Fate of the U.S. Dollar

If you've been wondering about the sustainability and reliability of the U.S. Dollar as the global default currency, this episode is for you.

Tuesday, 04 July 2023

The U.S. Dollar has been the global reserve currency since 1944, when the Bretton Woods Agreement solidified the transition from the British Pound to U.S. Dollars. Recently, several clients have asked whether the U.S. Dollar can withstand challenges from growing currencies, like the Chinese Yuan, or from digital currencies. In this episode, we will review the history of currency markets, along with a deep dive into the strength of the U.S. Dollar compared to other major global currencies.

The 2022 Bear Market is Over

The bottom of the 2022 bear market happened in mid-October when the market was down 25% on a year-to-date basis, but we've come a long way since then.

Tuesday, 20 June 2023

The bottom of the 2022 bear market happened in mid-October when the market was down 25% on a year-to-date basis, and it was the second time the market hit a 25% dip last year, which is actually better than the average bear market loss of 34%. There has been upward momentum since then, and Jay Pluimer discusses the specifics in this optimistic episode.

Post-COVID Stock Market Approaching?

By Jay Pluimer, AIF® CIMA®

Thursday, 15 June 2023

Post-COVID Stock Market Approaching?

We share a number of different charts and graphics during client meetings, so we are adding a monthly Investment Update Blog to capture the lessons and context provided by these slides for clients that we have not met with recently. For example, there are a few Market Update Slides that indicate we could finally be approaching a stock market environment that is no longer reacting to the uncertainty directly tied to COVID.

Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

The last time the stock market hit an all-time high was more than 450 days ago - and it can feel even longer for investors trying to wait patiently.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

With the last market all-time high occurring more than 450 days ago - and another not yet in sight - the stock market has been quite the emotional rollercoaster for investors. Looking at history, though, shows that time favors the patient investor. Jay Pluimer shares tips on how to weather the ride back to the top in this optimistic episode.

If it Bleeds, it Leads

Have we reached a saturation point for negative financial news stories?

Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Media companies are in the business of making money, and their profit motives tend to supersede other agendas. However, we may have reached a saturation point when it comes to negative financial news stories, with some investors having a skewed view of market performance that is not based in reality. It may be time for fewer flashy headlines and more context, and that's what we'll examine in this episode.

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