Market Commentary & Research
ESG During Pandemic Times
Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has been a headline subject over the past couple years in the Canadian retail landscape. Many investment firms are considering, or are already in the process of, integrating an ESG framework into their practices as availability of data sets and sharing of best practices expands. The trend has been driven by a variety reasons. We are not looking to delve into the ABC’s of ESG per se; rather we highlight how the ESG landscape has progressed through a thus-far tumultuous 2020. In particular, we’ll look to see whether one of the biggest market meltdowns in modern history has caused investors to move away from ESG funds and how ESG funds performed so far this year.Read More about ESG During Pandemic Times
The more things change, the more things stay the same. While there is no question we will experience changes in how we live, work and play, the most significant impacts of COVID-19 will be simply to accelerate trends that were already in place prior to the crisis. Through either herd immunity or the successful creation of a vaccine, life will slowly return to normalcy, but the pandemic will undoubtedly present new opportunities for some industries and challenges for others. There will be winners and losers borne out of this crisis, which based on our current understanding, we outline throughout this publication.Read More about Post-COVID Themes
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Market Commentary & Research
US earnings season is in its final throws with ~90% of S&P 500 companies reporting Q1 results. The impact of COVID-19 towards the latter half of Q1 was enough to push earnings growth well into the red. Recall, in 2019 S&P 500 earnings growth was essential flat (grew 1.5% yoy) while the market itself managed to gain ~30%. With no earnings growth, 2019’s impressive gains came from price-earnings (PE) multiple expansion, not from an improvement in earnings.Read More about Earnings Recap
Raymond James Trust (Canada) Launched After Acquisition
Raymond James Ltd., the Canadian arm of North American investment dealer Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF), today announced it has completed the acquisition of Oak Trust Company, a privately held, federally regulated trust company based in London, Ontario. Following regulatory approval, the new division will be named Raymond James Trust (Canada).Read More about Raymond James Trust (Canada) Launched After Acquisition
Raymond James Hires Scott Hudson as National Director, Wealth Management
Raymond James Ltd., the Canadian arm of North American investment dealer Raymond James Financial, Inc., today announced that Scott Hudson has joined the firm as National Director, Wealth Management.Press Release