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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

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THIRD QUARTER 2017 RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE – Ten Years Later

It has been ten years since the great financial crisis. In the US, the S&P 500 peaked on October 9, 2007. The Canadian market continued its upward trajectory into the following year peaking in June as energy stocks were buoyed by high oil prices. While the bull market leading up to 2008 had duration of about five years, the current bull market has gone on for ten years without any significant setback. [+] Read More

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

Global markets were mixed in the second quarter of 2017. The US market recorded another positive quarter, albeit half as robust as the prior quarter. European markets managed to eke out a modestly positive quarter in spite of a large decline in June following the inconclusive UK election. Asian markets were very strong due to trade in information technology and a positive election result in South Korea. Resource heavy markets such as those of Latin America, Australia and Canada were not as fortunate and generally posted negative returns in the quarter. [+] Read More

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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