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SECOND QUARTER 2017 FIXED INCOME COMMENTARY

The victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election, followed by a decisive victory of his party in the legislative round, gave him control of the National Assembly, thereby reducing any near term concerns regarding the stability of the European Union (EU). [+] Read More

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SECOND QUARTER 2017 RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE – Polarizing Views

The media and President Trump continue their war of words on fake news and counter accusations of bias and polarized opinion. While Mr. Trump’s base support remains firm despite the deluge of negative press, investors are focussing more on economic fundamentals. [+] Read More

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Michael Sprung Top Stock Picks Canada on BNN’s Market Call, June 7, 2017

Contrary to the negative views expressed by the media, U.S. investors have continued to embrace the policies of the Trump administration, as evidenced by the markets’ advances. This enthusiasm has been most evident in the larger capitalized companies that would stand to benefit the most from lesser regulation and lower taxes.
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Top Stock Picks 2017 – Michael Sprung on BNN’s Market Call – April 28th, 2017

As we look back at the first 100 days of the Trump administration, we see a period filled with conflicting messages. The media has been prolific in their condemnation of Trump’s policies but the capital markets have been more sanguine. [+] Read More

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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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