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February 6, 2020
Gold. Doesn't own any gold or gold companies right now. It's doing well because negative interest rates are helping, as it doesn't cost you to hold gold anymore. Trade issues and coronavirus have helped, because people see gold as a safety asset. A feeling that central banks will keep the market liquid, and this will continue to help.
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February 5, 2020
Market Outlook He thinks this virus scare will likely be a short-lived one, much like SARS was. Towards the second-half of the year he expects a re-acceleration to the market. Cyclicals and commodities tend to do well in this environment. Unemployment and interest rates are low, which aids market growth. Add to this a Presidential election year and all things look positive, especially for stocks.
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February 5, 2020
Market Outlook He thinks this virus scare will likely be a short-lived one, much like SARS was. Towards the second-half of the year he expects a re-acceleration to the market. Cyclicals and commodities tend to do well in this environment. Unemployment and interest rates are low, which aids market growth. Add to this a Presidential election year and all things look positive, especially for stocks.
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February 5, 2020
Cannabis? His view of this space is fairly negative. It is a very tough market. Demand forecasts were too high, he thought. These companies are spending a lot of money and will have a difficult time sourcing more cash in the future. In 20 years this will be like the alcohol sector, but there is a lot of uncertainty between now and then. It will be particularly challenging for the smaller companies. He would not invest new money in this space.
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February 5, 2020
Cannabis? His view of this space is fairly negative. It is a very tough market. Demand forecasts were too high, he thought. These companies are spending a lot of money and will have a difficult time sourcing more cash in the future. In 20 years this will be like the alcohol sector, but there is a lot of uncertainty between now and then. It will be particularly challenging for the smaller companies. He would not invest new money in this space.
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February 5, 2020
US vs CDN Large Caps? Their view is that the US landscape is generally more favorable for valuations and diversification -- more tech and larger companies that are able to sell into larger markets. Tech companies in the US tend to have good capitalization and strong demand. He would prefer the US Index.
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February 5, 2020
US vs CDN Large Caps? Their view is that the US landscape is generally more favorable for valuations and diversification -- more tech and larger companies that are able to sell into larger markets. Tech companies in the US tend to have good capitalization and strong demand. He would prefer the US Index.
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February 5, 2020
Out of nowhere came the coronavirus which hit the energy stocks of the TSX (and the U.S.). A rebound had to come. Surprisingly, investors are brushing off this scare, though he hopes the virus doesn't spread. Canada will do very well with this rebound, because China is a big user of our products. The TSX hit a new high today, but over 10 years it still badly lags American indices like the Dow. The Dow is way up today because of health stock soaring....He always believed in Tesla and still recommends it. Sometimes it's not bad to pile onto a bubble--but you don't lose money taking profits too early, either. Tesla could show big growth this decade.
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February 5, 2020
Out of nowhere came the coronavirus which hit the energy stocks of the TSX (and the U.S.). A rebound had to come. Surprisingly, investors are brushing off this scare, though he hopes the virus doesn't spread. Canada will do very well with this rebound, because China is a big user of our products. The TSX hit a new high today, but over 10 years it still badly lags American indices like the Dow. The Dow is way up today because of health stock soaring....He always believed in Tesla and still recommends it. Sometimes it's not bad to pile onto a bubble--but you don't lose money taking profits too early, either. Tesla could show big growth this decade.
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February 4, 2020
Investors feel that the virus is under control. Also,the price of oil is falling because the market expects the (Chinese) economy to soften because of the virus. He doesn't expect a recession, because historically before every recession the price of gas doubles. YOY the price of oil is flat. The virus will impact Q1 growth in China but also the US; Chinese productivity will be down because the factories may be closed for another week following the Lunar New Year celebrations. Overall, manufacturing companies may re-examine the place of China in their supply chains, given this disruption; this means less manufacturing in China and more abroad. Other Asian economies may benefit....Bombardier will sell their business jet division and the timing is good; this space also crowded and needs consolidation anyway.
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February 4, 2020
Investors feel that the virus is under control. Also,the price of oil is falling because the market expects the (Chinese) economy to soften because of the virus. He doesn't expect a recession, because historically before every recession the price of gas doubles. YOY the price of oil is flat. The virus will impact Q1 growth in China but also the US; Chinese productivity will be down because the factories may be closed for another week following the Lunar New Year celebrations. Overall, manufacturing companies may re-examine the place of China in their supply chains, given this disruption; this means less manufacturing in China and more abroad. Other Asian economies may benefit....Bombardier will sell their business jet division and the timing is good; this space also crowded and needs consolidation anyway.
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February 4, 2020
The indexes are manipulated. Markets are way too big to be manipulated. In time, markets go up, particularly the US, UK and Switzerland because those economies are advantaged and attract companies. Short term, they do down because of recessions. Short term, markets are highly influenced by credit, and there's a lot more credit available now than even 12 months ago.
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February 4, 2020
The indexes are manipulated. Markets are way too big to be manipulated. In time, markets go up, particularly the US, UK and Switzerland because those economies are advantaged and attract companies. Short term, they do down because of recessions. Short term, markets are highly influenced by credit, and there's a lot more credit available now than even 12 months ago.
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February 4, 2020
The Iowa caucus (happened the night before) will probably benefit Pete and Bernie, but down the road he expects Bloomberg to prevail in the Democratic nomination. If Biden were 15 years younger, he would be a favourite. Nobody hates him, but he's pretty old. Bloomberg is old too, but as a rich New Yorker he can take on Trump. The Democratic nominee must seize the center to win... The coronavirus is important, but he looked up some stats and found that most deaths were of very old people, some with existing conditions.
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February 4, 2020
The Iowa caucus (happened the night before) will probably benefit Pete and Bernie, but down the road he expects Bloomberg to prevail in the Democratic nomination. If Biden were 15 years younger, he would be a favourite. Nobody hates him, but he's pretty old. Bloomberg is old too, but as a rich New Yorker he can take on Trump. The Democratic nominee must seize the center to win... The coronavirus is important, but he looked up some stats and found that most deaths were of very old people, some with existing conditions.
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February 4, 2020
Can I expect a 10% return from a Canadian bank? A portfolio must be diversified. Don't load up on big tech, for example. They will move in a pack. Also own banks, utilities and pipelines, which are more boring and won't offer explosive growth, but are dependable and safer. Sure, we all want to make 10% a year, but can that happen? True, collecting a 4% dividend and 6% share appreciation is possible. It has been possible for banks in the past, but we're in the low-interest rate world.
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February 4, 2020
Can I expect a 10% return from a Canadian bank? A portfolio must be diversified. Don't load up on big tech, for example. They will move in a pack. Also own banks, utilities and pipelines, which are more boring and won't offer explosive growth, but are dependable and safer. Sure, we all want to make 10% a year, but can that happen? True, collecting a 4% dividend and 6% share appreciation is possible. It has been possible for banks in the past, but we're in the low-interest rate world.
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February 4, 2020
Lithium: will we run out given the popularity of Tesla, etc? There's a lot of lithium in the world, so there's not a limited supply. We won't run out.
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February 4, 2020
Lithium: will we run out given the popularity of Tesla, etc? There's a lot of lithium in the world, so there's not a limited supply. We won't run out.
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February 3, 2020
Market. These things like the corona virus tend to blow over quite quickly. He does not mean to down play the human cost. Conditions are still in place for a pretty decent year in the stock market. As January goes, so goes the rest of the year often and January posted gains. The data is still supportive of an economical cycle continuing. 85% of the US economy has been in an expansion all along. He is expecting a good year for stocks.
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February 3, 2020
Market. These things like the corona virus tend to blow over quite quickly. He does not mean to down play the human cost. Conditions are still in place for a pretty decent year in the stock market. As January goes, so goes the rest of the year often and January posted gains. The data is still supportive of an economical cycle continuing. 85% of the US economy has been in an expansion all along. He is expecting a good year for stocks.
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