MD Blogs

  • We’re only human: Let’s bust a few myths about robo-advisors

    We’re only human: Let’s bust a few myths about robo-advisors

    My colleagues and I like to keep a close eye on robots, droids, and information technologies, especially when they may signal investment opportunities for MD funds, pools and portfolios. Within...

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  • Bank of Canada rate hike signals healthy Canadian economy

    Bank of Canada rate hike signals healthy Canadian economy

    As expected, the Bank of Canada (BoC) raised interest rates to 1.50% from 1.25% this morning. In the official announcement released earlier today, the BoC cited solid global growth which is in...

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  • World Cup scores, trade wars and other costly spectacles

    World Cup scores, trade wars and other costly spectacles

    As people gather to watch the “beautiful game” of World Cup football this week, an ugly clash of nations has also become a spectator sport: escalating trade wars. While the United States failed to...

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  • Sector Scan: Finding the shine in materials

    Sector Scan: Finding the shine in materials

    My career started in the late 90s. We were nearing the end of the technology stock bubble and I was looking for the next opportunity.  My analysis pointed towards commodities—there was a...

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  • Subadvisor Spotlight: What Rock N’ Roll Can Teach Us About Investing

    Subadvisor Spotlight: What Rock N’ Roll Can Teach Us About Investing

    MD Financial Management’s global sub-advisors are hired for their investment philosophy, asset management expertise, investment research, innovation and, above all, their great people. In this...

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  • The same trusted MD Financial Management

    The same trusted MD Financial Management

    This spring, we announced that MD Financial Management* will be acquired by Scotiabank® and operate as a distinct, stand-alone brand within Scotia Wealth Management®. I understand that this news...

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  • G7 Aftermath: G6 + 1

    G7 Aftermath: G6 + 1

    As the world gets together in Russia to celebrate sport and sportsmanship at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it’s a stark contrast to see the U.S. at odds with most of the developed world as far as trade...

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  • Fed Rate Hike Mirrors Strength in U.S. Economy

    Fed Rate Hike Mirrors Strength in U.S. Economy

    The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) announced its second interest rate hike of 2018 on Wednesday, raising it by 0.25% to 1.75% – 2.00%. This was widely anticipated and no surprise to investors. More...

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  • Why We Aren’t Reeling Over Steel Tariffs

    Why We Aren’t Reeling Over Steel Tariffs

    New U.S. trade penalties imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum have had little impact on investors and companies in MD portfolios, even as trade war talks heat up at the G7 Summit.

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  • Slip and Slide at the Pumps: Why Gas Prices Are Up

    Slip and Slide at the Pumps: Why Gas Prices Are Up

    You may have noticed that prices at the pumps have shot up recently, especially if you were gassing up during Victoria Day weekend. Oil prices have been steadily rising over the past 12 months...

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  • The Bank of Canada Holds Its Key Interest Rate Steady

    The Bank of Canada Holds Its Key Interest Rate Steady

    As expected, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced it is holding its key interest rate steady at 1.25% and further validated our expectations for more rate hikes in 2018. The announcement...

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  • Sector Scan: Despite Recent Challenges, Tech Continues to Outpace Other Sectors

    Sector Scan: Despite Recent Challenges, Tech Continues to Outpace Other Sectors

    This MD Blog post was written in collaboration with my colleague Mark Fairbairn, Assistant Vice President with the Investment Management and Strategy team here at MD. Earlier in the year, up to 87...

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  • Royal Wedding Bells a Boon for the U.K.’s Economy?

    Royal Wedding Bells a Boon for the U.K.’s Economy?

    When Harry and Meghan tie the knot on Saturday in St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle, it’s estimated that over three billion people will watch the ceremony on television and social media....

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  • U.S. Unemployment Hits 17-year Low: How Good Can It Get?

    U.S. Unemployment Hits 17-year Low: How Good Can It Get?

    Like taking the temperature and blood pressure of a patient, measuring employment is perhaps the best way to determine the general health of an economy. The more employment there is in a country,...

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  • U.S. Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady

    U.S. Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady

    On May 2, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it will leave interest rates unchanged. The key short-term rate stands at 1.50% to 1.75%.

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  • Forget the Headlines: Stick to Investing Basics

    Forget the Headlines: Stick to Investing Basics

    Every day there’s some hot new topic that’s driving headlines. That’s why it’s so important not to get distracted by the noise. Remember: good investments aren’t tied to the daily news cycle.

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  • Proposed Tax Changes, At A Glance

    Proposed Tax Changes, At A Glance

    Wondering what the proposed tax changes on private corporations are? Here is MD Financial Management’s quick snapshot of the proposals. 1. Income Sprinkling Pre-2017 tax rules ...

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions Floodgates Open in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Mergers and Acquisitions Floodgates Open in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Recently, we have seen a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. Here are the factors that have contributed to it.

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  • Interest Rates Hold Steady: Bank of Canada

    Interest Rates Hold Steady: Bank of Canada

    Although it says higher interest rates will eventually be required, the Bank of Canada announced Wednesday that it is holding its overnight lending rate steady at 1.25%.

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  • New Mortgage Rules Reduce What You Can Borrow

    New Mortgage Rules Reduce What You Can Borrow

    The federal government has been tightening mortgage rules to try to limit how much debt Canadians take on. Learn more about how the new mortgage stress test may affect how much you can borrow.

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