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FIRST QUARTER 2018 RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE

Despite a strong start in January, global stock markets became unnerved in the latter part of the first quarter of 2018. Rising trade tensions contributed to the unease investors exhibited as the US took a stronger stance on bilateral trade negotiations through the enactment of targeted tariffs. In addition, inflation and rising interest rates caused concern amongst investors. The dominant technology stocks that had been largely contributing to the markets’ advance came under pressure as political scrutiny prompted calls for greater regulation in the industry. [+] Read More

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BNN Market Call – Michael Sprung’s Top Picks and Outlook

Despite a strong start in January, global stock markets became unnerved in the latter part of the first quarter of 2018. Rising trade tensions contributed to the unease investors exhibited as the U.S. took a stronger stance on bilateral trade negotiations through the enactment of targeted tariffs. In addition, inflation and rising interest rates caused concern amongst investors. [+] Read More

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Michael Sprung Top Picks BNN Market Call – Feburary 21, 2018

In the last month, we have witnessed the return of some volatility in the global stock markets. While valuations have corrcted somewhat, They are still above their longer term norms. To date, there have not been any notable downward revisions in global economic growth over 2018. However, ten years is an exceedingly long time for an economic expansion to continue without a slowdown or recession. During any expansion, there are always elements in the economy that accumulate until things come to a breaking point.
All of the same geopolitical concerns stemming from Washington, North Korea, the Middle East and elsewhere remain. NAFTA negotiations drag forward with little progress in eveidence.
All of these factors lead us to continue exercising caution and prudence in the current environment.
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Michael Sprung’s Top Stock Picks on BNN’s Market Call Tonight, December 13, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close global stock markets have continued their ascent throughout the fourth quarter of 2017. Many economists pontificate on the synchronized global recovery underway, evident from improving employment levels and some muted signals of inflationary growth. Commodities have been on a roller coaster as perceived demand has spiked up and retreated over the course of the quarter. [+] Read More

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Top Picks & Outlook – Michael Sprung on BNN’s Market Call Tonight

Global stock markets generally continued their upward bias in the third quarter of 2017. This bias was supported by strengthening economic growth in both the developed and emerging economies although at subpar levels compared with traditional recoveries. [+] Read More