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FIRST QUARTER 2017 FIXED INCOME COMMENTARY

If the first quarter is a harbinger of political turbulence to come, then we are looking forward to interesting times! The Trump presidency has had a rocky start with changes in tack regarding appointments and implementation of promised reforms. While new administrations do tend to have their challenges as they settle into their roles, the Trump administration seems to have had more than their share. It can only be hoped that they will find their “sea legs” soon. [+] Read More

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MARKET COMMENTARY – FIRST QUARTER 2017 RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE

MARKET COMMENTARY Since the inauguration on January 20, we have all been inundated by media reports on the first one hundred days of the Trump administration. While stock market participants entered the year with apparently high expectations, towards the end of this 90 day quarter there has been wavering of sentiment as the realization that not all of Trump’s campaign promises are likely to be delivered. [+] Read More

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Bank of Montreal (TSE:BMO) plans first-of-its-kind mortgage-backed bond

Bank of Montreal (TSE:BMO, Mkt cap 63.98B, P/E 13.05, Div/yield 0.88/3.57, EPS 7.56, Shares 651.65M), one of the “Big Five” banks in Canada, is to bundle nearly C$2 billion of prime Canadian mortgages into securities, Moody’s said in a pre-sale report on Monday.
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Barrick Gold Corp (TSE:ABX) agrees property earn-in for ATAC’s Orion Project

Barrick Gold Corp (TSE:ABX, Mkt cap 30.86B, Div/yield 0.04/0.59, EPS 0.75, Shares 1.17B) and ATAC Resources Ltd have entered into a property earn-in agreement, ATAC said on Monday.
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Cenovus Energy Inc (TSE:CVE) makes progress on acquisition financing

Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy Inc (TSE:CVE, Mkt cap 15.38B, Div/yield 0.05/1.35, EPS -0.65, Shares 1.02B) is making good progress executing on the financing plan for its $17.7bn purchase of assets in Western Canada, the company said on Thursday.
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