Market Commentary & Research
Attack on Aramco
This week the market’s attention shifted away from trade wars to a potential military conflict in the Middle East. By now, most are aware of the overarching details: Saudi Arabia’s main oil processing and storage facility Abqaiq, which processes roughly 7 mln/bpd, was attacked forcing the shut down of more than 5 mln/bpd of capacity. This is the most significant disruption to global oil supply in modern history, as it represents about 5% of global production. Spot WTI and Brent oil prices jumped 15.5% and 12.4%, respectively on the news, but as it became evident the Saudis will have much of the production back online in the coming weeks both benchmarks retreated.Learn More about Attack on Aramco
Revisiting “Better Than Bonds”
Globally, investors have been flocking to safe-haven assets such as bonds over the past decade, sending bond yields to record lows (bond yields and prices are inversely related: when yields decline, bond prices increase). In fact, Canada, the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand are the only developed markets without government bonds trading with negative yields. The recent push that have sent bond yields to record lows come amid concerns over global trade, slowing global economy and heightened recession fears.Learn More about Revisiting “Better Than Bonds”
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Powell Pivot Complete
The US Federal Reserve delivered its first interest rate cut in over a decade amid concern decelerating global growth may further weigh on the US economy.Learn More about Powell Pivot Complete
Investment Strategy: "Entrenched: Trade Warfare"
Trade tensions between the United States and China have been a hallmark of President Trump’s time in office and a major market overhang that threatens to initiate a decoupling of the world’s largest economies, disrupting supply chains, and potentially hitting company earnings in the process.Learn More about Investment Strategy: "Entrenched: Trade Warfare"
Raymond James Strengthens Healthcare, Biotechnology, and Cannabis Research: Rahul Sarugaser Joins Canadian Team
Raymond James Ltd., the Canadian arm of North American investment dealer Raymond James Financial Inc., today announced that Rahul Sarugaser has joined its Canadian Equity Research team as Managing Director, Equity Analyst, Healthcare, Biotechnology & Cannabis.Learn More