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Market Returns

Value as of

Mar. 31 2016*


Year to date




3,7 %

-11,1 %

S&P 500


0,8 %

-0,7 %

Euro Stoxx 50 


-8.0 %

3,8 %

MCSI emerging markets


5.4 %

-17,0 %

Oil ($US/Barrel)

$ 38.34

-4.1 %

-38,8 %

Gold ($US/oz)

$ 1,236

16.4 %

-10,8 %


$ 0.77

6.8 %

-16,5 %

Source : Bloomberg, Richardson GMP Limited

*Values are in local currency


For an updated performance table, please contact us.

Investment Strategies  

Traders are starting to bet big on emerging market
If you're following the money, it looks like emerging markets are back. Since early March, net flows into the popular iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) have topped $4.6 billion. We continue to see flow moving out of developed markets" and into emerging markets. The performance since the beginning of March has certainly been nothing to sneeze at. The EEM has risen some 15 percent in that time, versus an S&P 500 that is up just half that. 
Tax & Estate Planning Strategies 
Full Federal Budget analysis: 2016
Canadians have been anticipating significant changes in tax legislation since the Liberal government was elected in October 2015. The party platform indicated that taxes would be increased for high income families and tax rules would be tightened for sharing or deferring income to reduce taxes within corporations.
In the news                                     

Gloom about oil-price shock overblown
It's undeniable that the prolonged decline in the price of crude has had a significant negative impact in certain regions of the country. However, Canada's economy is more diversified than we're giving it credit for. Canada's resource wealth has not gone away. A market price correction does not mean that an enviable national asset has suddenly become a liability.

Economic fundamentals remain strong, noting that low interest rates, steady job growth and low fuel prices have boosted consumer spending in most regions of the country.

The benefits of falling oil price and loonie
The Bank of Canada says the majority of companies polled in its latest business outlook survey have reported increasingly tangible benefits since the oil price shock started to drive down the Canadian dollar. The central bank's quarterly survey of about 100 Canadian firms revealed Friday that, in most cases, the weaker loonie has helped exporters such as manufacturers boost their margins through products sold abroad. 

There was however a sharp divergence in opinion depending on how closely tied the company was to the energy industry.

Global economic lift
Closely watched strategist Jim Paulsen sees two scenarios playing out in markets this year - and both involve Fed rate hikes. In the first, concerns about global growth persist, but the Fed is forced to raise rates this year because of inflation in wages and core prices. In a more positive and equally likely scenario, Paulsen sees global growth picking up, allowing the Fed to raise rates into economic strength.

In the near term, stock valuations look high and investors are getting mixed messages as full employment butts up against the prospect of rising interest rates, Paulsen said. In that environment, the market is likely to bounce around a lot, but not go very far, he concluded.

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

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