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REMINDER: Our Research Department released last month their Quartely Market Outlook. You can access the full report by clicking here.


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Market Returns

Value as of

Feb. 29 2016*


Year to date




-1.1 %

-11,1 %

S&P 500


-5,5 %

-0,7 %

Euro Stoxx 50 


-9.8 %

3,8 %

MCSI emerging markets


-6.8 %

-17,0 %

Oil ($US/Barrel)

$ 33.75

-11.6 %

-38,8 %

Gold ($US/oz)

$ 1,234

16.4 %

-10,8 %


$ 0.74

2.3 %

-16,5 %

Source : Bloomberg, Richardson GMP Limited

*Values are in local currency


For an updated performance table, please contact us.

Investment Strategies  

Why Canadian equities are due for a comeback
Canadian stocks have underperformed their American counterparts for five years now. That imbalance is an opportunity. That is the longest consecutive stretch of underperformance since 1970. (The previous record was the four years from 1989 to 1992.) If you believe the Canadian and American economies and capital markets are broadly similar, just skewed toward different industries and sizes of enterprises - and we do - then it's high time for the pendulum to swing the other way and for capital invested in Canada to begin earning a higher return than in the U.S.

Canada's long track record of market efficiency, transparency, the rule of law, and consistent and predictable regulation that's similar to the U.S. gives us confidence that the market's valuation will indeed revert to the mean-maybe not this year, but over the long term.
Tax & Estate Planning Strategies 
Opportunities for tax savings
Investing time and effort as you prepare your personal tax returns can result in substantial tax savings. The following tips should assist you in identifying potential opportunities to reduce taxes and protect your family's wealth. Since tax filing can be complex and ever changing, we recommend that you speak to your personal tax advisor prior to filing your return.
In the news                                     

Why the stock market won't collapse this year
The global economy and the U.S. in particular will do better than the bears believe, largely because of the positive impact of depressed oil prices, and that, in turn, makes a major market break unlikely. Individual investors are not embracing the current stock market. Instead they have been selling equities and buying bonds and gold. The economy does not appear to be overwrought.

The market overall is underrating what will very likely become an important economic tailwind for the next several quarters, writes Grantham, referring to the oil price drop. The U.S. and global economies are likely to do significantly better this year than recent opinions predict.

3 ways to stay composed during volatility
Volatility is unavoidable in investing. But overreacting to short-term news and normal market movements often leads investors to inappropriately alter their asset allocations, potentially harming their ability to achieve long-term investment goals. Rather than fear volatile markets, investors should maintain their composure by staying focused on long-term economic and market expectations, and keeping three simple principles in mind.

Market drawdowns can occur frequently - over days, weeks or months - but having the fortitude to stay invested during these periods requires discipline that has often been rewarded. Despite average intra-year drops of 14.2%, annual returns are positive in 27 of 36 years.

Major bubble just burst, and that's good for stocks
Better-than-expected U.S. data and a stable Chinese yuan has led to a popping of the global "negativity bubble," and that could drive equities significantly higher in March. Essentially, people were defensively positioned coming in to 2016. Then, all of a sudden, the numbers started to get a little bit better.

Despite depressed sentiment, tightening financial conditions, a shaky political backdrop and elevated volatility in assets and earnings, UBS still believes that markets are poised for gains and "remains comfortable" with an S&P 500 2016 year-end price target of 2,175, which is among the most bullish on Wall Street. That's a nearly 10 percent rise from the current price of around 1,986.

Eddy Farina, Fin. Pl., CIM
Senior Vice President, Investment Advisor

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