Market Watch

Commentary and thoughts on current market events from the MD Multi-Asset Management team.

  • Why are equities so expensive amid the pandemic?

    Why are equities so expensive amid the pandemic?

    Edward Golding explains why stock valuations are near all-time highs while the global economy is in recession.

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  • COVID-19 market update: Lockdowns easing, global cases rising

    COVID-19 market update: Lockdowns easing, global cases rising

    Markets rallied, pandemic restrictions are easing, new cases are on the rise. Things are far from normal as we prepare for what’s next.

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  • What’s up with bond yields? Wesley Blight explains.

    What’s up with bond yields? Wesley Blight explains.

    Wesley Blight explains fixed income yield, its relationship to other important economic variables, and why it matters now.

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  • Cautious U.S. Federal Reserve holds rates near zero

    Cautious U.S. Federal Reserve holds rates near zero

    Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Federal Reserve holds interest rates near zero and continues with quantitative easing to support markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • The Bank of Canada holds rates steady as financial conditions begin to improve

    The Bank of Canada holds rates steady as financial conditions begin to improve

    The Bank of Canada leaves interest rates unchanged as conditions improve. It remains accommodative as the economy is far from operating at full capacity.

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  • Ian Taylor provides an update on the U.S.-China relationship

    Ian Taylor provides an update on the U.S.-China relationship

    Ian Taylor provides an update on the U.S.-China relationship, why it’s important, why it’s complicated, and expectations going forward.

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  • Adjusting to the new normal – Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Adjusting to the new normal – Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Cities across North America have started to relax COVID-19-related restrictions, but things are still far from normal.

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  • What is value investing? What is growth investing? And why does it matter today?

    What is value investing? What is growth investing? And why does it matter today?

    Mark Fairbairn explains value and growth investing, which is better, and why investment managers are paying close attention to both styles.

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  • The U.S. Federal Reserve will hold rates until it’s confident the economy has weathered the storm

    The U.S. Federal Reserve will hold rates until it’s confident the economy has weathered the storm

    Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Federal Reserve holds interest rates near zero and continues with quantitative easing to support markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Quantitative easing and why it’s important to global markets

    Quantitative easing and why it’s important to global markets

    Ed Golding explains what quantitative easing is, how it works and why it’s so important to global markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • What does a negative oil price mean?

    What does a negative oil price mean?

    Oil prices go negative because of plentiful supply, low demand driven by COVID-19, and finite storage capacity.

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  • Craig Maddock and Ian Taylor on Q1 2020: Reviewing market and MD Portfolio performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    Craig Maddock and Ian Taylor on Q1 2020: Reviewing market and MD Portfolio performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    Craig Maddock and Ian Taylor recap the first quarter of 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, MD Portfolio performance and expectations for what’s ahead.

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  • The Bank of Canada takes further steps to support financial markets

    The Bank of Canada takes further steps to support financial markets

    The Bank of Canada took additional steps to ensure a properly functioning financial market, while leaving interest rates unchanged.

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  • COVID-19 market update: China coming back online?

    COVID-19 market update: China coming back online?

    China is starting to lift restrictions and is showing signs of returning to normal as the rest of the world locks down in attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • COVID-19 market update: Craig Maddock on markets, our outlook, and our strategy

    COVID-19 market update: Craig Maddock on markets, our outlook, and our strategy

    Craig Maddock, VP and Senior Portfolio Manager at MD Financial Management provides a look into current market conditions, MD’s outlook, and what MD is doing to protect client portfolios.

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  • Portfolio positioning update: Dealing with current market conditions

    Portfolio positioning update: Dealing with current market conditions

    COVID-19 uncertainties have sent markets lower. Here’s a look at how MD Financial Management is actively managing portfolios to protect values during the downturn.

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  • Soothing the economic impact of COVID-19: Coordinated central bank policy and more

    Soothing the economic impact of COVID-19: Coordinated central bank policy and more

    Central banks around the world have decreased interest rates and injected billions of dollars into their economies to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis from becoming a financial crisis.

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  • Market update: Oil price shock and continuing coronavirus uncertainty

    Market update: Oil price shock and continuing coronavirus uncertainty

    Major markets declined as oil prices dropped sharply amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). An update from MD Financial Management.

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  • Responsible investing isn't just a trend — it's about risk management

    Responsible investing isn't just a trend — it's about risk management

    See how environmental, social and governance considerations have become an important part of our investment management approach.

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  • The Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve cut rates in support of the global economy

    The Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve cut rates in support of the global economy

    The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on the global economy has made the Bank of Canada cut rates to 1.25%. This follows the U.S. Federal Reserve’s surprise cut the day before.

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