October 18th, 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Tangents: Happy Monday.
1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard M. Nixon’s veto.  Go to article »

Tony Bennett has set a new Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to release an album of new material.  The man is still churning ’em out at 95 YEARS OLD

A Russian crew safely returned to Earth after 12 days of filming the first feature movie shot in space.

Astronauts walk in space suits during a Mars training mission in Israel’s southern Negev desert. Here’s a look at 33 moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.


A drone photo shows hot-air balloons gliding over the Cappadocia region, which is listed as an Unesco world heritage site.

People visit the Kingdom of Permafrost Museum, which is housed inside the Soviet-era tunnels on the outskirts of a city known as the coldest in the world.

The paintings ‘Rouen Cathedral Evening’ and ‘Rouen Cathedral Noon by Claude Monet are seen on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Market Closes for October 18th, 2021

Close Change
35258.61 -36.15
S&P 500 4486.46 +15.09
NASDAQ 15021.81 +124.47


TSX 20985.37 +57.27













International Markets

Close Change
NIKKEI 29025.46 -43.17
25409.75 +78.79
SENSEX 61765.59 +459.64
FTSE 100* 7203.83 -30.20



Bonds % Yield Previous % Yield
10 Year Bond
1.588 1.587
30 Year
1.969 1.987
10 Year Bond
1.6002 1.5738
30 Year Bond
  2.0336   2.0456


BOC Close Today Previous  
Canadian $ 0.8080 0.8083
1.2376 1.2372
Euro Rate
1 Euro=
Canadian $ 1.4371 0.6958
1.1612 0.8612


Gold Close Previous
London Gold
1772.65 1798.70
WTI Crude Future 82.44 82.28

Market Commentary:
     On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover announced the creation of an unemployment-relief commission “to cast sunshine into the habitations of despair.” He also used the word “depression” to describe the state of the U.S. economy, adding that it had been “deepened by events from abroad which are beyond the control of either our citizens or our government.”
By Natasha Abellard
(Bloomberg) — Canadian equities advanced for a ninth straight day to a record high as inflation concerns subsided and the prices of crude oil slipped from multiyear highs.  The S&P/TSX Composite Index closed up 0.3% in Toronto, with tech equities leading the gain.  Shopify contributed the most to the index gain, increasing 2.9%.  Denison Mines had the largest increase, rising 12.8%. Today, 111 of 234 shares rose, while 120 fell; 5 of 11 sectors were higher, led by information technology stocks.

* This year, the index rose 20%, heading for the best year in at least 10 years
* The index advanced 28%in the past 52 weeks. The MSCI AC Americas Index gained 29% in the same period
* The S&P/TSX Composite is 0% below its 52-week high on Oct. 18, 2021 and 36.1% above its low on Oct. 30, 2020
* The S&P/TSX Composite is up 2.8% in the past 5 days and rose 2.4% in the past 30 days
* S&P/TSX Composite is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.9 on a trailing basis and 16.3 times estimated earnings of its members for the coming year
* The index’s dividend yield is 2.5% on a trailing 12-month basis
* S&P/TSX Composite’s members have a total market capitalization of C$3.3t
* 30-day price volatility rose to 10.41% compared with 10.38% in the previous session and the average of 9.39% over the past month
|Index Points | |
Sector Name | Move | % Change | Adv/Dec
* Information Technology | 44.6309| 1.9| 7/8
* Industrials | 17.7042| 0.7| 24/6
* Financials | 12.2965| 0.2| 16/10
* Consumer Staples | 3.8313| 0.5| 9/4
* Real Estate | 2.2819| 0.4| 18/7
* Utilities | -2.0942| -0.2| 4/12
* Health Care | -2.1102| -1.1| 2/7
* Communication Services | -3.3509| -0.3| 1/6
* Consumer Discretionary | -4.3132| -0.6| 7/6
* Energy | -5.3663| -0.2| 7/16
* Materials | -6.2475| -0.3| 16/38
| | |Volume VS | YTD
| Index | | 20D AVG | Change
Top Contributors |Points Move| % Change | (%) | (%)
* Shopify | 39.8700| 2.9| -42.0| 26.2
* Constellation | | | |
* Software | 7.9810| 2.7| -9.0| 34.5
* Royal Bank of Canada| 6.1310| 0.5| 227.5| 25.5
* Lightspeed Commerce | | | |
* Inc | -3.5580| -3.4| -41.6| 31.4
* Suncor Energy | -4.3450| -1.4| 12.4| 34.4
* Magna International | -6.3250| -3.1| 9.3| 14.7

By Vildana Hajric and Nathan Hager
(Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks extended a rebound on Monday as a whipsaw in energy prices relieved some pressure on the market. The S&P 500 added 0.3% and the Nasdaq 100 gained 1% in a continuation of last week’s gains when solid corporate earnings and economic reports were enough to outweigh concerns about energy shortages and supply-chain disruptions. Earlier on Monday OPEC+ failed to meet output targets and Russia opted against sending more natural gas to Europe, pushing commodity prices higher.  However, oil’s decline from a session high eased some fears of inflation and policy tightening. The S&P 500 has now pared back losses from an all-time high to about 1.1%. “The issues that caused the pullback have quieted over the past two weeks, which has rightly allowed stocks to bounce,” wrote Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who founded “The Sevens Report” newsletter. “But these issues are not resolved by any stretch of the imagination.” The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 1.59% while U.K. yields surged after the Bank of England warned on the need to respond to price pressures. Rate-hike bets have now also picked up in Australia and New Zealand, where inflation accelerated to the fastest pace in 10 years.
The dollar was little changed. “Rising commodity prices — particularly oil prices, which only appear to go in one direction at the moment — are boosting expectations of high inflation becoming more entrenched and a sooner move by the Fed to raise interest rates,” said Fiona Cincotta, senior financial markets analyst at City Index.  On top of that, there are fears the central bank will not be nimble enough to respond to a miscalculation, said Michael Darda, chief economist and market strategist at MKM Holdings. “That’s where we could end up with recessionary risks down the line,” he warned. Speakers from the Federal Reserve this week are expected to try to calm market jitters about future tightening. Additionally, another week of corporate earnings will offer traders more insight into the health of major corporations. “We have used most of the superlatives we know to describe corporate America’s stunning performances over the past two earnings seasons,” said Jeff Buchbinder, equity strategist for LPL Financial. “We expect solid earnings gains during the upcoming third-quarter earnings season, but upside surprises will be smaller.” “Unfortunately, we won’t need as many superlatives,” he added. Stocks in Europe fell while those in Asia were mixed after data China’s economy slowed in the third quarter. Bitcoin rose to $61,320 ahead of the launch of the first futures exchange-traded fund. Gold fell 0.2%.

Events to watch this week:
* Earnings roll in, including from AT&T Inc., Barclays Plc, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix Inc. and Tesla Inc.
* Bank Indonesia rate decision and briefing, Tuesday
* China’s NPC Standing Committee starts a meeting Tuesday that goes on through Oct. 23. A review of anti-monopoly regulations is on the agenda
* U.S. housing starts, Tuesday
* EIA crude oil inventory report, Wednesday
* China property prices, loan prime rates, Wednesday
* U.S. Conference Board leading index, U.S. existing home sales, jobless claims, Thursday
* Fed Chair Jerome Powell takes part in policy panel discussion, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:
* The S&P 500 rose 0.3% as of 4:02 p.m. New York time
* The Nasdaq 100 rose 1%
* The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1%
* The MSCI World index rose 0.1%

* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
* The euro was little changed at $1.1610
* The British pound fell 0.2% to $1.3730
* The Japanese yen was little changed at 114.32 per dollar

* The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced two basis points to 1.59%
* Germany’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to -0.15%
* Britain’s 10-year yield advanced three basis points to 1.14%

* West Texas Intermediate crude was little changed
* Gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,764.60 an ounce

–With assistance from Kamaron Leach, Abigail Moses and Andreea Papuc.
Have a lovely evening.

Be magnificent!

As ever,


There are rich people and there are those that have money.  They are not the same people. -Coco Chanel, 1883-1971.

Carolann Steinhoff, B.Sc., CFP®, CIM, CIWM
Senior Investment Advisor

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