January 11, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

On this day in 1757, Alexander Hamilton, future U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the American financial system, is born on the Caribbean island of Nevis.

On Jan. 11, 1964, the United States surgeon general reported that cigarettes cause lung cancer.
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The Financial Times held a Haiku prediction for 2018 competition for its readers.  In last weekend’s edition they stated that hundreds of haikus poured form all over the world.
The winner of the magnum of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is James Lindesay of Leicester:

The future awaits:
a Brexitrumpocalypse
or more of the same.

Here are some of the other winners:

Bitcoin will melt down
Rocket man goes up in smoke
Weed stocks will light up
Samuel McWhirter, Toronto.

Putin looks forward
To Moscow’s World Cup final
Nobody else does
David Conolly-Smith, Munich

Tale of two babies:
Royal arrival, peachy
Royal *&!@, impeached
Sam Selbie, Edinburgh

A lion dancer, known as Shishimai, performs ritual dance during First Konpira Festival at Kotochira-gu shrine in Tokyo, Japan.


Members of Xarxa theater company perform “Fahrenheit Ara Pacis” durine the Santiago a Mil International Festival in Santiago, Chile.

Performers during the Cirque du Soleil ‘OVO’ dress rehearsal at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Market Closes for January 11th, 2018



Close Change


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S&P 500 2766.44 +18.21



NASDAQ 7211.777 +58.206



TSX 16285.99 +38.04



International Markets



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NIKKEI 23710.43 -77.77


31120.39 +46.67
SENSEX 34503.49 +70.42
FTSE 100* 7762.94 +14.43


Bonds % Yield Previous % Yield

10 Year Bond

2.168 2.157

30 Year


2.379 2.386

10 Year Bond

2.5367 2.5495

30 Year Bond

2.8681 2.8912


BOC Close Today Previous  
Canadian $ 0.79861 0.79697


1.25217 1.25476
Euro Rate

1 Euro=

Canadian $ 1.50641 0.66383


1.20304 0.83123


Gold Close Previous
London Gold


1323.05 1319.75
WTI Crude Future 63.80 63.57

Market Commentary:
Number of the Day

Wal-Mart said Thursday it will raise starting pay to $11 an hour for all its U.S. employees, a sign that competition for low-wage workers is intensifying.
By Kristine Owram

     (Bloomberg) — Canadian stocks rose the most in a week, propelled by higher commodity prices that offset declining pot shares and consumer staples.
     The S&P/TSX Composite Index added 39 points or 0.2 percent to 16,286.94. Energy stocks rose 1 percent as crude prices rose to the highest since late 2014, while the materials index added 0.8 percent.
     On the negative side, health-care shares fell 4 percent as volatility continued in cannabis stocks. Canopy Growth Corp. lost 10 percent and Aphria Inc. fell 9 percent.
     In other moves:
* Onex Corp. added 1.4 percent, the most in more than a month, after RBC Capital Markets upgraded the shares to outperform
* Shaw Communications Inc. fell 2.8 percent to the lowest since March after first-quarter profit missed analyst estimates
* Cogeco Communications Inc. lost 3.2 percent after first- quarter revenue missed estimates
* Western Canada Select crude oil traded at a $25.35 discount to WTI, unchanged from Wednesday
* Aeco natural gas traded at a 81 cent discount to Henry Hub
* Gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,322.50 an ounce, the highest since September
* The Canadian dollar strengthened 0.2 percent to $1.2527 per U.S. dollar, the first gain this week
* The Canada 10-year government bond yield was little changed at 2.17 percent
By Jeremy Herron and Kailey Leinz

     (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks rebounded from the first retreat of the year to set fresh records, as resource producers and industrial shares rallied on optimism in the global economy. The dollar fell and Treasuries halted a decline.
     The S&P 500 Index pushed its gain in 2018 to 3.5 percent, while small caps and tech shares rose to all-time highs. The 10- year Treasury yield fell to 2.53 percent, while 30-year yields slumped after an auction. Bonds halted a slide sparked by rising concerns on inflation and the potential for fewer purchases by China. Oil was little changed after erasing a gain that took it to a three-year high. U.S. natural gas futures spiked higher.
     The risk-on rally that greeted the new year resumed Thursday as American equities shook off some of the concerns that led to Wednesday’s declines. Data showing weaker wholesale prices tamped down concern that inflation would accelerate, though a key reading on consumer prices Friday will be closely watched. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. will kick off the corporate earnings season Friday, with investors awaiting any commentary on the impact of U.S. tax reform on 2018 results. 
     “Most of the dynamics that were in place late last year remain in place,” Burns McKinney, chief investment officer for Allianz Global Investors based in Dallas, said by phone. “What’s been driving the markets is that equities and investors have continued to price in the potential gains from tax reform… There’s still room for earnings forecasts to move upward.”
     Here are some of the main events to watch for in the rest of the week:
* U.S. inflation data are forecast to show price pressures remain muted for now, giving hawks little reason to argue for faster tightening.
* Outgoing New York Federal Reserve Bank President Bill Dudley is scheduled to speak later this week.  
     And these are the main moves in markets:
* The S&P 500 rose 0.7 percent to 2,767.55 at 4 p.m. in New York, for its seventh gain in eight days and a fresh record.
* The Russell 2000 Index climbed 1.7 percent for the biggest gain since September, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.8 percent. Both closed at records.
* The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.3 percent.
* The MSCI All-Country World Index added 0.4 percent.
* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.4 percent.
* The euro climbed 0.8 percent to $1.2045, the biggest increase since November.
* The British pound rose 0.2 percent to $1.3536.
* The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell two basis points to 2.53 percent.
* The 30-year yield slid three basis points to 2.87 percent.
* Germany’s 10-year yield rose four basis points to 0.58 percent, the highest in almost six months.
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index increased 0.1 percent for the third gain in a row.
* West Texas Intermediate crude was steady at $63.58 a barrel, while Brent fell 0.1 percent to $69.14 after briefly topping $70.
* LME copper gained 0.2 percent to $7,170.50 per metric ton, the highest in a week.
* Gold futures rose 0.2 percent to $1,322.20 an ounce, headed for the highest close since September.


Have a wonderful evening everyone.


Be magnificent!


As ever,




Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
                                     -Baltasar Gracian, 1601-1658

Carolann Steinhoff, B.Sc., CFP®, CIM, CIWM
Portfolio Manager &
Senior Vice-President

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