Consumer prices continued to grow during the month but showed signs of slight easing. Both manufacturing and service sector activity slowed during the month, partly due to ongoing supply chain disruptions and lockdown restrictions in China. The Fed raised the target range of its federal funds rate by 50 basis [...]
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Global equity markets fell substantially during April 2022. Investor sentiment waned amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict as its negative impact on the global supply chain helped push prices higher. Oil prices finished slightly higher, as lower supply was offset by expectations of falling demand and persistent lockdown restrictions in China. To [...]
The global economy was under pressure during the month of March amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict,supply chain disruptions and still-surging inflationary pressures. Global consumers were hindered byelevated consumer prices and economic risk. Oil prices rose over the month to reach, at one point, overUS$123/barrel, their highest level since 2008. Meanwhile, investors [...]
The restrictions put in place to contain the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to weigh on global economic activity in January. The service sector experienced a significant decline. While economic activity slowed, inflation continued its march higher through the period, raising new questions about the stability of [...]
COVID-19 was the main determinant of economic activity and the leading global story for 2020 and most of 2021. How economies around the world restart from the pandemic and thrive in a post-pandemic world will be the story that dominates the investment industry in 2022 and beyond. This is not [...]
Economic activity in November was relatively strong, with gains in the manufacturing and service sector, while global supply chain issues, raw material shortages and rising inflation weighed on expectations. With the strengthening economy and high inflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) announced that it would begin reducing its asset [...]
Economic activity during the month of October was hindered by global supply issues and the COVID-19Delta variant. Inflation remained elevated, prompting some global central banks to acknowledge higherinflation may persist into 2022. As reported in October, economic growth in the U.S. and China slowed inthe third quarter, while growth in [...]
Transferring an RRSP or a registered pension plan (RPP) by will to a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) can result in significant tax savings for an estate while providing financial security for a child or grandchild with a disability. The rules governing RDSPs allow for a tax-free rollover of the [...]
Global economic conditions continued to improve in July, but a rise in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in some areas of the world raised concerns that another wave of the virus could derail the economic recovery. Global service sector activity expanded further during the month as ongoing re-openings led [...]
The race between containing the COVID-19 virus and its variants versusvaccine rollout and efficacy is being won by the miraculous work of scientistsand health care workers. However, equity markets and commodity priceshave moved a long way toward pricing in this optimistic scenario.While “peak everything” may be near, the size of [...]