Market Watch

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

  • 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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  • Containing coronavirus: Short-term market conditions have changed

    Containing coronavirus: Short-term market conditions have changed

    MD has been analyzing global economic indicators for signs of change resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Responsible investing considerations can create opportunities... even in the automobile industry

    Responsible investing considerations can create opportunities... even in the automobile industry

    Responsible investing has become a focal point for many as awareness has grown on issues surrounding climate change. The rise of these considerations has created new investment opportunities.

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  • Expect fixed income returns to moderate going forward

    Expect fixed income returns to moderate going forward

    Rates are low and investors are seeking higher-yielding investments. This has driven bond prices up in recent months. It’s been great for investors, but the trend cannot continue indefinitely.

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  • Decade in review: The 2010s were exceptional

    Decade in review: The 2010s were exceptional

    As we enter a new decade, MD looks back the 2010s. Despite the many ups and downs, it was a good decade for investment portfolios.

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  • As doctors prepare to treat coronavirus, what does the outbreak mean for investors?

    As doctors prepare to treat coronavirus, what does the outbreak mean for investors?

    As Chinese policymakers take unprecedented strides to contain the spread of the coronavirus, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the impact on markets and the overall economy.

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  • Staying supportive: The U.S. Federal Reserve holds on rates to kick off 2020

    Staying supportive: The U.S. Federal Reserve holds on rates to kick off 2020

    As expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its target federal funds rate and prolonged its asset repurchasing program, to remain supportive of the economy.

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  • Saving room to go lower: The Bank of Canada holds rates steady

    Saving room to go lower: The Bank of Canada holds rates steady

    The Bank of Canada decided to hold on interest rates. Investor reaction and the Bank’s tone suggest that future policy decisions will result in lower rates.

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  • Investing in 5G

    Investing in 5G

    5G networks will bring faster, more reliable internet access to more people and gadgets than ever before. Investors who wish to capitalize have several options at their disposal.

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  • International conflict: What worsening U.S.-Iran relations means for markets and your portfolio

    International conflict: What worsening U.S.-Iran relations means for markets and your portfolio

    The recent assassination of Iran’s Qasem Soleimani has increased tensions in the Middle East. MD explores how this escalation will affect the global economy and what it means for investing.

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  • Will impeaching President Trump derail the U.S. Economy?

    Will impeaching President Trump derail the U.S. Economy?

    Despite the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, chances of reelection remain high and the U.S. economy is powering on. Here’s what it means for your investments.

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  • Boris' majority a good thing for British equities

    Boris' majority a good thing for British equities

    In the U.K., the new majority Conservative Party government, under the leadership of Prime Minster Boris Johnson, should be a positive for capital markets.

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  • Year of the IPO: Better to catch a ride on a unicorn than to invest in one

    Year of the IPO: Better to catch a ride on a unicorn than to invest in one

    The Year of the Unicorn: Why betting on the next great company can be risky business, and why traditional fundamentals still matter when valuing and selecting investments.

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  • Why Canada’s housing and household debt risks remain contained

    Why Canada’s housing and household debt risks remain contained

    Canadian households carry notoriously high levels of debt. But when considering the income side as well, the picture reveals that risks remain contained, explains MD's Rachael Moir.

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  • The U.S. Federal Reserve takes the patient approach: Leaves target rate range  unchanged

    The U.S. Federal Reserve takes the patient approach: Leaves target rate range unchanged

    The U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its target rate range at 1.50 to 1.75%. It feels that the current policy will support the continued expansion of economic activity and keep inflation near its 2.0%

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